With a mission to transcend state borders, cultures, histories, and media, Deji Art Museum has continuously explored and constructed public art projects in Nanjing’s city center, where history, culture, and commerce intersect, in order to better connect the arts to the public. From the perspective of publicness, artistry, and locality, the museum continually pays attention to urban development, regional culture, and human ecology, lighting up the city with independent art works and public programs while aiming to promote “public sensibilities and social aesthetics.”
As the intersection of an art museum and public space, The Atrium is both the center of urban cultural life and an important spiritual field that inspires new lifestyles and attitudes. Deji Art Museum will debut The Atrium Artist Project in The Atrium, where the infinite space beyond the canopy, the vertical spaces within Deji Plaza Phase II, as well as various extended and linked spaces all converge. The Atrium Artist Project will provide a more relaxed atmosphere for the public to enjoy art with its unique spatial structure and rich aesthetic exchange, fostering multicultural collisions that allow art to enter everyday life.
The first Atrium Artist Project presents Artificial Moon, the most widely known work by renowned contemporary artist Wang Yuyang. The six-meter diameter installation, made up of 25,000 energy-saving light bulbs attached to a metal frame, is the largest work in the “Artificial Moon” series to date. It is also the first Artificial Moon exhibited in a public space frequented by hundreds of thousands of daily visitors anywhere in the world.
A curator, critic, and writer in the contemporary art area
In 2009, he began to work at LEAP magazine as a senior editor. In 2014, he was chosen to be one of the seven members of the Pinchuk Art Foundation’s Future Generation Art Prize selection committee. From 2014 to 2018, he served as the jury for the primary selection of the Huayu Youth Award. In 2022, he takes the role of the assistant curator at Chinese Pavilion of the Venice Biennale.
His work mainly focuses on the state and evolution of Chinese contemporary art in the “post-Olympic era”and the construction of a systematic image of Chinese contemporary art.
Notable curatorial experiences are as follows:
Metascape, Venice, Italy, 2022; “ON | OFF 2021: Carousel of Progress”, HE Art Museum, Shunde, Guangdong, China, 2022; Epiphany: Xu Lei’ s solo exhibition, Nanchizi Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2021; “The Pulse of Modernity”, POWERLONG Museum, Shanghai, China, 2021; “Transcendece and Rén Jiān——Su Xinping and Christopher Le Brun”, The Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition, Shenzhen, China, 2021; “Remapping Reality: Selected Vedio Collection from Wang Bing”, OCAT Shanghai, China, 2019; Our Painting, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 2016; “No Express: Hu Weiyi”, UCCA, Beijing, China, 2015; “Shi Qing: Hinterland Project”, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China, 2015; “ON︱OFF：China’ s Young Artists in Concept & Practice”, UCCA, Beijing, 2013.
WANG Yuyang, born in Harbin in 1979, graduated from The Central Academy of Drama in 2004 and obtained his master’s degree from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. He is now teaching at the School of Experimental Art , Central Academy of Fine Arts.
He has held solo exhibitions in important domestic and foreign institutions such as the Guangdong Museum of Art, Long Museum, CAFA Art Museum, MASSIMODECARLO Gallery in London, and the Museo Novecento in Florence. He has also participated in major group shows both at home and abroad: In 2020, his works were featured in “Immaterial / Re-Material: A Brief History of Computing Art” at UCCA Beijing, Art Basel Hong Kong/Miami Beach, Incheon International Digital Art Festival, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, and “German Night – Cultural Exchange” at the Beijing Workers’ Gymnasium. In 2021, he participated in the 2021 Chengdu Biennale: SUPER FUSION and “ON | OFF 2021: Carousel of Progress” at the He Art Museum. He also took part in the 59th International Art Exhibition -La Biennale di Venezia in 2022.