We are met on all sides by brightly smiling faces in the colourful paintings and sculptures by Chinese artist Yue Minjun. But are the faces laughing with us or at us? In recent years a large and many-sided art scene has flourished in China, featuring a great many internationally successful artists, including Yue Minjun. In his works he reflects on the relationship between nation and individual, tradition and change. Employing the simple artistic means of pop art and cartoons, he creates pictures that both seduce and confuse the public. For why is the man in the picture smiling so broadly?
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