Yan Pei-Ming

Yan Pei-Ming was born in Shanghai in 1960; he lives and works between Dijon, Paris and Shanghai.


From the beginning of his career Pei-Ming has stood out for his interest in the human figure and portraiture. He gained international recognition for his expressive and monumental portraits of historical figures like Mao Zedong, the Buddha, the Pope, and Bruce Lee, while also exploring personal themes through self-portraits and depictions of his family.


The artist famously uses a long, mop-sized brush to create his iconic images, working rapidly with wet-into-wet oil paint, primarily on a two-toned monochrome colour palette in black and white or red and white.


Yan Pei-Ming's work is prominently featured in both private and public collections, including: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Heidi Horten Collection; S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Yuz Museum, Shanghai; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon; Fondation François Pinault, Paris; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de Bourgogne, Dijon; Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne; Le Consortium, Dijon; Les Abattoirs / FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes; Musée Paul Valéry, Sète; Collection Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Banca Popolare di Bergamo, Bergamo; Collezione Fondazione San Patrignano, Rimini; GAMeC - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo; MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Roma; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Qatar Museums Authority, Doha; Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyongju; Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga; Voorlinden Museum, Wassenaar; Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, Abu Dhabi; Academy of Arts, Honolulu; Honolulu Museum of Arts, Honolulu; The Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu; TIA Collection, Santa Fe.


Yan Pei-Ming’s work was included in The Lyon Biennale (1997, 2000); Venice Biennale, Venice (1995, 2003); the Sevilla Biennale, Sevilla (2006); the Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2007); The Bangkok Biennale (2018), among others.

Yan Pei Ming

Artworks

Biography

Solo exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2023
I, Yan Pei-Ming. Pittore di storie Curated by Arturo Galansino, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze
A, Yan Pei-Ming: Portraits, Francisco Carolinum, Linz
2022
F, L'année du tigre, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
I, Wild Game, MASSIMODECARLO, Milano
2021
F, Yan Pei-Ming: Autoportraits, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
F, Yan Pei-Ming - Au nom du père Curated by Frédérique Goerig-Hergott, Musée Unterlinden, Colmar
F, Tigres et Vautours, Grande Chapelle du Palais des Papes et Collection Lambert, Avignon
2020
UK, The Mourners, Massimo De Carlo, London
A, Yan Pei-Ming: Against the Light, Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
2019
F, Yan Pei-Ming – Courbet, corps-à-corps, Petit Palais – Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris, Paris
F, Yan Pei-Ming face à Courbet, Musée Courbet, Ornans
F, L'Homme qui pleure. Yan Pei-Ming, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon
I, L’Ultimo Sorriso. Le Dernier Sourire. The Last Smile, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
F, Un Enterrement à Shanghai, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
2018
Dating, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
2017
UK, A Short History of Power and Death, Massimo De Carlo, London
2016
F, After Photo, Museum Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône
HK, It Takes a Lifetime to Become Young, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong
I, Yan Pei-Ming. Roma, Villa Medici, Roma
A, Crucifixion, Upper Belvedere, Wien
F, Ruines du temps réel, Centre régional d'art contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète
2015
E, No Comment, CAC Màlaga, Malaga
A, Gott, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
A, Aggressive Beauty, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
2014
PRC, Dead and Alive, Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing
UK, Innocent, Massimo De Carlo, London
F, Night of Colours, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles
2013
F, Help!, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
2012
Q, Painting The History Curated by Francesco Bonami, QMA Gallery - Katara, Doha
MC, Water Paintings, The Monaco Project for the Arts | École Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques, Monaco
F, Un jour parfait, Le Voyage à Nantes 2012 | Chapelle de l'Oratoire, Nantes
F, Poussin et Moise. Histoires tissées, Galerie des Gobelins, Paris
Group exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2023
F, Printed Matters: La Chalcographie du Louvre au Consortium, Le Consortium, Dijon
UK, Drawn into the Present: Portraits on Paper, Thaddeaeus Ropac, London
F, J'ai une famille, Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris
F, Les Fleurs du Mal, Maison Guerlain, Paris
2022
I, The Impermanent Collection #3, GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo
I, Pier Paolo Pasolini: Tutto è santo. The political body, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma
F, In Bloom, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
2021
F, Napoleon? Encore!, Musée de l'Armée, Paris
F, Libres comme l'art, Espace Niemeyer, Paris
D, Diversity United, Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin
F, Black and White in the Pinault Collection, Couvent des Jacobins, Rennes
PRC, Light Falls, MASSIMODECARLO BEIJING Pop-UP at Blanc Art Group, Beijing
B, Icons, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels
2020
PRC, Look at Me, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong
F, 30 Years in Paris, Thaddeaus Ropac, Paris
2019
FIN, Michael Jackson: On The Wall, EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo
I, MCMXXXIV, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
D, Michael Jackson: On The Wall, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
PRC, Under Construction, Tank Shanghai, Shanghai
2018
I, La collezione di San Patrignano. Work in progress, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma
I, Eco e Narciso. Ritratto e Autoritratto dalle collezioni di Palazzo Barberini e del MAXXI Curated by Flaminia Gennari Santori, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Palazzo Barberini, Roma
I, La Collezione San Patrignano Work In Progress, La Triennale di Milano, Milano
F, Viva Roma!, La Boverie, Liège
PRC, Mind Temple, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai
D, Wohin das Auge reicht – Neue Einblicke in die Sammlung Würth, Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbich Hall
I, Contemporary dialogues with Tintoretto Curated by Ludovico Pratesi, Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, Venezia
F, La Tempete – Acte II, Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Occitane, Sete
T, Beyond Bliss, Bangkok Art Bienniale, Bangkok
UK, Michael Jackson: On The Wall, National Portrait Gallery, London
PRC, The artist is present Curated by Maurizio Cattelan, YUZ Museum, Shanghai
F, Michael Jackson: On The Wall, Grand Palais, Paris
PRC, A Beautiful Elsewhere, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Shanghai

