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Yue Minjun

Surrender, 2009
Lithography
Edition of 130
80 x 120 cm (31.5 x 47.2 in.)
Signed and numbered
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"Surrender" belongs to the "Snatched Ecstasy" collection, a set of 20 lithographs in a brushed aluminum case and produced in a limited edition of 132 rare books. The collection is accompanied by a set of poems by the renowned Poet Fernando Arrabal.

"I consider my paintings as tragic and painful expressions, and I can even say that they are all scenes of combat [...]." — Yue Minjun

Yue Minjun's work revolves around his characteristic grinning self-image - a repeated motif throughout his oeuvre. The figures, all based on a generic self-portrait, are each rendered with an inane beaming smile - a cynical grimace that represents the artist's resignation and disdain towards the materialism and spiritual emptiness of contemporary mainland Chinese culture.