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Yue Minjun

Garbage Hill, 2009
Lithograph
Edition of 130
80 x 120 cm (31.4 x 47.2 in.)
Signed and numbered
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"Garbage Hills" belongs to the "Snatched Ecstasy" collection, a set of 20 lithographs in a brushed aluminum case and produced in a limited edition of 130 rare books. The collection is accompanied by a set of poems by the renowned Poet Fernando Arrabal.

"Here we are piled in a big heap of garbage making an abject hill and yet we are happy and we are laughing" — Fernando Arrabal

Yue Minjun’s works are instantly recognizable by the characteristic laughing figure, actually the artist himself, depicted in various guises in virtually all his works. The figure has more teeth than one could possibly want, like the expensive smiles of fashion models advertising the latest whitening power of a toothpaste brand. This figure also shares the exaggerated nature of these advertising images. Yue Minjun’s trademark smile is many things at once. It is hilarious and infectious yet cynical and mocking. It appears superficial, mindless, even ridiculous but is deeply revealing and compelling. There are instant parallels to be drawn with the Social Realist propaganda posters of earlier eras of communism.