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Ding Yi, Photo: Li Xiaoling
Ding Yi, Photo: Li Xiaoling

Since the end of the 1980s, the Chinese artist Ding Yi has devoted himself exclusively to working with the theme of the cross (+) and ex (x), which he exploits to its maximum potential. All his works are the result of these small signs repeated according to a systematic principle. Devoid of narrative or symbolic significance, this approach to painting does not seek any sort of emotional expression, but instead is reduced to its minimal state. A wonderful dynamic is born out of the tension between formal variety and the minimal nature of the structural elements. The work is never the result of a mechanical reproduction, but rather of a delicate manual process. His paintings have also been seen as an accumulation of a sort of manual writing, reminiscent of a traditional savoir-faire or of the Chinese calligraphy practice. The artist has always had a talent for integrating a variety of references in a very personal way, whether it be from the preceding generation of Chinese artists or western influences such as those of Mondrian and Newman, Pollock and Warhol.

Born in 1962, Ding Yi lives and works in Shanghai. He obtained a first degree from Shanghai Arts and Crafts Institute in 1983 and a second with the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Shanghai in 1990. Ding Yi enjoys international recognition and has participated in the Venice Biennale (1993), the Yokohama Triennale (2001) and the Guangzhou Biennale (2002), among others. In 2008 the Museum of Modern Art of Bologna in Italy dedicated an important solo exhibition to the artist. Ding Yi has been an art professor at Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts since 2005.

Publications

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2020
Ding Yi. Grids

Galerie Karsten Greve Paris, France

2020
Highlight

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

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2020
Ding Yi: The Cross-Style

Long Museum, Chongqing, China

2020
Appearance of Crosses

Nova Contemporary, Bangkok, Thailand

2018
+x30 Years: Ding Yi’s Works

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

2017
Ding Yi. Appearance of Crosses: A Chronicle

Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, China

2016
Re-Appearance of Crosses, Ding Yi Solo Show

Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

2015
Ding Yi: What’s Left to Appear

The Long Museum, Shanghai, China

2014-15
Ding Yi. Scintillement

Galerie Karsten Greve Paris, France

2013
Ding Yi

UCCA – Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2012
Ding Yi. Appearance of Crosses

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2011-12
Ding Yi: Specific – Abstracted

Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Group exhibitions
2020-21
Vitality of Variables

HOW Art Museum, Wenzhou, China

2020-21
Duration: Chinese Art in Transformation

Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China

2020
Psychedelic, Urban Landscape and Abstraction

Mingyuan Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2020
Shanghai Waves: Historical Archives and Works of Shanghai Biennale

Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

2020
On Sabbatical

West Bund Museum Gallery 0, Shanghai, China

2020
Sheng Mo

Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2019
Daybreak

The Barn Contemporary Art Space, Shenzhen, China

2019
The Challenging Souls: Yves Klein, Lee Ufan and Ding Yi

Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

2019-20
The Return of Guests

Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

2018
Perspective / Salvation

Qing Art Space, Shanghai, China

2018
Splendours of the Sun and the Moon - China Contemporary Art Exhibition

Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy

2018
Abstract Plus

Essence Contemporary Art Museum, Chongqing, China

2018
Avant-garde Shanghai: 30 Year Literature Exhibition of Shanghai Contemporary Art (1979-2010)

Mingyuan Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2018
Art Patrons

Qiao Space & Tank Shanghai Project Space, Shanghai, China

2018
Black and White - An Exhibition of Monochrome

The Long Museum, Shanghai, China

2018
Art & China after 1989: Theatre of the World

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

2018-19
Volez, Voguez, Voyagez

Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

2018-19
From 1978 to 2018: Art History Shaped by 40 Artists

Shanghai Powerlong Museum, Shanghai, China

2018
Ambush on All Sides — Another Kind of Social Vision Intervention

Sichuan Fine Art Institute Art Museum (Tiger City University), Chongqing, China

2018
Chinese Spirit: The 4th Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition in Beijing

China Art Museum, Beijing, China

2018
Turning Point - 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art

The Long Museum, Shanghai, China

2017-18
Last Night's Fortune Teller: The Third Part of an Exhibition Series with New Acquisitions of Chinese and International Contemporary Art

Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

2017-18
Bye Bye De Stijl, Contemporary Artists Respond to De Stijl

Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands

2016-17
Permanent Abstraction - Epiphanies of Modern Form in Escaped Totalities

Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China

2016
An Art Banquet, Shanghai Contemporary Artists' Painting and Sculpture Exhibition

Chun Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2016
Abstraction and Beyond: A Research-Based Tour Exhibition of Chinese Art

Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2016
An/Other Avant-grade China-Japan-Korea, 7th Edition of Busan Biannual

Busan Museum of Modern Art, South Korea

2016
New Capital, Huang Yu Collection Exhibition

Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, China

2015
Calligraphic Time and Space: Abstract Art in China

Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

2015
China 8, Contemporary Art from China at the Rhine and Ruhr

MKM Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg, Germany

2015
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015-16
Cultural Context

Castiglia di Saluzzo, Saluzzo, Italy

2014-15
Secret Signs. Calligraphy in Contemporary Chinese Art

Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany

2014-16
A History: Art, architecture, design from the 1980s until today

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France

2014
Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names

Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2014
Künstlerräume

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2014
Myth/History: Yuz Collection of Contemporary Art

Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China

2013-14
Shanghai/Paris , Modern Art of China

China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2013
Insightful Charisma: Shanghai Himalayas Museum Inaugural Exhibition

Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2013
China Contemporary

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2012-13
Great Way Prevailing: Chinese Contemporary Public Art Exhibition

Downtown of Kassel, Germany

2012
The Seventh Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, Accidental Message: Art is Not a System, Not a World

OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China

2012
Ai Weiwei, Wang Xingwei and Ding Yi: Persona 4

Chambers Fine Art New York, New York, USA

2012-13
Through All Ages, New Style: Invitation Inaugural Exhibition of Long Museum

The Long Museum, Shanghai, China

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