Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

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Sun Yuan (born 1972) and Peng Yu (born 1974) are artists living and working collaboratively in Beijing since the late 1990s.[1]

Old persons home - Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Saatchi Gallery, London

Sun was born in Beijing and Peng in Heilongjiang. Sun and Peng are contemporary conceptual artists[2] whose work has reputation for being confrontational and provocative.[3] In 2001, they won the Contemporary Chinese Art Award.[4]

Life and works[edit]

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are famous for working with unconventional media such as taxidermy, human fat, and machinery. In the controversial[5] "Dogs Which Cannot Touch Each Other," four dogs (two pairs facing one another) were strapped onto treadmills in a public installation.[6]

For the 2005 Venice Biennale, the duo invited Chinese farmer Du Wenda to present his home-made UFO at the Chinese Pavilion.[2]

The installation "Old People's Home," (2008) comprised 13 hyperrealist sculptures of elderly world leaders, including Yasser Arafat and Leonid Brezhnev, in electric wheelchairs set to automatically wander through the room and bump into one another.[7][8]

"Angel" (2008) is a fiberglass angel sculpture complete with flesh-covered wings, white hair, and frighteningly realistic skin that features details like wrinkles, sunspots, and peach fuzz.[9]

Their 2009 solo exhibition, "Freedom", at Tang Contemporary in Beijing, featured a large fire-hose hooked to a chain that erupted water spray at a distance of 120 meters and thrashed throughout an enormous metal cage.[10] Some interpreted this as a memorial to the Tiananmen Square incident on its twentieth anniversary.

Selected exhibitions[edit]


Tales of Our Time, Guggenheim Museum, NY[11]


Unveiled: New Art From The Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK


Liverpool Biennial, Tang Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK


Higher, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)

Venice Biennale

Mahjong: Chinese Contemporary Art from Uli Sigg Collection, Art Museum Bern, Switzerland

The 51st Venice Biennale (China Pavilion), Venice

To Each His Own, Zero Art Space, Beijing

Ten Thousand Years Post-Contemporary City, Beijing


Ghent Spring, Contemporary Art Financial Award, Ghent, Belgium (solo)

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA

Australia: Asia Traffic, Asia-Australia Arts Centre

The Virtue and the Vice: le Moine et le Demon, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France

All Under Heaven: Ancient and Contemporary Chinese Art, The Collection of the Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation, MuHKA Museum of

Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium

Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium

What is Art?, Shanxi Art Museum, Xi’an, China

Australia - Asia Traffic, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Australia

Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea


Second Hand Reality: Post Reality, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Left Wing, Beijing

Return to Nature, Shenghua Arts Centre, Nanjing, China


The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou Art Museum, Guangzhou, China


Get Out of Control, Berlin, Germany

Yokohama 2001 International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan

Winner: The Contemporary Chinese Art Award of CCAA, Beijing


Indulge in Hurt, Sculpture Research Fellow of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

5th Biennale of Lyon, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France

Fuck Off!, Donglang Gallery, Shanghai


Post-Sense Sensibility Alien Bodies & Delusion (Basement), Beijing


Counter-Perspectives: The Environment & Us, Beijing

Inside, Tongdao Gallery Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing [12]


  1. ^ Yuan, Yu, Sun, Peng. "Sun Yuan / Peng Yu - The World Belongs to You - Palazzo Grassi Venice". Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
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  3. ^ Marlow, Tim, The Independent, Visual Art: East meets West in new cultural revolution from
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  6. ^ "Or Else It's Not Utopian". SREEN | 介面. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  7. ^ Dorment, Richard. "Review: The Revolution Continues: New Art From China at the Saatchi Gallery". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  8. ^ Yuan, Yu, Sun, Peng. "Sun Yuan and Peng yu". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Sun Yuan and Peng Yu's Fallen Angel". artnet News. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  10. ^ Duff, Stacey, Time Out Beijing,"Of Corpse We Can" Archived 2009-07-11 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Tales of Our Time". Guggenheim. 2016-04-04. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  12. ^ Yuan, Yu, Sun, Peng. "Sun Yuan and Peng Yu". Retrieved 24 April 2012.

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