Yue Minjun

Chinese art star Yue brings ‘laughing men’ to Europe

Yue Minjun poses in front of one of his paintings displayed in an exhibition entitled "L'ombre d'un fou rire" (The shadow of a laugh) in Paris on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

The painted grins are stretched so wide they seem to hurt. And that is pretty much what Yue Minjun intended, the Chinese artist explained at the Paris opening of his first major show in Europe.

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 8:22pm

Artist Yue Minjun enlists stars to publicise laughter show

Joyce Cheng was happy to feature in a photo campaign for The Tao of Laughter exhibition.

Beijing-based contemporary artist Yue Minjun's first public exhibition in Hong Kong goes beyond just his large-scale sculptures.

He has lined up a few of his Hong Kong celebrity friends for a photo campaign to complement the exhibition entitled "The Tao of Laughter".

3 Oct 2012 - 3:42am

Artist Yue Minjun seeks out Hong Kong malls to bond with the public

Mainland artist Yue Minjun in front of one of his paintings, which will be on display at the Harbour City mall's gallery. Photo: May Tse

Staging his first solo public art exhibition in Hong Kong in a shopping mall is a challenge, but Yue Minjun finds it an easier way to establish a closer relationship with the public.

"Hong Kong's life evolves around shopping malls. Showing artworks at a mall means that they can get closer to the audience, and that can be more meaningful," Yue said.

25 Sep 2012 - 11:47am

Talking points

Wang Lijun

Court delivers Wang Lijun verdict

24 Sep 2012 - 1:28am

End in sight for seasonal exhibition drought

End in sight for seasonal exhibition drought

The annual summer drought in the local cultural and art scene is almost over, with a host of new exhibitions set to open in the coming weeks.

25 Aug 2012 - 8:21am

Big night for connoisseurs

Wing Tai Properties hit a high note with its 'Timeless Treasures' event at the prestigious luxury residence Forfar in Kowloon Tong.

More than 200 guests, including top company executives and entrepreneurs, were treated to an evening of rare art, fine wine and expert investment insights.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Art offers alternative investment

For purists, 'art for art's sake' rather than for profit may be the mantra. But for a growing number of investors wary of traditional asset classes, collecting art is viewed as an alternative way of generating a return on investment.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Artistic impressions

This is a good week to go on a fine-art buying spree, especially if you have pockets as deep as so many mainland collectors. Sotheby's will be holding its second sale of the Ullens collection tonight, placing 90 lots on the block, including works by Zhang Xiaogang, Zeng Fanzhi and Sui Jianguo, estimated to fetch more than HK$77 million in total.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


New Orleans

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

All the fun and commerce of the HK art fair

Mainland artist Ai Weiwei's detention may have grabbed international attention but his sole work on display at the Hong Kong International Art Fair, which ended yesterday, was easy to miss, nonchalantly displayed on a coffee table in the Swiss Galerie Urs Meile booth.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Drawing by numbers: lottery's fine art prize

Later this month a lucky member of the public will get the chance to win a piece of art for just HK$20 that may be worth closer to HK$50 million. But this is no get-rich-quick Mark Six-style lottery. It's one artist's mission to universalise art ownership.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

It's not your usual hotel art on display

The best thing you can say about some hotel art is, 'That's nice'. At Mong Kok's Langham Place Hotel though, two words are not nearly enough. Their stuff isn't designed to fade into the decoration and background.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Chen Jiagang

REBEL WITH APPLAUSE I was recognised by the United Nations [Development Programme] as one of 12 'outstanding young architects' in China in 1999. The public liked my projects, I am proud of my designs and I enjoyed the freedom of creativity. But I didn't really care about the comments from government officers or clients. What they were concerned with were their own interests.

11 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Art with heart

Love (from traditional)

Guo Jin

Donated by Guo Jin and supported by Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery

Old Boat

He Liping

Donated by He Liping and supported by Asia Fine Art

My Memory No.1

Zhang Xiaogang

Donated by Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery

13 May 2009 - 12:00am

Manfred Schoeni's daughter carries on the family tradition

Just as her father brought numerous mainland artists to attention before they became famous, Nicole Schoeni (below) is now doing the same with the next generation. A new exhibition, Niubi Newbie Kids, features five young Chinese artists with a decidedly edgy perspective.

22 Sep 2008 - 12:00am