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Galleria Continua
San Gimignano
Les Moulins
Sao Paulo

Sun Yuan was born in Beijing in 1972, Peng Yu was born in Heilongjiang in 1974 and subsequently moved to Beijing, where both of them currently live and work. These two prominent figures made their way together through the winding cultural situation of the 90’s in China, expressing their singularity without following the spectacular artistic mainstream of that period, being extremely provocative, challenging the moral standards that prevailed in the global art stream. The interest in unusual materials, the absorption of ancient conflicts and an extraordinary ability of intuition and foresight is what make their artworks intense and unique.


Sun Yuan and Peng Yu forge their artistic route walking straight on a tightrope without losing balance of the paradoxical concepts they pursue; the dichotomies between constants and contrasts, reality and ideals, clashes and harmonies. They express bluntly the communicative essence of a different art, far different from the typical contemporary din; oriented toward self-examination rather than mere provocation.


In expansion, their work can be taken as a meticulous study of life as much as it may be considered an indispensable experience, and additionally as a perpetual search of the essence as it differs from the evidence. For this purpose they stylistically and conceptually strive to alter the subject with audacity, in order to expose Truth stripped of all conventional barriers and to widen conceptual limits.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy


Hyper Real, National Gallery of Australia, Australia


Le Coup du Fantome, Lille3000, Lille, France

Dear, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France


Hong Kong Intervention, ICA Gallery 1, Lasalle College of The Arts, Singapore

I am Here, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US


Hong Kong intervention, Vargas Museum in cooperation with Osage

Art Foundation, Quezon City, Philippines

Teenager Teenager, Arario Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

The world is a fine place for you to fight for, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy


Freedom, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Hong Kong Intervention, Osage, Hong Kong, China


Higher, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China

Selected Group Exhibitions


May You Live in Interesting Times, 58th Edition of Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


In The Assembly, K11 Museum, Shenyang, China

Art and China After 1989: The Theater of The World, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain


Asia Pacific Contemporary Art: Hello City, DMA Korea Daejeon Art Museum, Daejeon, South Korea

Art and China After 1989: The Theater of The World, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Hyper Real, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia


Why not ask again, 11th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

Tales of Our Time, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

What about the Art? Contemporary Art from China, Qatar Museums (QMA), Doha, Qatar


Myth/History II: Shanghai Galaxy, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China


Myth/History, Yuz Collection of Contemporary Art, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China

15 Years Chinese Contemporary Art Award, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

Die 8 der wege: Kunst in Beijing, Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany


A Triple Tour, Conciergerie, Paris, France

Asian art biennial — Everyday Life, National Taiwan Museum Of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

China China. Individuality - Collective, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine


The angels of Klee, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

Art of Change-New Directions From China, Hayward Gallery, London, England

Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery, Sydney, Australia

From Modern — 15 expressions of 15 artists, National Museum of China, Beijing, China (Sun Yuan participated in exhibition separately)

Facing walls, Opening windows, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China

Time Traveler, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Trading Futures, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan

2012 Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong, China

Suspicion, Night breezes - Never ending Voyage, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Worldly House _ Returning material, dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany


Trap, Art Issue Project, Beijing, China

It won’t happen again, Galleria Continua Being, China

Great Performances, The Pace Gallery, Beijing, China

A Wedding, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong


Trap, Issue Projects, Beijing, China

Arts and Cities, Aichi Triennal, Nagoya, Japan

Rem(a)inders, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China

Sydney Biennale 2010, Sydney, Australia


Sphères, Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Chatel, France

Breaking Forecast: 8 Key Figures of China’s New Generation

Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

Time Versus Fashion, Kunstverein Nuertingen, Nuertingen, Germany


Shooting, Han Ji Yun Contemporary Space, Beijing, China

Fear, Wedel Fine Art, London, England

The Revolution Continues: New Chinese Art, The Saatchi, Gallery, London, England

Avant-garde China, The National Art Center, Tokyo; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan

Unmoved, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China

Go China? New World Order, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands

7 Days, University of St. Thomas, Manila, Philippines (Sun Yuan, Peng Yu participated in exhibition respectively)

Bird Hunting, T Space, Beijing, China

One Hour, Xin Beijing Art Gallery, Beijing, China (Sun Yuan participated in exhibition separately)

China XXI Secolo: Arte fra identità e trasformazione, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

Identity and Tolerance, 1st Mediations Biennale 2008, Poznan, Poland


China Welcomes You, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria

$%?……@$!# ???, Tang Contemporary Art., Beijing, China

Invisible Vision, Han Ji Yun Contemporary Art Space, Beijing, China

Moscow Biennale of Contemporary art, Moscow, Russia


Jiang Hu: Contemporary Chinese Art, Tilton Gallery, New York, US

Susi - Future & Fantasy, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila, Philippines

Double - Kick Cracker, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Special Project for China Pavilion, 2006 Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England


Renovatio -Relations of Production, Long March Space, Beijing, China

Ten Thousand Years, Beijing, China

To Each His Own, Zero Field Experimental Art Centre, Beijing, China

Mah-jong Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland

Virgin Garden: Emersion, China Pavilion of The 51st Venice Biennale, Vergini Garden, Venice, Italy


Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, South Korea

Asian Traffic, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia

Is it Art? - Two Wrongs can make a Right, Museum Art Shanxi, Sian, China

Le moine et le demon, Museum Art Contemporary, Lyon, France

All Under Heaven, MuHKA: Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium


Left Wing, Left Bank, Beijing, China

Trojan Horse, Shenghua Arts Center, Nanjing, China

Second Hand Reality, Today art Museum, Beijing, China

Asian Short Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand (Peng Yu participated in exhibition separately)


The Adventures, Beijing, China (Peng Yu curated and participated in the exhibition)

The 1st Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou Art Museum, Guangzhou, China (Sun Yuan participated in exhibition separately)

Difference: ER + ZWEI, Tai Kang Top Space, Beijing, China (Peng Yu participated in exhibition separately)


Get Out of Control, Berlin, Germany

International Triennial of Contemporary Art Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan


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

Documentary Show of Chinese Avant – garde Art in the 1990'sAsia Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Fuck Off!, Donglang Art Gallery, Shanghai, China (Sun Yuan, Peng Yu participated in exhibition respectively)

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

A Feast of Art, Beijing, China


Civilization and Life, Beijing, China (Peng Yu participated in exhibition separately)

Post-Sense Sensibility: Alien Bodies & Delusion, Group Exhibition the basement of Shao Yaoju apartment, Beijing, China (Sun Yuan participated in exhibition separately)


Counter-Perspectives? The Environment & Us, Beijing, China (Sun Yuan, Peng Yu participated in exhibition respectively)

Inlays, Tongdao Gallery at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China (Sun Yuan participated in exhibition separately)