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Born in 1959, Wang Luyan is one of China’s leading conceptual artists. He was a founding member of the avant-garde group Stars who explored political artistic experimentation as a result of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970s, and he was deeply involved in the New Measurement Group, a three-member initiative of conceptual artists that existed from 1988-1995. His works have been presented in collective and solo exhibitions in China and internationally.

On the theme of On Sharks & Humanity, Wang Luyan designed a monumental work of art named “The Net”. This imposing drag net completely envelops the Entrance Hall of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and epitomizes excessive human greed. With the reversal of roles, Humankind – represented here by the visitors – is caught, a victim of his own actions.

These photos show the artist’s studio.