Born in 1968 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, Yang Zhenzhong has been living and working in Shanghai for more than 20 years with a career closely related to the development of new media art around the area. Since the end of 1990s, he has been curating and organizing numerous highly influential contemporary art exhibitions with artists including Xu Zhen and Yang Fudong etc. They have not only enlivened the atmosphere of the new media art industry in Shanghai, but also promoted the artist himself to stage on an international platform. The key themes of YANG’s works are to strengthen the contradictions and disorders existed in the society with a cynical attitude on one hand, to utilise the perception of the space in political and psychological levels on the other hand. Now mainly focuses on the creation of new media like video, photograph, installation work and interaction etc., and curating as well.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Eternal Return | Вечное возвращение |, Moscow Manege Museum and Exhibition Association, Russia (2014); Background, No.12 DRC, Beijing (2018); Trespassing, YANG Zhenzhong Solo Exhibition, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai (2013); Don't Move, Yang Zhengzhong Solo Exhibition, ShanghART, Beijing (2011); YANG ZHENZHONG, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K. (2006); Light As Fuck!, BizArt, Shanghai (2002); Selected group exhibitions include: Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S.A. (2017); Our Bright Future: Cybernetics Fantasy, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-si, Korea (2017); Consumer, Salon 1.618, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2009); Global Cities, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, U.K. (2007), etc. The artist’s works have previously been exhibited in numerous prominent exhibitions including Venice Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, Gwangju Biennial, Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art, Lyon Biennale, and so forth. His works can also be found in the collection of significant public and private institutes such as MoMA New York, Ikon Gallery (U.K.), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Musée National d’Art Moderne, and the UBS Collection.