Wang Guangyi Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Wang Guangyi
Art Go


Oil on canvas

200 x 160 cm
Though Wang Guangyi’s work has erroneously been associated with Chinese Political Pop, in reality one of the main themes of his art can be found in its relationship to the transcendent. Juxtaposing revolutionary images with consumer logos, Wang’s canvases provocate with their duplicitous message, highlighting the conflict between China’s political past and commercialised present. Stylistically merging the government enforced aesthetic of agitprop with the kitsch sensibility of American pop, Guangyi’s work adopts the cold-war language of the 60s to ironically examine the contemporary polemics of globalisation.

Through his critique, Guangyi’s paintings weave intricate narratives, implicating the role of the artist as an active participant (both as subjugator and subservient) in economic and social policy. Guangyi treads a very delicate line between moral dictum and capitalist endorsement; the interpretation of his paintings alternates with the subjectivity of context. Amalgamating, confusing, and blurring opposing ideological beliefs, Guangyi’s billboard sized canvases readily sell out national valour, while simultaneously devaluing status symbol luxury for the proletariat cause.
Wang Guangyi


Oil on canvas

200 x 200cm
Wang Guangyi
Materialist’s Art


Oil on canvas

300 x 400 cm

Guangyi’s Materialist’s Art is exemplary of a new "cultural revolution". The dramatically outlined figures brandishing red book gospel, set against flat planes of colour, are rendered in a style specific to Chinese government issue posters of the late 60s and early 70s. Emblazoned with the words " Materialist's" and "Art" the messaging is both condemnation and incitement, a statement of radicalisation and power, repositioning the aesthetics of totalitarian authority as a signifier of absolute and extravagant decadence.

Wang Guangyi
Aesthetics of War – Blue No. 3


Oil on canvas

200 x 300 cm

Guangyi’s Aesthetics of War - Blue No. 3 operates as a dual narrative. Combining the graphic styles of comic books and instructional manuals with scrawled blackboard-like text his work points to a visual analysis that's equally personal and pedagogical. Rendered in X-ray tones, his tableau is situated in the realm of science fiction and adventure, giving a sense of toxicity and danger to the pop motifs and generic script, questioning the implications of public images as coded messages and the tacit role of the artist as producer.

Other artists in

Zhang Dali    Zeng Fanzhi    Wang Guangyi    Zheng Guogu    Zhang Haiying    Zhang Hongtu    Zhang Huan    Qiu Jie    Xiang Jing    Shi Jinsong    Fang Lijun    Yue Minjun    Li Qing    Wu Shanzhuan    Shen Shaomin    Li Songsong    Zhan Wang    Liu Wei    Zhang Xiaogang    Zhang Xiaotao    Cang Xin    Shi Xinning    Li Yan    Bai Yiluo    Zhang Yuan    Sun Yuan & Peng Yu    Yin Zhaohui    Feng Zhengjie

Wang Guangyi's Biography

Wang Guangyi
Born in 1957, Harbin, China
Lives and works in Beijing, China


Wang Guangyi. The Interactive Mirror Image, Tank Loft. Chongqing Contemporary Art Center

Visual Politics, Solo Exhibition of Wang Guangyi, He Xiangning Art Museum, Guangdong
Cold War Aesthetics, Wang Guangyi, Institute of Louisse Blouin Foundation, London, U.K.

Wang Guangyi, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Wang Guang Yi Solo Exhibition, Gallery Arario, Seoul, Korea

Wang Guang Yi Solo Exhibition, Gallery Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland

Wang Guang Yi, Gallery Enrico Navarra, Paris, France

Wang Guangyi Solo Exhibition, Face of Faith, Soobin Art Int'L, Singapore

Gallery Klaus Littmann, Basel

Wang Guangyi Solo Exhibition, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Wang Guangyi Solo Exhibition, Bellet Gallery, Paris, France


Museum on paper, Iberia Center for contemporary Art

Made in popland, National Museum of Contemporary art
The Constructed Dimension, 2010 Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, National Art Musume of China, Beijing
Portrait, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai
Reshaping History: Chinart from 2000-2009, Special Documenta, China National Convention Center, Beijing
Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
Fairy Tales Selections from the MaGMA's collection, Opera Gallery, Singapore
Photo Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Today Art Museum, Beijing
Art for The World (The Expo), World Expo by JGM Gallery, Shanghai

