Yang Qi

1952, Wuhu China

Introduction

Yang Qi is a Chinese diaspora multi-media artist working and living in Germany. He is notable for his concept of "Zen with German Expressionism," which intertwines the artistic traditions of his cultural Chinese past with the modernist Western style he encountered in Europe.

 

Yang studied art at Anhui National Normal University in Wuhu between 1978 and 1982 after which he was a lecturer in art at Shanghai University. Upon receipt of a scholarship, he left for Germany's Berlin University of the Arts in 1987 and received a Doctorate of Art Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg in 1996.

 

The modernist movement of Expressionism, originating in Germany in the 1920s, emphasizes emotions through the assertive and energetic use of lines, colours, compositions and techniques. On the other extreme, Chinese Zen emphasizes insight into Buddha-nature and the personal expression of this enlightenment. Yang successfully merges these two approaches through the development of a singular artistic style he terms "Zen with German Expressionism." His ink paintings and ceramic works are generally composed of a few simple brushstrokes and colours but are full of philosophical thinking, reflecting on the awe of life and its profundity.

 

Yang has held more than 50 solo exhibitions in China, Germany, Switzerland, England, and the Netherlands since 1989, with his first solo exhibition in China at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing in 2005. This year his paintings and ceramics were displayed at the Wu Tong Art Mueseum in Shanghai, and in 2012 his acclaimed solo show Homeland was held at Shanghai's Duolun Museum of Modern Art. Alisan featured Yang Qi at ArtHK in 2010 and Art Basel Hong Kong in 2015.

 

His works have been collected by various major museums and private collections, including the British Museum, London; Linden Museum, Stuttgart; International Collection of Art SAP, Walldorf; Art Collection of Cial Bank, Zurich; Art Foundation La Roche, Basel; China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou; Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai; and Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai.






BIOGRAPHY

1952         Born in Wuhu, Anhui, China

1978-82   Bachelor of Arts, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, China

1985-87  Lecturer, Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University; Department of Arts, Shanghai Normal University, China

Exhibition assistant, Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, China; The City University of New York, United States

1987         Went to Germany to participate in an Artist Exchange Programme, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany

1990         Studied Ph.D. programme, Institute of Art History, University Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Lecturer, Institute of Art History, University Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

1991           Member of Professional Artist Association Germany

1996         Received Ph.D in Art Philosophy, University Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

1999         Professor of Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Bochum, Germany

Guest lecturer of installation art, Witten University, Witten, Germany

Professor of European Contemporary Art, Academy of Fine Arts, Anhui University, Hefei, China

2001         Curatorial assistant of The Great Exhibition NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany                          

Juror of Annual Art Competition by Deutsche Telecom, Düsseldorf, Germany

2003         Curator of Germany, Shanghai International Environment Art & Sculpture Exhibition

Guest Professor, Academy of Fine Arts, Xi`an, China, established artist studio

2003-05  Professor of Non-figurative Painting, Fine Arts Department, Bergisch University, Wuppertal, Germany

2004        UNESCO Experimental Art Projects in Germany for ten years, including Frankfurt, Wittenberg, Weimar, Karlsruhe

2005        Executive Director of Identity and Philosophy Foundation, Germany

2006        Gave lecture at Summer Academy, Island Hombroich, Germany

Travelled to Yellow River and the North-West of China

2009        Participated in the art project of Malkasten Artists Association, Düsseldorf, Germany and Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2011          Established the Summer Art Academy with important Contemporary German artists including Markus Luepertz          

Curator of China Hall, Annual Exhibition of Hunterkunst Foundation, The Netherlands

2012          Curator of the European Union Project “Long-life Learning”, Luxembourg

Artist and curator of 9th Shanghai Biennial, Düsseldorf Pavilion, Shanghai, China

2013          Vice President of Adam Schall von Bell Science and Art Association, Germany

2014         Representative artist of China to donate the painting “Heart” to UNICEF

Co-curator of German Neo-Expressionism and Abstract Figuration, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2015         International Juror of the art prize “Protagonist”, Venice, Italy

Professor, Academy of Fine Arts, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Co-founder and curator of Europe, International Ceramic Symposium International in Dehua, China

Co-founder of the 1st Symposium: German-Chinese Urbane Art and Art Education, Institute of Art Research Shanghai, China         

“Art of Nation” dialogue with Markus Luepertz and Shi Dawei, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2017          Curator of the German-Chinese art project “Stones from Other Mountains”, Academy Franz-Hitze, Münster, Germany

Director and Researcher of International Centre of Art Education, Li Keran Painting Academy, Beijing, China

Invited by Cambridge University to give a lecture “Beyond Nothing - My Way to Utopia”, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Present     Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018         

  • Yang Qi: Song of the Sea, Wu Tong Museum, Shanghai, China

2017         

  • Yang Qi: A Profound Life, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2016        

