Huang Yong Ping was born in China in 1954. A great admirer of Marcel Duchamp, Huang founded in 1986 the Xiamen Dada movement, which combines “Xiamen”, the name of the town where he was born, and “Dada”, which alludes to destruction and cultural and political revolt against tradition. In 1986 “Events”, the first Xiamen Dada exhibition in Fujian, south-eastern China, was censored by the authorities. The collective responded by burning its canvases in the museum courtyard, and replaced them with rubbish gathered from the surroundings. In 1989 Jean-Hubert Martin invited Huang Yong Ping to take part in the exhibition Magiciens de la terre, for which he made the monumental sculpture Reptile out of art books that had been through a washing machine. In 1999 he represented France at the Venice Biennale.