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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Chen Yujun

b. 1976, China

Putian, Fujian, 1976. Lives and works in Hangzhou

Chen Yujun and his brother Chen Yufan are part of a large extended family. One branch’s 19th century emigration to Southeast Asia gave the artists second and third cousins in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.  These places are as foreign to Chen Yujun as to any Westerner.  They form a field of dreams, of “my own secret experiences and imaginings”, he says.  In the series Asian Circumscription (or Asian Borders or Asian Area), he explores the creative possibilities of a tiled floor and three walls, using various patterns of line and colour to render this universal domestic “set” bizarre and alien. In Asian Circumscription 5.2 Square Metres No. 1 (2008), a window—or is it a painting?—is papered over; a compass—or is it a random pattern?—sits in the centre of the floor.  Corners look like openings; walls start flat at the bottom but curve at the top like pillars.  A similar room in the three-panel painting Asian Circumscription 1111 (2011) has a mysteriously missing tile and an empty armchair; lines from its wallpaper extend right through a hole in the floor.  Chen Yujun and his migratory extended family all live in various parts of what is commonly labelled Asia, which Westerners often vaguely lump together with China.  For the artist, however, each of these “Asian areas” is distinctive, strange and filled with potential.

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Featured Artworks

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Crooked House N0.190105 错屋 N0.190105 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunCrooked House N0.190105 错屋 N0.190105, 2019 Acrylic on canvas, the old board
109 x 79 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Crooked House No.180508 错屋No.180508 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunCrooked House No.180508 错屋No.180508, 2018 Acrylic on canvas, the old board
77 x 71 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Crooked House No.180312 错屋No.180312 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunCrooked House No.180312 错屋No.180312, 2018 Acrylic on canvas, the old board
153 x 113 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Crooked House No.20151206 错屋 No.20151206 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunCrooked House No.20151206 错屋 No.20151206, 2015 Watercolour on paper
40 x 30 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Continued Scene No.171225 被延续的情景 NO.171225 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunContinued Scene No.171225 被延续的情景 NO.171225, 2017 Mixed media on paper
75 x 55 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Continued Scene No.180208 被延续的情景 NO.180208 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunContinued Scene No.180208 被延续的情景 NO.180208, 2018 Mixed media on paper
60 x 45 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Temporary Family No.160906 临时家庭 NO.160906 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunTemporary Family No.160906 临时家庭 NO.160906, 2016 Acrylic on canvas, the old boards
160 x 230 cm
Tang Contemporary Art

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Yujun, Chen Yujun at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
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9 March–28 April 2019 Chen Yujun Chen Yujun Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing

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Shanghai artist brothers Chen Yujun and Chen Yufan at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Related Press Shanghai artist brothers Chen Yujun and Chen Yufan at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Art Radar : 16 May 2016

Shanghai-based brothers duo take over gallery in Hong Kong with multimedia presentation morphing the personal and universal dimensions of time and space. On 28 April 2016, Tang Contemporary Art in Hong Kong opened White, a joint exhibition of Shanghai-based artist brothers Chen Yujun and Chen Yufan, as its May offering in a monthly rotating...

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