Beijing - Havana, China contemporary art exhibition, Cuba Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
Collision, Experimental Cases of Contemporary Chinese Art, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing
First Annual Conference of Collectors of Chinese Contemporary Art, Hejingyuan Art Museum, Beijing
Retrospect and Exploration, Hu Bei Province Art Museum
Yi Pai - Century Thinking A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing
ShanghART Group Show, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai
Another scene - artists' projects, concepts and ideas, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass, U.S.A.
The 20th Anniversary of The Fall of The Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany
A Collateral Event of 53nd International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia, A Gift to Marco Polo, Venezia, Italy
ChinaMania, Colorful,Diverse and Distinctly Narrative, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Strategy On Paper, Works On Paper Invitational, Square Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nanjing
State Legacy, A Visual History Project On The State Concept, The Holden Gallery,Manchester, U.K.;OCT Contemporary Art Terminal of He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen;

Five Years of Duolun: Chinese Contemporary Art Retrospective Exhibition, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Lovely Blossoms and Full moon, YUZ Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art, YUZ Museum, Darmawangsa Square unit 31-33, The City Walk, JI. Darmawangsa VI&IX, Jakarta
The Love of Art: Collection of Contemporary Art in China, Today Art Museum, Beijing
The Revolution Continues, New Art From China, The Saatchi Gallery
Avant-Garde China: Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan
Our Future, The Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection, Ullens Foundation, Beijing
Case Studies of Artists in Art History and Art Criticism, SZ Art Center, Beijing
Writing on the Wall, Chinese New Realism and Avant-Garde in the Eighties and nineties, The Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
People. History, Exhibition of Studies of Chinese Art of The 20th Century, Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Red, Smooth and Luminescent Contemporary Expression, Xindong Cheng Gallery,Beijing
Encounter, Pace Beijing, Beijing
Today's China, Belvue Museum, Brussels, Belgium
UNPACK, Museum of China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou
Academic and Un-Academic II, Exhibition of Yibo Gallery, Shanghai

Absolute Images II, Inaugural Exhibition Of Arario Gallery New York, Arario Gallery New York
85 New Wave - The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Wuhan 2nd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan
Strategy on Paper, Works on Paper Invitational Exhibition, Square Gallery of contemporary Art, Nanjing
Sport in Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai; Art of Guangzhou Art Academy Guangzhou; RCM the Museum of Modern Art, Nanjing; Gallery of Luxun Art Academy, Shengyang; Sichuan Fine Arts Museum, Sichuan; Today Art Museum, Beijing
1997- 2007 Awakening From a Ten Year Sleep, HJY Art Center, Beijing
The Supplemental History, Contemporary Art Works FromCollection of Guangdong Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
Red Hot, Asian Art Today, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.A.
Post- Martial Law VS Post- 89, The Contemporary Art In Taiwai and China, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taiwan;Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing
Chinese Contemporary Sotsart, The State Tretykov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
We Are You Future, Special Project in Moscow Biennale 2007, The Old Winery, Moscow, Russia

Art in Motion, MoCA, Shanghai
The Blossoming of Realism, The Oil Painting of Mainland China Since 1978, Taipei Fine Art Museum
Create History, Commemoration Exhibition of Chinese Modern Art in 1980s, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal of He Xiangning Art Museum, Shengzhen
From "The Frigid Zone" to "The Old Industrial Area, Northeast Contemporary Art Exhibition of China 1985-2006, Guangdong Museum of Art
Absolute Images I, Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Plato and His Seven Spirits, Century OCT, Shenzhen, Guangdong; Century OCT, Beijing
Jianghu, Jack Tilton Art Galleries, New York, USA

Mahjong, Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Beautiful Cynicism, Arario Gallery, Beijing
8th International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installation, Venice, Lido, Italy
Body Temperature, invoking the Legacy of Hans Christian Anderson Through Chinese Contemporary Art, Nor djyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark

New Boundaries, Taikang Top Space, Beijing
Art on The Beach, Sculptures, Gallery Enrico Navarra, Paris, France; Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong; ADAGP, Paris, France
Chine, le corps partout? (China, the body everywhere?), Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseilles, France

Beyond Boundaries, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai
CP Open Biennale 2003, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
An Opening Era, Celebration of 40th Anniversary of Founding of China National Museum, China National Museum of Fine Art
From China with Art, The Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art, Indonesian National Gallery; Edwin's Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Subversion and Poetry, Contemporary Chinese Art, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
Alors la Chine?, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

