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2010
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65*92 CM

ZHANG Yu

 

 

Zhang Yu (China, b. 1959~)
 
1959    Born in Tianjin, China
1979    Admitted to Tianjin Yangliuqing Fine Arts Press
             Editorial Director, Senior Editor of World of Chinese Painting, Tianjin Yangliuqing Fine Arts Press
1988    Graduated from Tianjin Fine Arts Academy of Arts and Crafts, Tianjin, China
2002    Associate Professor at Tianjin Transportation Vocational College, Tianjin, China
2004    Guest Professor in the New Media Department, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing
2005    Established his studio in Beijing
2006    Moved to Beijing
 
Currently a professional artist in Beijing
Lives and works in Beijing
 

Solo Exhibitions
 
2015    The Dynamic Image Plans of Xiaozhou: Symbiotic Behavior and Imaging – 
             Zhang Yu’s Works Exhibition, Xiaozhou People Auditorium, Guangzhou, China
2014    Zhang Yu: The Form of Notion, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China        
             Fundamental: Zhang Yu Visual Darwinism Exhibition, 
             Sanshang Contemporary Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
2013    Cultivation Practice – Exhibition of Zhang Yu’s Fingerprint Works 1991-2013, 
             Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
             Conception and Form: Zhang Yu’s Work, Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
             Drinking at the Martell Chateau – Wash and Ink, Cognac, France
2012    Sealed Fingerprints – Exhibition of Works by Zhang Yu, Other Gallery, Shanghai
             Fingerprints – Zhang Yu’s Work, SEM-ART Space, Monte Carlo, Monaco
2011    Cultivation Practice – Zhang Yu’s Fingerprint works 1991-2011, Today Art Museum, Beijing
2010    Diffused Fingerprints – Zhang Yu’s Art works, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei
2009    Fingerprints: The Trace of Zhang Yu's Practice, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei
             Fingerprints: The Trace of Zhang Yu's Practice, Da Xiang Art Space, Taichung, Taiwan
             Zhang Yu's “Instant Zen”: Exploration for Culture and the Spirits, 
             Da Xiang Art Space, Taichung, Taiwan
2008    Fingerprints: Exhibition of Works by Zhang Yu, Creek Art, 798 Art District, Beijing
2007    Fingerprints: Zhang Yu, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York
2006    Fingerprints: Zhang Yu, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York
2000    Divine Light: Ink Paintings by Zhang Yu, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York
2001    Zhang Yu: Experimental Ink and Wash, The Red Mansion Foundation, London
1993    Zhang Yu: Fan Painting Exhibition, Zhuxianxuan Art Gallery, Hong Kong
1992    Chinese Artist Zhang Yu: Modern Ink and Wash Exhibition, Belyaev Gallery, Moscow
1989    Zhang Yu: Fan Painting Exhibition, Qingdao Workers’ Cultural Palace, Qingdao, China
1988    Zhang Yu: Exhibition of Ink and Wash Paintings, Tian jin Art Museum, Tianjin, China
 

