The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris is to hold the first major European exhibition of works by Chinese artist Yue Minjun later this year. Using  large formats, vivid colors and grotesque style, the artist’s paintings express an ironic and disillusioned vision of the social and political situation in contemporary china and of the human condition in the modern world. These gremlin-like figures have been explored and developed since the early 1990s; their laughter has reverberated almost obsessively through his work ever since. Featuring nearly fifty paintings from collections around the world as well as a significant number of sculptures from the garden of his studio in Beijing, this is a unique opportunity to discover the work of an artist, who, although imitated by countless others, hardly ever exhibits and is known to keep a low public profile. The exhibition will run between  November 14, 2012 and March 17, 2013 at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain. (Designbloom)