2020 John Moores Painting Prize (China) Exhibition


Ding Yi


Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust

Opening: December 18, 2020, 4:30 PM
Exhibition Dates: December 18, 2020 - April 7, 2021 (closed on Mondays)
Curator: Ding Yi
Organizers: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust
Address: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Jing’an Xinyefang, Building 3, 210 Wenshui Road, Jingan District, Shanghai

The opening of the 2020 John Moores Painting Prize (China) Exhibition will be held on December 18, 2020, at the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, with the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize (China) to be announced during the opening ceremony. Entries for the John Moores Painting Prize (China) competition were accepted from October 20, 2019 to January 16, 2020, and there were 3,166 entries in total. After three rounds of jury selection, the paintings of 88 artists were chosen for the finalist exhibition.

Due to this year’s pandemic, the sixth edition of the John Moores Painting Prize (China) has faced unprecedented challenges; nevertheless, the competition and exhibition planning have been largely a success. In the words of curator Ding Yi: “This year’s John Moores Painting Prize (China) Exhibition will display a more diversified artistic language, and in the works you will find a parallel relationship between observation and expression that is very effective. The artists are observing the world from their own unique perspectives, and have demonstrated the vast possibilities of painting as well as their exploration of the medium and techniques.”

This year will mark the fourth occasion that the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum and the John Moores Painting Prize (China) have cooperated together. “The cooperation between the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum and the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust represents our shared dedication towards the sustained development and vitality of Chinese contemporary art. In today’s world, where the medium of painting is constantly being molded by new artmaking methods and theories, it is of utmost importance to re-evaluate painting as an art form. I hope that through our cooperation, we will be able to forge a path that will be beneficial to Chinese contemporary art, as well as build a platform for the international art exchange between China and the United Kingdom,” commented Gan Zhiyi, director of the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum.

The John Moores Painting Prize is a painting competition that was established in 1957 in the United Kingdom. During the competition, anonymous artworks are appraised by a jury committee, with the members of the committee changing for each edition of the competition, so as to guarantee fairness, integrity and openness in accordance with the contest’s mission. The John Moores Painting Prize saw its first contest in China in 2010. Since then, the competition has been held in China every two years, with a total of five editions organized up to the present day, and has featured talented and aspiring young artists.

This exhibition will be open to the public from December 18, 2020 to April 7, 2021.

Selected Works from the Exhibition

The Window, 260cm x 180cm, oil on canvas

Shadow, 195cm x 39cm, ink on silk scroll

Special Effects Zone 4 - 1, 300cm x 168cm, mixed media on canvas

About Curator


Ding Yi (b. 1962) was born and currently resides in Shanghai. He graduated from Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute in 1983 and graduated from Shanghai University with B.F.A. in 1990. 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.

The simplicity of compositional structure contrasts with the use of a wide variety of materials and of colors that range from almost monochrome tones to the very bright and fluorescent. For the artist these are a record on canvas of the excesses, noise, chaos and confusion but also the stimuli and styles of the city of Shanghai, with which his work is inextricably bound up.

Ding Yi has exhibited extensively at various institutions and galleries, among many others, Power Station of Art (Shanghai, 2019); San Francisco MoMA (2018-2019); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York/Bilbao, 2017-2018); Daimler Contemporary (Berlin, 2017);
Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2015); Lehmbruck Museum (Duisburg, 2015); Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo MAXXI (Rome, 2011); Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, 2010); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, 2007); Exhibition tour in museums in Bern, Hamburger, Barcelona, etc. (2005-2009); Hamburger Bahkhof Museum Für Gegenwart (Berlin, 2001). His works has 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), 6th Busan Biennale (2016).

He has recent solo exhibitions at Long Museum (Chongqing, 2020/
West Bund, Shanghai, 2015), Nova Contemporary (Bangkok, 2020), Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle (Munich, 2019), Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou, 2018), ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, 2018/ Singapore 2015), Xi’an Art Museum (Xi’an, 2017), Timothy Taylor Gallery (London/New York, 2017), Hubei Museum of Art (Wuhan, 2016), Galerie Karsten Greve (Paris, 2014&2019/ St.Moritz, 2012/ Cologne, 2008), Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai, 2011), Museo d’Arte Modena di Bologna (Bologna, 2008), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham, 2005).

Until the Light Takes Us, 200cm x 210cm, acrylic on canvas

Dark Water Tales, 180cm x 200cm, mixed media