  • Yang Qi: A Few Words, Fujian Art Museum, Fuzhou, China

2015        

  • Yang Qi: Identity, from Me to Myself, Atrium, The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations & The Ministry of Security and Justice, Den Haag, The Netherlands

2013         

  • Yang Qi Meets Goethe Meets Confucius, Gallery of City Library Frankfurt, Germany
  • Yang Qi: Home, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

2012         

  • The Year of Dragon: The People of Dragon, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Oberhausen, Germany
  • Yang Qi: Modern Ink, Gallery of Art Association Hattingen, Germany           

2011         

  • Yang Qi: Painting and Object, KSI Institute, Freiburg, Germany
  • Metaphysical Form of Ink, Performance Art, German Zen Festival , Germany

2010        

  • Meeting, City Gallery of Neuenrade, Neuenrade, Germany
  • Mythos Work, Gallery of Bethe Foundation, Wuppertal, Germany
  • Identification, Gallery of Malkasten Artists Association, Düsseldorf, Germany

2008       

  • Yang Qi: Someone Sometimes Somewhere, Gallery of Nagoya University of Arts, Nagoya, Japan; Art Gallery of World Journal, New York, United States
  • Windows: PC-Print, 1st Beijing Print Festival, Beijing, China
  • Between Being, Culture Forum, Lüneburg, Germany

2007        

  • 8888 = Happiness, Gallery of Herne Artists Association, Herne, Germany
  • Yang Qi: Culture Process, City Museum Bentlage, Rheine; City Museum Ratingen, Ratingen, Germany

2006-05

  • Beyond the Heaven, National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Museum of Academy of Fine Arts Xi’an, China; Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal; Ludwig Museum Koblenz, Koblenz, Germany                          

2005       

  • Yang Qi: Painting, Installation, Photography and Video, Gallery of Bethe Foundation, Wuppertal, Germany

2004       

  • Beyond the Nothing, Rheinisches Landes Museum, Bonn, Germany                                   

2003        

  • Stone Time Space, Installation, Gallery of Rhein-Sieg-Art Association, Siegburg; City Museum Beckum, Beckum, Germany
  • Black and White, Painting and Installation, Gallery of Oberhausen Art Association, Oberhausen, Germany
  • From Space to Time, Painting, Installation, Gallery of Krefeld Art Association, Krefeld, Germany

2002        

  • Cultural Identity?, Ludwig Museum Koblenz, Koblenz, Germany

2001        

  • Paintings and Installations, Witten University, Witten, Germany
  • Dialogues of the World Culture with Mark Tobey, Painting and Installation, Museum Villa Rot, Ulm, Germany

2000       

  • Wind without Names, University Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany; Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China

1997        

  • Performance and Video Art by Yang Qi: 4th International Photography Exhibition, City Museum of Bietigheim-Bissingen, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

1995        

  • Theodor-Zink-Museum, Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Performance art at Julius Bissier Exhibition, Museum Villa Rot, Ulm, Germany

1991         

  • German-American Institute of Culture Research, Heidelberg, Germany

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018         

  • West Bund Art & Design Fair 2018, Alisan Fine Arts, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China

2017         

  • Chinese Artists in Germany, Liu Haishu Art Museum, Shanghai, China; Ludwig Museum Koblenz, Koblenz, Germany

2015        

  • Art Basel Hong Kong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Exhibition of International Contemporary Ceramic in Dehua, Wan Qi Art Hall, Dehua, China

2014        

  • German Neo-Expressionism and Abstract Figuration, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2012         

  • Paper Art, Cologne, Germany
  • 9th Shanghai Biennial, Düsseldorf Pavilion, Shanghai, China
  • 5th Beijing International Biennial, Germany representative artist, Beijing, China
  • Undoing Shuimo, Doulun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

2010        

  • Hortus Medicus, Gallery of Bad Salzdefurth Art Association, Bad Salzdefurth, Germany
  • New Ink Art, Alisan Fine Arts, ART HK, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Art Fair Verona: Video Exhibition, Verona, Italy

2008       

  • Female Images, Castle Halbturn, Burgenland, Austria
  • The Chinese Transformation, Ludwig Museum Koblenz, Koblenz, Germany

2005       

  • Beijing International Biennial, overseas artist, Beijing, China

2003        

  • Shanghai International Environment Art & Sculpture Exhibition, Shanghai, China

1999        

  • Great Exhibition NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany

1998        

  • Portfolio Night, Braunschweig Museum of Photography, Braunschweig, Germany

1996        

  • Oberösterreichisches Museum, Linz, Austria
  • Seedamm Culture Centre, Pfäffikon SZ, Switzerland
  • Halbturn Castle, Burgenland, Austria

1995        

  • German Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany
  • International Ink Painting, China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China

1994        

  • Kurpfälzisches Museum, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Gallery of Unter Teck Art Association, Unter Teck, Germany