The First Guangzhou Trienniale - Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art (1990 - 2000), Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
The Power of Image, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen
Golden Harvest, Chinese Contemporary Art, Zagreb Museum of Art, Groatia, Yugoslavia
Media and Arts, World Trade Center Exhibition Hall, Beijing
Take Part II, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland
Chinese Modernity, Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado, Sao Paulo, Brazil
A Point in Time, Meilun Art Museun, Changsha, Hunan
Conceptual Images, 2002 Chinese Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition, Shenzhen Art Museum, Guangdong
Paris-Pekin, Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France

Transplantation in Situ, He Xiangning Art Museum ,Shenzheng
5 Chinese Avant- Garde Artists, Artside Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Next Generation, Art Contemporain d' Asie, Passage de Retz Galerie, Paris, France
Towards a New Image, Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Painting,, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou; Sichuan Modern Art Museum, Chengdu
As long as they catch mice..., Munkeruphus Gallery, Mumkerphus, Danmark
Polypolis - Art from Asian Pacific Megacities, Hamburger Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany

20th Century Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition, National Art Ggallery, Beijing
Society, The 2nd Academic Exhibition Upriver Gallery, Upriver Gallery, Chengdu
Door of The New Cnetury, Chengdu Art Gallery, Chengdu
In and Out, He Xiangning Art Museum, ShengZhen; Australia Embassy, Beijing
Futuro Chinese Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Centre, Macau

Fortune Global Forum, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jinmao Podium Bldg., Shanghai
Open Channels, The First Collection Exhibition of Dongyu Museum of Fine Arts, Dongyu Museum of Fine Arts, Shengyang
Inside Out, New Chinese Art, Museo de Art Contemporaneo, Monterrey, Mexico; Tacoma Art Museum, Stettle; The Henry Art Gallery, Washing D.C., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Inside Out, New Chinese Art, Asia Society Galleries, New York, U.S.A.
In and Out, The Plimsol Gallery, Canberra School of Art , Australia
China! , Touring Exhibition, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

In and Out, Dr Earl Lu Gallery, Lasalle-Sia College of The Arts, Singapore;RMIT Gallery, Sydney College of The Art Gallery, Australia
China!, Kuenstlerhaus, Wien, Austria
Red & Grey-8 Chinese Artists, Soobin, Singapore
Magie der Zahl-In der Kunst des 20 Jahrhunderts, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
Faces and Bodies of the Middle Kingdom, Chinese Art of the 1990', Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech; OTSO Gallery, Espoo, Finland
Quotation Marks, Chinese Contemporary Paintings, National Art Museum, Singapore

The Second Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland, Australia
Begegnungen Mit China, Ludwig Forum Fur Internationale, Kunst, Germany
China!, Touring Exhibition, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Existence and Environment the Chinese Way:The first Academic Exhibition of Chinese Contenporary Art, The Art Museum of Capital Normal University, Beijing

Art to Swatch, The Museum of Architecture and Design, The Chicago Athenaeum, Chicago, USA
Kampnagel, Halle-K3, Hamburg, Germany
New Asian Art Show: China, Korea, Japan Touring Exhibition, Tokyo & Fukuoka, Japan
Beyond Ideology: New Art from China, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Hamburg, Germany
Des Pais del Centre, Avantguardes Artistiques Xineses, Santa Monica Art Centre, Barcelona, Spain

Seoul 600 International Art Festival, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
22nd International Biennial of Sao Paulo, Brazil

45th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale - Cardinal Points of the Arts, Venice, Italy
China's New Art, Post-1989, New Art from China, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, U.K.
China's New Art, Post-1989, Political Pop, China's New Art, Hanart Taipei Gallery, Taipei
China's New Art, Marlborough Gallery, London, U.K.
Mao Goes Pop, China Post '89, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Victoria National Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
China Avant-garde, Touring Exhibition, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Kunsthall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Brandts Klaederfabrik, Odense, Denmark; Hildesheim Art Gallery, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, U.K.
China's New Art, Post-1989, Hong Kong Arts Centre and City Hall, Hong Kong

Art Asia, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
The First Bienniale Art Exhibition, Guangzhou

Cocart, Gallery Bianca Pilat, Milan, Italy

I don`t Want to Play Cards with Cezanne, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA
Modern Chinese Art, Tokyo Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Special Exhibition, Chinese Contemporary Art, Tokyo Gallery, Japan
China/Avant-Garde Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

Chinese Contemporary, The Museum of Fine Arts, GIFU, Japan

The 6th Art Exhibition of People's Republic of China, China National Art Gallery, Beijing