NI Youyu

NI Youyu

Born 1984 in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, China, based in Shanghai

For NI Youyu, “Mono ha” and the Italian “Arte Povera” form parts of his reference system since they resonate with the furniture design concept of Ming and Qing scholars. From his point of view, Chinese traditional furniture design is a predecessor of installation art. NI attempts to internalize this historical connection in his work with an emphasis on the tradition of handcraft. In the series “Coins”, the original patterns on coins from different countries were polished away and replaced by traditional Chinese landscapes. The functionality of the coins is thus transformed into aesthetic value. In the series “Ruler”, NI made wooden ruler himself by marking the meter according to his own judgment. This not only implicates the difference between subjectivity and objectivity, but also reveals the uncertainty of standards of cultural value. 

1984    Born in in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, China
2007    B.A., Fine Art College of Shanghai University, China


2013    “Form and Matter - Ni Youyu”, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “Zilch - Ni Youyu Independent Project”, Department for culture and education of 
             the German consulate - General in Shanghai  9㎡ Museum Project Space,Shanghai, China
2012    “A Brief History–Ni Youyu”, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China


2014    “Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program/Beijing: The Sociology of Oneself”,
             ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
           “Outside The Lines - New Art From China”, RH Contemporary Art, New York, USA
           “Thinking of Landscape - Paintings from the Yeap Lam Yang Collection”,
             LASALLE College of the Arts,Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Singapore
2013    “Painstaking Painting”, St.Moritz Art Masters project space, St.Moritz, Switzerland                
“Bidirectional Punctum: As an Entry Point of Representation, One Kind of Painting”,
Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “The Moment, We Awe”, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
           “Seven Sunsets, Waiting Dawns, All in One. How to Kill a Wondrous Time … not Wanting 
a Thousand Hours”, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
           “The 6th Chengdu Biennale”, New International Convention & Exposition Center,
            Chengdu Century City, Chengdu, China
“Nature of Speed”, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, China
           “Break and Breathe–Hands On No.5”, College of Fine Arts Shanghai University,
Shanghai, China
“The 8th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen”, Guan Shanyue Art Museum,
Shenzhen, China

2012    “Ctrl+N - The 9th Gwangju Biennale Special Exhibition”, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
           “The First ‘CAFAM Future’ Exhibition Sub–Phenomena: Report on the State of 
              Chinese Young Art Nomination”, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
           “Sattva”, Bogota Modern Art Museum, Bogota, Columbia; Wifredo Lam Museum, Havana, Cuba
2011    “ShanShui–Poetry without Sound: Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collect”, 
              Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
           “Magic Space”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
           “Learning Method–Hands On No.4”, V Arts Centre Space1, Shanghai, China
           “The End of the Brush and Ink Era: Chinese Landscape”, True Color Museum, 
              Suzhou, China
           “Pattern–Encounter  Museum Of Unknown”, Space Station, Beijing, China; 
              Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
2010    “Big Draft–Shanghai Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection”, Kunstmuseum 
              Bern, Bern, Switzerland
           “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD)–Hands On No.3”, DDM, Shanghai, China
           “Reflection of Minds–MOCA Envisage Biennale”, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China
           “John Moores New Painting Prize (China)”, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
           “Post Traditions”, Duolun Museum, Shanghai, China
           “San Sheng Wan Wu–Inauguration of the Exhibition of Zendai Contemporary Art 
             Exhibition Hall”, Zendai Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China
2009    “Material Link–Technopolis”, City of Athens, Athens, Greece
           “Parallel–Hands On No.2”, M50 Art District, Shanghai, China
2008    “Material Link–A Dialogue Between Greek and Chinese Artists”, OCA Shanghai, Shanghai,China;
              Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
2006    “Lian Cheng Jue–Visual Creativity in New Urban”, Zendai MOMA, Shanghai, China
           “With the Way We Game–Hands On No.1”, Bin Jiang Creative Enterprises Centre, 
              Shanghai, China 

2014    “Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program/Beijing: The Sociology of Oneself”,
                 ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

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