1993        

  • Museum Simferopol, Simferopol, Ukraine
  • Duisburg Culture and History Museum, Duisburg, Germany
  • Bautzen City Museum, Bautzen, Germany

1992        

  • National Museum Jihlava, Jihlava, Czechoslovakia
  • Gallery of Young Artists, Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Budweis Art Association, Budweis, Czechoslovakia
  • Exhibition of Mainzers Art Prize, Gallery of Eisenturm Art Association, Eisenturm, Germany

1989        

  • Exhibition with Xu Jiang, Wang Keping, Liang Ying, Gallery Lommel, Leverkusen, Germany

 

SELECTED AWARDS, EXHIBITION SPONSORS

2015          Artist of the Year Award, the Annual Exhibition of KFK Bremen, Germany. Painting “The Artist as Hermit” exhibited alongside with Markus Luepertz’s print

2006        Exhibition Sponsorship, Brennscheidt Foundation, Wuppertal, Germany

Exhibition Sponsorship, Identity Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany

Exhibition Sponsorship, ARTs Düsseldorf, Germany

2005        Exhibition Sponsorship, Art Foundation of NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany

2004        Art Studio Award, Bethe Foundation, Wuppertal, Germany

1999         Exhibition Sponsorship, Art Foundation of NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany

Exhibition Sponsorship, BASF International Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Exhibition Sponsorship, YPC Jiangsu, Nanjing, China

1990-93  Scholarship, Heinrich-Böll Foundation, Cologne, Germany

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

British Museum, London, United Kingdom

City government of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Institute of Art History, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany

Hasso Plattner Foundation, Potsdam, Germany

Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

Ministry of President, Tübingen, Germany

Art Foundation of Museum Villa Rot, Ulm, Germany

SAP, Walldorf, Germany

Bethe Foundation, Wuppertal, Germany

Art Foundation La Roche, Basel, Switzerland

Cial Bank, Zurich, Switzerland

Ethnological and Culture-Historical Exhibition, Zurich, Switzerland

Fujian Art Museum, Fuzhou, China

China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China

Academy of Fine Arts, University of Anhui, Hefei, China

Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China

 
A Pair of Citizens of the World
2017 | 120 x 100 cm | acrylic on canvas
An Insatiable Desire to Learn
2016 | 180x60cm | acrylic on canvas
Saturday Night
2007 | 140 x 120 cm | acrylic on canvas
Pray for Peace
2008 | 120x100cm | Acrylic on canvas
Silk Road
2014 | 100x120cm | Acrylic on canvas
Relation
2015 | 120x100cm | Acrylic on canvas
Glance
2015 | 120x100cm | Acrylic on canvas
The Door and the Man
2006 | 50x50cm | Wax & acrylic on canvas
The Door and the Man
2006 | 50x50cm | Wax & acrylic on canvas
The Romantic Way
2017 | 79x68.5cm | Chinese ink & mineral colour on rice paper
The Young Man and His Shadow
2017 | 79x68.5cm | Chinese ink & mineral colour on rice paper
What an Animal
2017 | 79x68cm | Chinese ink & mineral colour on rice paper
Challenge
2017 | 80x69cm | Chinese ink & mineral colour on rice paper
John
2017 | 62x49cm | Chinese ink & mineral colour on rice paper
Mrs Sisi
2017 | 62x49cm | Chinese ink on rice paper
A Painter
2017 | 62x49cm | Chinese ink on rice paper
Rain-man
2017 | 79x69cm | Chinese ink on rice paper
Lady Gaga
2004 | 41x34cm | Chinese ink on rice paper
Balance
2009 | 34x41cm | Chinese ink on rice paper
Fishing
2011 | 46x48.5cm | Chinese ink on rice paper
Tickling
2012 | 49x46cm | Chinese ink on rice paper
Three in One
2016 | 27x24cm | Chinese ink on rice paper board
Always Standing
2016 | 27x24cm | Chinese ink on rice paper board
Looking for Myself
2016 | 27x24cm | Chinese ink on rice paper board
Thinking
2016 | 27x24cm | Chinese ink on rice paper board
Face to Face
2016 | 27x24cm | Chinese ink on rice paper board
Have a Look
2016 | 35x35cm | Ceramic painting on plate
The Lady and Her Unbrella
2016 | 35x35cm | Ceramic painting on plate
Soft Gongfu
2016 | 42x42cm | Ceramic painting on plate
Darling
2016 | 42x42cm | Ceramic painting on plate
Nothing should be Something
2013 | 360x144cm/scroll 390x148cm | Chinese ink & acrylic on paper
Great Attention
2013 | 360x144cm/scroll 390x148cm | Chinese ink & acrylic on paper
Love in the Park
2013 | 360x144cm/scroll 390x148cm | Chinese ink & acrylic on paper