Lisson Gallery

Ding Yi

Ding Yi (b. 1962) was born and currently resides in Shanghai. The practice of Ding Yi encompasses painting, sculpture, spatial installation and architecture. He works primarily with “+” and its variant “x” as formal visual signals, above and against the political and social allegories typical of painting in China. He chose this sign in the second half of the 80s as a synonym of structure, rationality and of a pictorial expressiveness that reflects the essence of things.

Ding has exhibited extensively in group shows at institutions and galleries internationally, including at The British Museum, London (2021); M+ Museum, Hong Kong (2021); Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2020); San Francisco MoMA, San Francisco (2018-2019); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York & Bilbao (2017-2018); Mercedes-Benz Contemporary, Berlin (2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2015); Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo MAXXI, Rome (2011); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2007); touring exhibitions at museums in Bern, Hamburger, Barcelona (2005-2009); Hamburger Bahnhof Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin (2001). His works have also been included in 45th Venice Biennale (1993), The First Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (1993), 11th Biennale of Sydney (1998), Yokohama 2001 International Triennale of Contemporary Art (2001), 6th Shanghai Biennale (2006), 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2012), and 6th Busan Biennale (2016).

He has recent solo exhibitions at Ningbo Museum of Art and Huamao Museum of Art Education, Ningbo (both in 2023); Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning, Shenzhen (2023); Mojie Art Museum, Taiyuan (2023); TAG Art Museum, Qingdao (2022); Jebum-gang Art Center, Lhasa (2022); Galería RGR, Mexico City (2022); ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (2018) and Singapore (2022); Timothy Taylor Gallery, New York (2021) and London (2019); Long Museum, Chongqing (2020) and West Bund, Shanghai (2015), Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne (2020) and Paris & St. Moritz (2021); Nova Contemporary, Bangkok (2020); Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich (2019); Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2018); Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an (2017); Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan (2016), Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2011); Museo d’Arte Modena di Bologna, Bologna (2008); and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2005).

 

Recent, current and forthcoming projects

‘Ding Yi: Prediction and Retrospection’, Château la Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France (3 July – 16 September 2024).

‘Ding Yi: Homeland and Journey’, Ningbo Museum of Art & Huamao Museum of Art Education, Ningbo, China (21 October - 3 December 2023 & 23 September 2023 - 24 March 2024)

‘Ding Yi: Cross Galaxy’, Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning, China (16 August - 15 October 2023)

Appearance of Crosses 1991-3

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 1991-3

1991
Acrylic on canvas
140 x 180 cm
55 1/8 x 70 7/8 in

Appearance of Crosses 1996-27

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 1996-27

1996
Chalk and charcoal on lien
140 x 160 cm
55 1/8 x 63 in

Appearance of Crosses 2006-3

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 2006-3

2006
Acrylic on tartan
135 x 200 cm
53 1/8 x 78 3/4 in

Ding Yi: What's Left to Appear

Ding Yi
Ding Yi: What's Left to Appear

Installation view at Long Museum (West Bund), Shanghai, 2015

Appearance of Crosses 2015-7

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 2015-7

2015
Acrylic and woodcuts on basswood
480 x 240 cm
189 x 94 1/2 in

Appearance of Crosses 2015-7 (detail)

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 2015-7 (detail)

2015
Acrylic and woodcuts on basswood

Appearance of Crosses 2016-B10

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 2016-B10

2016
Chalk and charcoal on Japanese yuu grid paper
500 x 1185 cm
196 7/8 x 466 1/2 in

Appearance of Crosses 2016-B10 (detail)

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 2016-B10 (detail)

2016
Chalk and charcoal on Japanese yuu grid paper

+ × 30 Years: Ding Yi's Works

Ding Yi
+ × 30 Years: Ding Yi's Works

Installation view at Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, 2018

Ding Yi: Flowing Infinity

Ding Yi
Ding Yi: Flowing Infinity

Installation view at TAG Art Museum, Qingdao, 2022

Multi-Verse: Ding Yi in Tibet

Ding Yi
Multi-Verse: Ding Yi in Tibet

Installation view at Jebum-gang Art Center & Shide Space, Lhasa, 2022

Ding Yi: Cross Galaxy

Ding Yi
Ding Yi: Cross Galaxy

Installation view at Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning (MoCAUP), Shenzhen, 2023

Appearance of Crosses 2024-10

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 2024-10

2024
Acrylic and woodcuts on basswood
240 x 240 x 7 cm
94 1/2 x 94 1/2 x 2 3/4 in

Appearance of Crosses 2024-10 (detail)

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 2024-10 (detail)

2024
Acrylic and woodcuts on basswood

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