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Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

If I Died exhibition view, The St. Regis Rome, 2020. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio 

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

If I Died 2013, fiberglass, silica gel, simulation sculpture. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

I Didn’t Notice What I am Doing 2012, Fiberglass sculptures: triceratops sculpture, rhinoceros sculpture. Triceratops sculpture dimension: 400 x 190 x 120 cm | Rhinoceros sculpture dimension: 300 x 160 x 120 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Teenager Teenager 2011, simulation of sculpture, sofa, simulation of stone. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Can’t Help Myself 2016, Kaka industrial robot, stainless steel and rubber, cellulose ether in colored water, lighting grid with visual-recognition sensors, acrylic wall with aluminum frame. Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio. Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, artist invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 'May You Live In Interesting Times'

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Can’t Help Myself 2016, Kaka industrial robot, stainless steel and rubber, cellulose ether in colored water, lighting grid with visual-recognition sensors, acrylic wall with aluminum frame. Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio. Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, artist invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 'May You Live In Interesting Times'

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Can’t Help Myself 2016, Kaka industrial robot, stainless steel and rubber, cellulose ether in colored water, lighting grid with visual-recognition sensors, acrylic wall with aluminum frame. Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio. Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, artist invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 'May You Live In Interesting Times'

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Can’t Help Myself 2016, Kaka industrial robot, stainless steel and rubber, cellulose ether in colored water, lighting grid with visual-recognition sensors, acrylic wall with aluminum frame. Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio. Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, artist invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 'May You Live In Interesting Times'

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Dear 2015, air pump, air tank, hose, sofa. Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio. Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, artist invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 'May You Live In Interesting Times'

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Dear 2015, air pump, air tank, hose, sofa. Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio. Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, artist invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 'May You Live In Interesting Times'

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Dear 2015, air pump, air tank, hose, sofa. Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio. Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, artist invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 'May You Live In Interesting Times'

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Dear 2015, air pump, air tank, hose, sofa. Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio. Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, artist invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 'May You Live In Interesting Times'

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Teenager Teenager & I Didn’t Notice What I am Doing 2011-2012, Fiberglass sculptures, simulation of sculpture, sofa, simulation of stone. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Teenager Teenager & I Didn’t Notice What I am Doing 2011-2012, Fiberglass sculptures, simulation of sculpture, sofa, simulation of stone. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Teenager Teenager 2011, simulation of sculpture, sofa, simulation of stone. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Teenager Teenager 2011, simulation of sculpture, sofa, simulation of stone. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Teenager Teenager 2011, simulation of sculpture, sofa, simulation of stone. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

I Didn’t Notice What I am Doing 2012, Fiberglass sculptures: triceratops sculpture, rhinoceros sculpture. Triceratops sculpture dimension: 400 x 190 x 120 cm | Rhinoceros sculpture dimension: 300 x 160 x 120 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

I Didn’t Notice What I am Doing 2012, Fiberglass sculptures: triceratops sculpture, rhinoceros sculpture. Triceratops sculpture dimension: 400 x 190 x 120 cm | Rhinoceros sculpture dimension: 300 x 160 x 120 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Dear, 2013, air compressor, air storage tank, pipe, sofa

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Dear, 2013, air compressor, air storage tank, pipe, sofa

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

IF I Died, 2013, Fiberglass, silica gel, simulation sculpture

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

IF I Died, 2013, Fiberglass, silica gel, simulation sculpture

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

IF I Died, 2013, Fiberglass, silica gel, simulation sculpture

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

It is not certain that your enemies will harm you, it is not certain that your friends will help you, 2011, metal, Ø 34 cm, Photo Michele Alberto Sereni

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

It is not certain that your enemies will harm you, it is not certain that your friends will help you, 2011, metal, Ø 34 cm, Photo Michele Alberto Sereni

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THE WORLD IS A FINE PLACE FOR YOU TO FIGHT FOR, 2011, 8 photos, 80 x 120 cm each

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

THE WORLD IS A FINE PLACE FOR YOU TO FIGHT FOR, 2011, 8 photos, 80 x 120 cm each

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

THE WORLD IS A FINE PLACE FOR YOU TO FIGHT FOR, 2011, 8 photos, 80 x 120 cm each

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

THE WORLD IS A FINE PLACE FOR YOU TO FIGHT FOR, 2011, 8 photos, 80 x 120 cm each

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Teenager Teenager, 2011, simulation of sculpture, sofa, simulation of stone, performance

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Teenager Teenager, 2011, simulation of sculpture, sofa, simulation of stone, performance

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Freedom, 2009, metal plate, high-pressure hydraulic pump, fire hose, hydrant, site specific installation

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Absent, 2008, 13 automatic wheelchairs, 100 x 100 x 50 cm each

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Absent, 2008, 13 automatic wheelchairs, 100 x 100 x 50 cm each

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Barbarossa, 2008, metal, aluminum, electronic-mechanism, 210 x 230 x 330 cm

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Barbarossa, 2008, metal, aluminum, electronic-mechanism, 210 x 230 x 330 cm

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Barbarossa, 2008, metal, aluminum, electronic-mechanism, 210 x 230 x 330 cm

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Old people's Home, 2007, electric wheelchair, Fiberglass,silica gel, simulacral sculpture, Life-size sculpture

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Old people's Home, 2007, electric wheelchair, Fiberglass,silica gel, simulacral sculpture, Life-size sculpture

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Old people's Home, 2007, electric wheelchair, Fiberglass,silica gel, simulacral sculpture, Life-size sculpture

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Waiting, 2006, Fiberglass, silica gel, simulacral sculpture, feathers, 120 x 80 x 150 cm

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

I am here, 2006, Fiberglass, silica gel, simulacral sculpture, 200 x 130 cm, Photo Michele Alberto Sereni

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

I am here, 2006, Fiberglass, silica gel, simulacral sculpture, 200 x 130 cm, Photo Michele Alberto Sereni

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

I am here, 2006, Fiberglass, silica gel, simulacral sculpture, 200 x 130 cm, Photo Michele Alberto Sereni

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

I am here, 2006, Fiberglass, silica gel, simulacral sculpture, 200 x 130 cm, Photo Michele Alberto Sereni

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

I am here, 2006, Fiberglass, silica gel, simulacral sculpture, 200 x 130 cm, Photo Michele Alberto Sereni

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Safe Island, 2003, Project 800m², video 3', tiger, Iron Cage

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Contend for Hegemony, 2003, Performance, Video 15’, combat match between 3 boxers

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu

Dogs that Cannot Touch Each Other, 2003, video 7', 8 Pit Bull Terriers, 8 non-electrical treadmills

Sunyuan was born in 1972 in Beijing, China and Pengyu was born in 1974 in Heilongjiang, China.
They studied in the same years at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, the city where they still live and work today. Throughout the 90s, they started to become prominent, managing to come away from the artistic norm of that time while also questioning the principles of the international art world. Their use and adoption of unusual materials, their engagement in past struggles and their awareness of the current context are all factors in making their work relevant and extremely relatable.
Throughout their artistic career, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu have deliberately incorporated provocative materials into their work, ranging from live animals to human flesh, bones and oil. The work of Sun Yuan & Peng Yu is based on the incessant confirmation of paradox, on the perpetual search for the dualities between reality and falsehood, the manifest and the concealed. Their apparently provocative work is the demonstration of a continual analysis of life through experience in which the viewing public is often invited to participate, with the will to find the essence and substance hidden behind appearance. 

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