Yan Pei-Ming

  • Yan Pei-Ming/Courbet: Corps à Corps
    October 15, 2019 - January 26, 2020
    Petit Palais
    Avenue Winston Churchill
    75008 Paris

    On the occasion of Gustave Courbet's bicentenary (1819-1877), the Petit Palais presents Yan Pei-Ming / Courbet, Corps-à-corps, thus extending the exhibition organized at the Courbet Museum in Ornans earlier this year. Major works by Courbet, all from the Petit Palais collection, will be shown alongside some fifteen monumental paintings by Yan Pei-Ming, some of which were created in Courbet's studio in Ornans. They will be presented in a display deliberately inspired by the 19th century Salons, an unprecedented experience for the artist.

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  • October 1, 2019 - January 19, 2020
    Musée d'Orsay
    1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur
    75007 Paris

    When he arrived in France in 1980, aged twenty, Yan Pei-Ming immediately headed to Paris to discover the works of Gustave Courbet, then exhibited at the Musée du Louvre. Thirty-nine years later, considered one of the most masterful painters of our time, he was inspired by A Burial at Ornans, a masterpiece of realism, to create A Burial in Shanghai, specially designed for the Musée d’Orsay to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Courbet’s birth.

    On the occasion of this anniversary, Yan Pei-Ming has realized A Burial in Shanghai (Celestial Mountain, My Mother, The Farewell), a work consisting of three panels, in three different styles, from the most expressionistic to the most minute.

    The first piece features mountains painted in an expressionistic style, verging on abstraction: “It is an idealized landscape, heavenly perhaps, where I would hope for my mother to reside.”
    The portrait of his late mother is monumental. “My mother was an ordinary person,” he says, “but I painted her on the same scale as icons of political power.”
    The third panel, his mother’s funeral is painted on exactly the same scale as A Burial at Ornans (1849-1850): Here, every detail is meticulously depicted. The scene is no longer set in Ornans, but in Shanghai, birthplace of the artist.

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  • Yan Pei-Ming face à Courbet
    June 11, 2019 - September 30, 2019
    Musée Gustave Courbet
    1 Place Robert Fernier
    Ornans, France

    An exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of Gustave Courbet’s birth in 1819. Through a series of works created specifically for the exhibition, Yan Pei-Ming offers a variation on the themes characteristic to the Realist master: portraits, nudes, landscapes and animals. Generations apart, through their respective stories and styles, the works of Yan Pei-Ming and Courbet form a dialogue of bold gesture, large formats and emotional density. 


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  • Book Launch
    May 26, 2018 - May 26, 2018
    Paris Marais

    Please join us for the book launch of Yan Pei-Ming’s latest publication Dating on Saturday 26 May at 4pm. The catalogue includes installation views of his latest exhibition in our Marais gallery from March 2nd to April 21st 2018. Alongside with reproductions of the works you will find essays by art-critic and curator Bernard Marcadé on “Women, Power and Painting” and Reinhard Spieler, the Sprengel Museum Hannover director’s focusing “On the recent papal images of Yan Pei-Ming”.

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  • Book signing, 9 December, 5-6 pm
    December 9, 2017 - December 9, 2017
    Paris Marais

    Join us for a signing of Yan Pei-Ming’s first monograph edited by internationally renowned curator Francesco Bonami and published by Rizzoli International Publications. This major volume is the first comprehensive book on the artist’s practice.


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  • After photography
    October 15, 2016 - October 15, 2017
    Musée Nicéphore Niépce
    28, Quai des Messageries
    71100 Chalon-sur-Saône

    Through his famous monumental portraits brushed in two-colors, Yan Pei-Ming tries to reach a kind of universality. A compulsive and persevering artist, he makes portraits in series, painting from memory or after photography.

    This aspect particularly resonates in the Nicéphore Niépce museum's exhibition: several photographs of women and couples serve as a fertile source of inspiration for Yan Pei-Ming's creativity. Through a mix of charcoal and gouache the artist succeeds in rendering the brutality of real life and in intruding into the intimacy of these "ladies".



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  • Ruins in Real Time
    June 30, 2016 - September 1, 2016
    Centre régional d'art contemporain - Languedoc Roussillon Midi Pyrénées
    26 quai Aspirant Herber
    34200 Sete, France

    Opening: June 30, 7-9pm

    Yan Pei Ming is widely considered to be one of the most important contemporary artists of his generation.

    Yan Pei Ming will return to Sète to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the creation of the city's harbour, just as his previous exhibition in Rome heralded the 350th anniversary of the Villa Medici. In mid-2016, the Villa invited the artist to present a set of his works which had never been seen before.

    At CRAC, the exhibition, Ruines du temps réel, will present a selection of his most recent works, including portraits, landscapes, historical paintings, as well as paintings produced specifically for the project. 

    Yan Pei Ming, who is more interested in humanity than in individuality, transcends the everyday life. Very much a man of his time, his paintings reflect his era and evoke our contemporary reality.

    The opening of the exhibition Ruines du temps réel (Ruins in Real Time) at the CRAC coincides with the unveiling of the restoration of Yan Pei Ming's trio of wall paintings—Têtes (Heads)—at the Lycée Charles de Gaulle. The two projects bring together two key periods: the beginning of the artist's career and his latest works. 

    For more Information: http://crac.languedocroussillon.fr

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  • China 8
    May 15, 2015 - September 13, 2015
    MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany

    From 15 May to 13 September 2015 several works by Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming will be exhibited at the MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst​ in Duisburg, Germany, as part of the CHINA 8 exhibition - the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Chinese art held in Germany to date.
    Nine museums in Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Hagen, Marl, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Recklinghausen will be showing works by around 120 artists from the fields of painting, photography, calligraphy, ink drawing, sculpture, installation art and video.

    For further details about the exhiition project and the museum please click here.


    Photographie : André Morin
    © Yan Pei-Ming, ADAGP, Paris, 2015.

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  • No comment
    March 20, 2015 - June 14, 2015
    The Center for Contemporary Art in Málaga (CAC Málaga), Málaga, Spain

    On 20 March 2015 The Center for Contemporary Art in Málaga (CAC Málaga) opens Yan Pei-Ming´s first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum. No comment curated by Fernando Francés presents 27 large-scale paintings of the Chinese artist portraying known personalities of the political, religious, even economic world, but also of anonymous individuals who for some reason are victims of today's conflicts.

    For more information about the exhibition please click here

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  • Night of Colours
    September 20, 2014 - April 26, 2015
    Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles

    From 20 September 2014 to 26 April 2015 the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh in Arles, France, presents with Night of Colours several works by Yan Pei-Ming which the Chinese born French artist has created exclusively for this show as an homage to Van Gogh. Please find more information about the exhibition here

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