Chinese artists by Michel Nau - Cai Yuan

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

Cai Yuan

 
 

蔡元

 
     
 

 © Cai Yuan

 
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Cai Wan was born in Jiangsu Province, China.

   
 

He studied oil painting at the Nanjing College of Art.

   

1980

He went to study in the United Kingdom. 

 

He attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design in  London.

   

1983

He earned a B.A ( Bachelor of Arts ) from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London.

   

1991

He graduated from a Master.

   
 

He worked in a variety of media: painting, photography, video and performance

   
 

He started to perform in collaboration with Jianjun Xi under the name of MadForReal,

 

group founded to intervene in Art Institutions and public places: 

   
 

At the Tate Gallery for their first duo called Two Artists Jump on Tracey Emin's Bed

 

they thwart  security members and jump into the bed of the Emin Tracey facility.

 

At the Tate Gallery for Two Artists Piss on Duchamp's Urinal, they tried to urinate  

 

in a sculpture of R. Mutt.

 

At the Shanghai Biennial, they kidnapped the curator Hu Hanru. 

   
 

The films, videos, photographs taken from their performances were shown .

 

in different Biennials and galleries around the world.

   
   
 

Danièle Sicard

 


 
 

 © Cai Yuan 蔡元

 
 
 
 
     
   


exhibitions  
selection

 

 

     
    United Kingdom  

2004

24.09 21.11 Chinese Art Centre Happy and Glorious

 

  Manchester  

 

     

 

  China  

2004

28.09 20.10 Aura Gallery Face To Face

 

  Shanghai  

 

     

 

  China  

2008

26.07 26.08 Forbidden City Gallery Guang Hua Road 2008

 

  Beijing  

 

     

 

  China  

2008

28.12 08.02 Duolun Museum Five Years of Duolun

 

  Shanghai  

 

     

 

  China  

2009

28.02 12.04 Tokyo Gallery Aircraft Carrier Project

 

  Beijing  

 

     

 

  United Kingdom  

2010

 

Royal Academy

25th London Original Print Fair

 

  Londres  

 

     

 

  Korea  

2010

  Museum

The Flower of Ma

    Gwangju  
       
    United Kingdom  

2010

 

Bluecoat Arts Centre

Bed-in

 

 

Liverpool

 

 

     

 

  United Kingdom  

2011

 

TAG Fine Arts

 

 

 

Islington

London Art Fair

 

     

 

  United Kingdom  

2011

14.11 26.11

TAG Fine Art

The Art of Mapping

 

  London  
       
    China  

2011

27.11 30.11 Today Art Museum XXX 6-
    Beijing Next 10 Years of Contemporary Art

 

     

 

  China  

2012

 

Yizhao Space

Bridge over Trouble

 

 

Beijing

 

 

     

 

  Germany  

2012

 

Documenta 13

100 Bottles / 100 Choices,

       

 

  Germany  

2013

 

Kunstverein Ludwigsburg

The Blood in my Hands

 

 

Ludwigsburg

 

 

     

 

  United Kingdom  

2013

 

Asia House

London Chinese Artists Biennale

    London  
       
    United Kingdom  

2013

 

Ashmolean Musée

Scream

   

Oxford

 
       
    China  

2013

26.04 16.06 U.C.C.A Duchamp and / or /in / China
    Beijing  

 


       
 

 © Cai Yuan 蔡元

       
       

 © Cai Yuan 蔡元

       
       
    Performances Mad For Real  selection  
       

1999

 

Two Artists Jump on Tracey Emin’s Bed

Tate Gallery London

2000

 

Two Artists Piss on Duchamp’s Urinal

Tate Modern London

2000

 

Two Artists Crawl Through

Central London

2000

 

Two Artists Swim Across the Thames

London

2001

 

Touring London

London

2002

  Soya and Ketchup Fight Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool

2002

  Two Red Men Central London

2003

  Paradox London

2004

 

Monkey King Causes Havoc

British Museum
   

in the Heavenly Palace

 

2005

  Apple of My eye Victoria Albert Museuum

2007

 

Transfiguration, Performance

Louis T Blouin Foundation, London

2008

  Far West Amolfini Gallery Bristol

2009

  Aircraft Carrier Project  

2010

 

Spoken Word

Invia London

2010

 

Crazy Wisdom

Pan Asia Performance

2012

 

Scream

Tate Mordern

2012

  Face to Face Quanzi Art Museum Shenzhen
       

 


 

 

 © Cai Yuan

 
 

 © Cai Yuan

 

 

 
 

   

Cai Yuan

www.caiyuan.uk

TAG Fine Arts  London

www.tagfinearts.com

Cai Yuan & Jian Jun Xi

www.madforreal.org  

   


 
 

 © Cai Yuan 蔡元

 
 


Mad For Real 2005

 

Mad for Real

Carrots Press  

 

text  Dr Katie Hill

London

 

interview  Sally Lai

2005
 

26 cm x 21 cm  

 
 

128 p

 
 

isbn  0955107407

 
     
       
       

 One World One Dream 2005

 

东京画廊

BTAP

 

Tokyo Gallery + Beijing Tokyo Art Projects

2009

     
     
     
     
     
       
       

 Game Identity 2009

 

香港当代唐人艺术中心

2009
 

Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

 
     
     
     
     
     
       
       
 Mad For Real Soya Sauce and Ketchup  

Mad For Real

 
 

Soya Sauce and Ketchup

 
 

Fight  University Gallery

 
     
     
     
     
     
       
       
       


 

 

 © Cai Yuan & Jian Jun Xi : Performance

Cai Yuan & Jian Jun Xi : Performance

 

 Cai Yuan & Jian Jun Xi : Performance

Cai Yuan & Jian Jun Xi : Performance

 

 Cai Yuan & Jian Jun Xi : Performance

Cai Yuan & Jian Jun Xi : Performance

 

Cai Yuan & Jian Jun Xi : Performance  


 
 

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