Jun Yang: The Monograph Project, Volume 1–3

Jun Yang: The Monograph Project, Volume 1–3

Concept: Oliver Klimpel, Barbara Steiner, Jun Yang
Editor: Barbara Steiner
Designer: Oliver Klimpel, Anna Gille
Jovis Verlag (Berlin) I 9783868593662
2015 I English

Book 1: June Young, Book 2: Yang Jun, Book 3: Tun Yang; 2015



Jun Yang’s monograph is a series of six books, which altogether form one monograph, though it might be surprising when looking at all issues. Formats, papers, covers, printing techniques, and most importantly, the name of the artist change: from June Young, Yang Jun, Tun Yang, Yi Chuan to Jan Jung, and Jun Yang. The six-part monograph is structured alongside key issues and key projects the artist has done over the past eighteen years.


According to its general definition, a monograph is a specialist work of writing on a single subject, usually by a single author. This is also the case here: the subject is the work of Jun Yang and the monograph is overseen by one editor, yet many authors write. However, the comprehensive Monograph-Project is not an overly ambitious monograph that celebrates one artist’s work—on the contrary, it challenges the genre of monographs, monographic and biographic writing centred round the persona of one artist and his oeuvre. The emphasis is placed on various subjects, all the more, the project suggests “different” artists by varying the name of Jun Yang. Monograph and biography turn themselves into subjects of examination.


Although different in content, format, materiality, design, and—not to forget— the slightly changing name of the artist, the single books will be interrelated: projects, aspects, and visual elements will be taken up time and again, reframed and re-discussed from different angles. Again, gaps are deliberately produced to keep the entire monograph as fragmented and fragile as the issues related to it.


The concept has been developed by Jun Yang and Barbara Steiner, and translated into a visual format by Oliver Klimpel. The Monograph Project is published with Jovis Verlag (Berlin).


Volume 1-3 published 2015.

Volume 4-6 published 2018.


Book 1: June Young, Book 2: Yang Jun, Book 3: Tun Yang; 2015

Book 4: Yi Chuan, Book 5: Jan Jung, Book 6: Jun Yang; 2018



Volume 1: JUNE YOUNG

Format: 25 x 35.3cm

Page: 104














The first book introduces three films: A SHORT-STORY ON FORGETTING AND REMEMBERING, 2007, NORWEGIAN WOODS, 2008, and SEOUL FICTION, 2010, – all dealing with memory: remembering and forgetting; lost identities and the construction of new identities.



Huang Chien-hung, curator, critique, Taipei

H Phoebe Huang Marzec, filmproducer, script writer, Taipei, Delft

Kim Sunjung, director of Samuso: Seoul; artistic director of Asian Culture Complex (ACC), Gwangju

and texts by Barbara Steiner, and Jun Yang



Volume 2: YANG JUN

Format: 21 x 29.7cm

Page: 144









The second book with ‘proposals’; starting with A CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE, TAIPEI (A PROPOSAL) which was a project at the Taipei Biennial 2008 – on the conditions of contemporary art and possible spaces in Taipei; the project lead to the founding of Taipei Contemporary Art Center 2009.


Book 2 further introduces two other proposals: DAM A MAGAZINE / A PAPER ABOUT / WITH DAEIN ART MARKET, Gwangju Biennale 2012 and MICRO M – A PROPOSAL FOR A PUBLIC SPACE – A CINEMA, Sharjah Art Foundation 2012



Amy Cheng, director of TheCube Project Space, Taipei

Meiya Cheng, chair of Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei

Vasif Kortun, director of research and programs at SALT, Istanbul, Ankara

Claudia Pestana, curator, Seoul

and texts by Barbara Steiner, and Jun Yang



Volume 3 TUN YANG

Format: 14.6 x 25cm

Page: 136










The third book deals with the reflection on ‘nature’ (the natural) and ‘artificial’ (the artificial), and the question of authenticity and the construction of images. This is also reflected in the artist’s work at the overlaps and the intersection of contemporary art and economical projects such as a restaurant, a garden and a hotel…


The projects featured are: COMING HOME – DAILY STRUCTURES OF LIFE, video/installation, Los Angeles, 2000; RA’MIEN, restaurant, Vienna, 2002; RA’AN, restaurant, Vienna, 2003; GFZK GARTEN/HEIDI, garden and shop, Leipzig, 2006-2011; CAFÉ PARIS SYNDROM, Leipzig 2007-2010; PARIS SYNDROME, video/installation, Guangzhou, 2008; TAIPEI CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER, Taipei, 2009; HOTEL PARIS SYNDROM, Leipzig 2010; RA’MIEN GO, restaurant, Vienna, 2012; BECOMING EUROPEAN OR HOW I GREW UP WITH WIENER SCHNITZEL, performance/video, Berlin 2012.



Mami Kataoka, chief curator at the Mori Museum, Tokyo

Hu Fang, co-founder of Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, Beijing

Denise Radulescu, curator, Bucharest

Tie Yang, owner ra’mien restaurant, Vienna

Dong Ngo, owner ra’mien restaurant, Vienna

Dirk Cwienk, café-manager, Leipzig

Heike Laser, café-manager, Leipzig

Johannes Ringel, frequent guest of Hotel Paris Syndrom, Leipzig

Angela Boehnke, depot manager, GfZK, Leipzig

Annett Koch, accountant, GfZK, Leipzig

Sophie Thalbauer, architect, Vienna

and texts by Barbara Steiner, and Jun Yang



About Jun Yang

Born in 1975 in Qingtian, PR China, and grew up in Vienna. Now he lives and works in Vienna, Taipei and Yokohama. His works include films, installations, performances and projects in the public space. Yang is a co-founder of Taipei Contemporary Art Center. Together with his brother Yang Tie and his friend Dong Ngo, he founded the restaurant and bar ra’mien in 2002 and the restaurant chain ra’mien go in 2012. The Café Leopold also recently opened at Leopold Museum in Vienna.

Jun Yang often tells stories in his works that stem from his personal history and focus on questions of cultural and national identity, in particular, what it means to grow up in-between different cultures without resorting to identity politics, and he explores ideas of landscape, home, architecture and social structure – mostly with quirky humor and intimacy.

Jun Yang has participated in several international biennials (Manifesta 2002, Venice 2005, Liverpool 2006, Taipei 2008, Gwangju 2012 and 2018, Bangkok 2018, and Sydney 2018), and his recent solo exhibitions/projects include: The Artist, the Work and the Exhibition, Kunsthaus, Graz (2019); The Overview Perspective, Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2018); A Short-Story on Forgetting and Remembering, ShugoArts, Tokyo (2010); Paris Syndrome, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou (2008). Jun Yang was the 25th Msgr. Otto Mauer Prize Winner (2005); in 2017 he received the Prize for Fine Arts of the City of Vienna.


Photo by Wen Peng

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