Next month, starting on September 20th, Yue Minjun will be opening his first ever Hong Kong exhibition at Harbour City (site of the KAWS’ Passing Through exhibition in 2009). One of China’s preeminent contemporary artists, the man known for paintings of himself with a frozen grin will be presenting The Tao of Laughter – five brand new sculptures (concept sketch seen above) that was inspired by Lao Zi’s 6th century classical text on Taoism known as Tao Te Ching. The new work certainly uses an appropriate reference as the author recommends using the power of laughter to gain inner peace when confronted by society’s problems. Also on display will be twelve silk-screened paintings, each accompanied by a Spanish poet’s poems, giving clues to a hidden message behind each piece.

Discuss Yue Minjun here.