Jun Yang is an artist based in Vienna, Taipei and Yokohama. His works encompass various mediums – including, film, installation, performance and projects in the public spaces while addressing institutions, societies and audiences. Having grown up and lived in various different cultural contexts, in his artistic work Jun Yang examines the influence of clichés and media images on identity politics.
Previous exhibitions include the Biennial of Sydney 2018, the Gwangju Biennale 2018 and 2012; the Taipei Biennial 2008, the Liverpool Biennial 2006, the 51st Biennale di Venezia 2005, and the Manifesta 4 in 2002. He is the recipient of the 25th Otto Mauer Art Award in 2005 and the Award for Fine Arts of the City of Vienna in 2017.
Jun Yang was born 1975 in Qingtian, Mainland China. With the background of having family on both sides of the Taiwan straits – his grandparents were part of the Kuomingtang army who retreated to Taiwan in 1949; his family left the P.R.China for Austria when he was four.
In 2007 he moved to Taipei to focus on working on a short film A Short-Story on Forgetting and Remembering. He is also one of the founders of Taipei Contemporary Art Center; which evolved following a project he initiated in the Taipei Biennial 2008.
Jun Yang has always been interested in the overlapping and intersection of contemporary visual arts, business and politics. This can be found in many of his gastronomic and institutional projects. Within this frame, he initiated projects, such as the gfzk garten, the café and the hotel Paris Syndrom, all at the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig (GfZK); or a contemporary art centre, taipei (a proposal) at the Taipei Biennial 2008, which led to the founding of the Taipei Contemporary Art Center, 2009.
With his brother Tie Yang and Dong Ngo, he is founder of the restaurant/bar ra’mien, 2002 and the ra’mien go chain, 2012. Most recently, Yang has been working with his partners on Café Leopold at the Leopold Museum. All of them are located in Vienna.
Jun Yang concluded working on a series of solo-exhibitions/retrospectives that started at the Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2018) continued at Kunsthaus Graz (2019) and was shown in Taipei at Kuandu Museum 2020, TKG+ Projects 2020/2021 and MoCA Taipei 2021 (as one exhibition at three venues in one city). Yang decided thereafter to take ‘off’ from making exhibitions. With his interest in institutions Yang joined the board of the Vienna Secession in 2021.