Bibliography

Year
Author, Publication Title, Date
2023
Yan Pei-Ming: Pittore di Storie, Exhibition Catalogue.
2022
Yan Pei-Ming: Tigres & Vautours, Exhibition Catalogue.
2021
Yan Pei-Ming. Au nom du père, Exhibition Catalogue.
2019
Yan Pei-Ming: L’Homme qui pleure. The Man Who Weeps, Exhibition Catalogue.
Yan Pei-Ming: Face à Coubert, Exhibition Catalogue.
Yan Pei-Ming: Un Enterrement à Shanghai, Exhibition Catalogue.
2018
Yan Pei-Ming: Dating, Exhibition Catalogue.
2017
Yan Pei-Ming, Ruines du Temps Réel, Exhibition Catalogue.
Yan Pei-Ming, Exhibition Catalogue.
2016
Yan Pei-Ming. Roma, Exhibition Catalogue.
2015
Yan Pei-Ming: Aggressive Beauty, Exhibition Catalogue.
2014
Yan Pei-Ming: Innocent, Exhibition Catalogue.
2013
Yan Pei-Ming: Help!, Exhibition Catalogue.
2011
Big Brother: L'artiste face aux tyrans, Exhibition Catalogue. Dinard,, Palais des Arts
2010
Xiaoyan, Guo e Jérôme Sans, Yan Pei-Ming - Landscape of Childhood, Exhibition Catalogue. Beijing, UCCA - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
Il Museo Privato - La passione per l'arte contemporanea nelle collezioni bergamasche, Exhibition Catalogue. Bergamo, GaMeC
2009
Yan Pei-Ming: Les Funérailles de Monna Lisa, Exhibition Catalogue.
2008
Di Pietrantonio, Giacinto, Yan Pei-Ming con Yan Pei-Ming, Exhibition Catalogue. Bergamo, GAMeC - Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo
God & Goods - Spiritualità e Confusione di Massa, Exhibition Catalogue. Passariano-Udine, Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea
Yan Pei-Ming: Life Souvenir, Exhibition Catalogue. Des Moines, Des Moines Art Centre
2007
Visuell - Affinities. Deutsche Guggenheim 1997-2007, Exhibition Catalogue. Berlino, Deutsche Guggenheim
2006
Yan Pei-Ming. Execution, Exhibition Catalogue. Saint-Etienne, Musée d’Art Moderne
2005
Yan Pei-Ming, The Way of the Dragon, Exhibition Catalogue.
Yan Pei-Ming: For My Father, Dijon-Shanghai-Guangdong, Exhibition Catalogue. Shanghai, Shanghai Art Museum
War is over, Exhibition Catalogue. Bergamo, GAMeC
2004
The Way of the Dragon, Exhibition Catalogue.
2003
Yan Pei-Ming, The Way of the Dragon, Exhibition Catalogue.
2002
Yan Pei-Ming, Benner, Boucher, Bouguereau..., Exhibition Catalogue.
2000
Yan Pei-Ming, Autoportraits, Exhibition Catalogue.
1999
Yan Pei-Ming, The way of the dragon, Exhibition Catalogue.
Yan Pei-Ming Vulnérables, Exhibition Catalogue.
1998
Weather Everything - Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Exhibition Catalogue.

Public collections

Country
Location
Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Austria
Heidi Horten Collection
China
Annie Wong Art Foundation, Hong Kong
Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
Yuz Museum, Shanghai
Finland
Porin Taidemuseo, Pori
France
AGF IART, Paris
Centre national des arts plastiques, Puteaux
Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon
Collection Würth, Erstein
Collège André Malraux, Dijon
Fondation Carmignac, Paris
Fondation François Pinault, Paris
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Fondation Pierre Fabre, Castres
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Puteaux
FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon
FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims
FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou
FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon
FRAC Île de France, Paris
FRAC La Réunion, Piton Saint-Leu
FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse
FRAC Picardie, Amiens
Institut d’Art Contemporain de Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne
Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes
Le Consortium, Dijon
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes

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