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Fang Lijun Biography

Fang Lijun, born in 1963 in in Handan, Hebei province, is one of the leading proponents of the early 1990s Cynical Realist movement. Fang Lijun’s work encapsulates the disillusionment of China’s youth; a generation defined by the events at Tiananmen Square and China’s internal domestic policies. These events which symbolize the climax of the artistic aspirations that built up during the 1980’s collapsed at once and created a void that Fang Lijun and others filled with a new message full of irony and indifference to the big forces that the individual is subject to.

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Fang Lijun was one of the first artists to translate this new social temperament onto the canvas, as the idealism of the 1980’s gave room to a more somber and realistic understanding of the role of avant-garde art under a one party regime. Fang Lijun redefined the new artistic tendencies of contemporary Chinese art in the 1990’s. 
The first public showing of his work — drawings made in 1988 whilst studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (1986-1989) — took place in Beijing in February 1989, as part of the China/Avant Garde exhibition.  

In the coming years, this vision would become a powerful voice in “Chinese contemporary art”, both within China and abroad.

Fang Lijun Featured Artworks

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2005. 6. 30 《2005. 6. 30》 by Fang Lijun contemporary artwork
Fang Lijun2005. 6. 30 《2005. 6. 30》, 2005Oil on Canvas
270 x 480 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery
2006.1.1. by Fang Lijun contemporary artwork
Fang Lijun2006.1.1., 2006Oil on canvas
250 x 360 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Contact Gallery
2015 by Fang Lijun contemporary artwork
Fang Lijun2015, 2015Ceramic
43 x 40 x 35 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery
2015 by Fang Lijun contemporary artwork
Fang Lijun2015, 2015Ceramic
41 x 40 x 36 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery
2013 Spring by Fang Lijun contemporary artwork
Fang Lijun2013 Spring, 2013Oil on canvas
250 x 360 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery
2011 – 2012 by Fang Lijun contemporary artwork
Fang Lijun2011 – 2012, 2012Oil on canvas
250 x 360 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery
2016 by Fang Lijun contemporary artwork
Fang Lijun2016, 2016Woodblock print
244 x 366 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery
2017 by Fang Lijun contemporary artwork
Fang Lijun2017, 2017Woodblock print
60 x 80 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery

Fang Lijun Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Moving 搬屋 at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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20 June–1 August 2020 Group Exhibition Moving 搬屋 Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Fang Lijun, This All Too Human World at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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3 November–2 December 2017 Fang Lijun This All Too Human World Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Fang Lijun, Solo Exhibition - New Works at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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18 December 2013–12 January 2014 Fang Lijun Solo Exhibition - New Works Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong KongHong Kong

Fang Lijun Represented By

Fang Lijun In Ocula Magazine

Fang Lijun Ocula Insight Fang Lijun By Tessa Moldan

Fang Lijun 's immense woodblock print 2016 (2016) encompasses one wall of the artist's solo exhibition at Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong, This All Too Human World (3 November–2 December 2017). The work features, in Fang's bright and graphic signature style, a throng of anonymous, bald-headed figures cluttered across the picture plane....

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Dr Uli Sigg Ocula Conversation Dr Uli Sigg By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

I'm very much a fan of the public institution. I think only the public institution can provide the long-term guarantee that it will continue to exist and it will be 'the' public memory.

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Fang Lijun In Related Press

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FANG LIJUN at Hanart TZ Related Press FANG LIJUN at Hanart TZ 30 November 2017, Art Asia Pacific

Fang Lijun's oeuvre has long been intertwined with the narrative of Cynical Realism—a movement fostered by Chinese artists following the Tiananmen Square crackdown, signifying a generation of artists' conflicted responses to the government's stifling of open political and creative expression.

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Fang Lijun 'Forbidden Areas' at Musée Ariana, Geneva Related Press Fang Lijun 'Forbidden Areas' at Musée Ariana, Geneva 29 March 2017, Mousse Magazine

Fang Lijun (China, 1963) belongs to the first generation of independent Chinese artists who formed a community in the Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan) in the suburbs of Beijing. Fang Lijun shot to fame in the early 1990s as a pioneer of the movement known as Cynical Realism.

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M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition Related Press M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition 24 February 2016, WestKowloon

Comprising more than eighty works by fifty artists – including Ai Weiwei, Fang Lijun, Geng Jianyi, Huang Yong Ping, Zhang Peili, and Zhang Xiaogang – this is the first-ever chronological exhibition about the emergence of Chinese contemporary art. It shows both the development of Chinese contemporary art and a glimpse of the collection...

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CHINA 8: a survey of contemporary Chinese Art in Germany Related Press CHINA 8: a survey of contemporary Chinese Art in Germany 14 July 2015, CHINA 8

Press release courtesy of CHINA 8. Eight cities along the Rhine and Ruhr, nine museums, around 120 artists - the CHINA 8 exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Chinese art held in Germany to date. Alongside established artists, the positions of younger and newly emerging artists are also represented. Nine museums in...

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