Group Exhibitions
 
2015    Writing∙Non-writing: Orientation and Realm, 
             Art Museum of the Chinese Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China
             The 56th Venice Biennale – Personal Structures, Venice, Italy
             Open Books: Artists with their Chinese Album, Wenzhou Museum of Contemporary Art, 
             Wenzhou, China
2014    A Fragment in the Course of Time – Landscape of Chinese Ink Art in 1980s, 
             Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai
             Chinese Printmaking Exhibition, ChinaPrint Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
             West Says East Says: Chinese Contemporary Art Research Exhibition, 
             United Art Museum, Wuhan, China  
             Open Books: Artists and the Chinese Folding-books, Art Museum Institute of Chinese           
             Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
             Variation: Contemporary Chinese Ink Art Series II, Hive Center For Contemporary Art, Beijing
             Non-Being, Emptiness: An Intellectual Dimension of Contemporary Art, 
             Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, 798 Art District, Beijing
             Ink and the Body: Ink and Phenomenology, Exhibition No.1, Ink Studio, Beijing
             Open Thinking of Contemporary Art, Da Xiang Art Space, Taichung, Taiwan
             Ethereal Dimness: New Water Ink Research Series, 
             Avant–Garde Contemporary Arts Center, Nanjing, China
2013    New Prominent of Academy: Exhibition of the Nominated for China’s Contemporary Ink and 
             Wash Artists 2013, Today Art Museum, Beijing
             Forms of the Formless – Contemporary Art from China, Sishang Art Museum, Beijing
             Washing Painting New Dimension – 2013 Critics Nomination Exhibition, 
             National Art Museum of China, Beijing
             The Original Way – New Concepts in Chinese Contemporary Art, 
             Hong Kong Museum of Art,Hong Kong
             The 55th Venice Biennale – Personal Structures, Venice, Italy
             The 55th Venice Biennale – Collateral Exhibition of Chinese Art, Venice, Italy
             Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
             New Realm: Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art, Conde Duque, Madrid
             “Ink Files” in Its First Round: China and South Korea Contemporary Ink Invitation Exhibition, 
             The Art Museum of Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
             New Abstract Art Invitational Exhibition, Phoenix Art Palace, Wuxi, China
             Silent Realm, Renaissance of Eastern Aesthetics, Zero Art Center, 798 Art District, Beijing
             Outside Method, Da Xiang Art Space, Taichung, Taiwan
2012    Goods Possession of the East: Exhibition of Classical Chinese Art, Shanghai Museum,Shanghai
             Ink Painting – International Ink Painting Exhibition, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei
             “2012 Context China – 'Super-Impressionistic Easel Art' 10+10”, 
             Sanchuan Modern Art Museum, Nanjing, China
             Forms of the Formless – Contemporary Art from China, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany
             Ink: The Art of China, Saatchi Gallery, London
             Original Shapes of Ink and Wash - Group Exhibition, Sanchuan Modern Art Museum, Nanjing, China
             Duchamp’ Inframince in Painting, Chinese-Style, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing
             Without Shape – A Thinking Format that Transcends the Medium, 
             Da Xiang Art Space,Taichung, Taiwan
             Ink and Wash Again – Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Art Invitational Exhibition
2000-2010, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
             Towards Notion – Maximalism in Contrasts, Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, New York
             Confluence – Zhang Yu and Sohan Qadri, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
             Trans-Media: Works by Zhang Yu and Liang Quan, Enjoy Museum of Art, Beijing
             Towards Notion – Maximalism in Contrasts, The Richard E. Peeler Art Center, 
             DePauw University, Indiana, USA
2011    Ink and Wash China, Chinese and Italian Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition, 
             Museo Rivelli di Arte Moderna, Torino, Italy
             Contemporanea, Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, Italy
             Visible Soul – The Fourth Chinese Abstract Art Exhibition, PIFO Gallery, Beijing
             Writing and Passing – Abstract Art Exhibition, ESSE Space, 798 Art District, Beijing
             New Realm: Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
             The Great Celestial Abstraction: Chinese Art in the 21th Century, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 
             University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
             The Great Celestial Abstraction: Chinese Art in the 21th Century, 
             MACRO Testaccio e La Pelanda, Rome
             “2011 Context China – 'Super-Impressionistic Easel Art' 10+10”, 
             Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, Beijing
             Towards Notion – Maximalism in Contrasts, Frick Fine Arts Building, 
             University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA
             Metaphysical Entity, Da xiang Art Space, Taichung, Taiwan
             Oh! Nirica – When dreams meet the material, Firenze, Italy
2010    Ink, Not Ink: Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Art Exhibition, 
             Gliptoteka HAZU- Sculpture Museum of the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts, Zagreb
             The Great Celestial Abstraction: Chinese Art in the 21st Century, 
             National Art Museum of China, Beijing
