Laughter is a strange convulsion produced by the body when something is so dissonant, we physically can’t contain it. While we associate laughter with happiness, it can be awkward or malicious, and all people are attuned to its nuanced hues. Chinese artist Yue Minjun has made a name for himself exploring the concept of the smile and laughter, creating works that appear bright and happy but carry dark undertones that comment on the ironic forms of oppression in Chinese society. As Minjun’s international reputation grows, he will have his first Hong Kong show at Harbour City on September 20 featuring five new sculptures, and his first major European exhibition at Foundation Cartier in Paris in November.
Yue Minjun in his Beijing studio
Sketch of the sculptures in Yue Minjun’s “The Tao of Laughter” show at Harbour City (via Arrested Motion)