Born in 1959 in Xianyou (China), SHEN YUAN lives and works in Paris (France) since 1990. After being graduated from the Fine Arts Academy of Zhejiang in China, Shen Yuan participates in the Chinese “avant-garde” movement. Shortly after participating in Beijing’s historical exhibition, she left China in 1990 and moved to Paris, where she joined her husband, the artist Huang Yong Ping. Shen Yuan expresses her feelings about immigration, language, and the relationship between the body and politics. Her works create places for poetical encounters between cultures. The artist invites the public to reflect without imposing value judgements.
Her work has been shown in numerous solo shows, both in France and abroad at the UCCA – Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2009), the Centre A, Vancouver (2007), the Chisenhale Gallery, London (2001), and the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland (2000). She took part in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum (2019), the MAXXI, Rome (2019), the SF MoMA (2019), the Guggenheim Bilbao (2018), the Guggenheim NY (2017), the Monnaie de Paris (2017), the Musée Cernuschi, Paris (2011 and 2021); as well as Shenzhen Biennale (2017), the Busan Biennale (2016), the Shanghai Biennale (2012), the Venice Biennale (2007), the Gwangju Biennale (2006), the Liverpool Biennial (2004).
In 2017 and 2018 she benefited from two major exhibitions celebrating her work in China, her solo presentation Without Wall at Mingsheng Museum, Beijing, and HON, in dialogue with Niki de Saint Phalle at Power Station of Art in Shanghai.
Her work Fragments de mémoire exhibited at the Musée Cernuschi in Paris and her exhibition Matteo and I at the Zoo Zone Art Forum in Rome are on view until January 30th 2022. Her work Eau-Lit is part of the inaugural exhibition at M+ Hong Kong until October 2022.