             Beyond the Horizon – Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, 
             Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago
             Writing∙Non-writing: 2010 International Modern Calligraphy Exhibition, 
             The Art Museum of the Chinese Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
             Memories of the Past: Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting, Morlan Gallery, Transylvania
             University, Lexington, USA
             Tracks and Qualitative Change – The 2nd Beijing Film Academy International New Media
             Art Triennial, Beijing Film Academy No.4 Space Art Museum, Beijing
             Reconstruction – Top Show of China’s Contemporary Abstract Art, Zhejiang Art Museum,
             Hangzhou; Today Art Museum, Beijing
             Towards Notion – Maximalism in Contrasts, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai
             The End of Ink and Wash Painting! From Ink and Wash Painting to Ink and Wash –
             Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Da Xiang Art Space, Taichung, Taiwan
2009    Contemporary Ink Painting – Shanghai New Ink Painting Art Exhibition, Zhu Qizhan Art
             Museum; Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
             Yi Pai: Century Thinking, Today Art Museum, Beijing
             Ink, Not Ink: Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Invitational Exhibition, Warsaw Royal
             Castle, Poland; Hungarian Agricultural Museum, Budapest; National Museum of
             Contemporary Art of Romania, Romania; Sculpture Museum of the Croatian Academy of
             Science and Arts, Jagreb
             Open Flexibility: Innovative Contemporary Ink Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
             Longitude and Latitude of Time and Space – Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational,
             Shanghai International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai
             "Chang" – An Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Da Xiang Art Space, Taichung, Taiwan;
             National Hsinchu University of Education, Hsinchu, China
             The End of Ink and Wash Painting! Creating One’s Own Contemporary Art, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
2008    Yi Pai: 30 Years of “Abstract” Art in China, La Caixa Forum Barcelona, Madrid
             Individual Case: Artists in Art History and Art Criticism, SZ Art Center, 798 Art District, Beijing
             Shanghai MoCA Envisage II – Butterfly Dream, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai
             The 6th Shenzhen International Biennale of Ink and Wash, Shenzhen Museum, Shenzhen, China
             Ink and Wash ≠ Ink and Wash Painting: Zhang Yu, Li Huasheng, Liang Quan, H.J.Y.
             Contemporary Art Center, Beijing
2007    Chinese Edition – Contemporary Art Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing
             By Crafty Scheme, Salvation: From Traditional and Revolution Language,
             Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China
             China Onward: The Estella Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art, Louisiana Museum of
             Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
             Abstract Narrative Art Exhibition and Symposium on Modernity and Abstract Art, 
             Deshan Art Gallery, Beijing
             Lines: Contemporary Chinese Abstract Art Exhibition, Creek Art, 798 Art District, Beijing
             The 3rd Chengdu Biennale, Musuem of Contemproary Art Chengdu, Chengdu, China
             Continuation, Variation and Infiltration: Ink, A Monochromatic World, The Art Museum of
             Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo
             The Supplemental History: Works from the Collection of GDMoA, 
             Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
             Yi Pai: 30 Years of “Abstract” Art in China, Wall Art Museum, Beijing
             Narration in Ink and Wash, Zaim Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
             Intangible: Group Exhibition of Zhang Yu, Liang Quan and Liu Xuguang, Creek Art, 
             798 Art District, Beijing
2006     Revival: New Ink Art Exhibition Shanghai 2006, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum; 
             Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
             Crossing: Modes of Contemporary Ink and Wash, Gallery of Tianjin Academy, Tianjin, China
             Chinese Ink and Wash Documentary Exhibition 1976-2006, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
             Chinese Contemporary Art Documentary Exhibition, 
             China Millennium Monument Art Museum, Beijing
             International Modern Ink Painting Exhibition, Asian Cultural Center, New York
2005    Experiences and Consciousness: Beijing Film Academy New Media Art Festival, 
             Beijing Film Academy, Beijing
             Retrospection of Experimental Ink & Wash, The Exhibition Hall of Shenzhen
             Fine Art Institute Shenzhen, China
             Encre de Chine Expérimentale, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
             Tribute to '85, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
             Writing∙Non-writing: Opened Space and Time of Calligraphy, The Art Museum of the
             Chinese Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
             Metaphysics: Black and White – Abstract Art Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
             Nature: Experimental Ink Painting Report, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
             Upcoming Ink Painting: Modern Ink Painting Exhibition, Palais Rihour, Lille, France
2004    Irrelevant to Reality! – Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, Liu Hai Su Art Museum, Shanghai
             Dreaming of the Dragon's Nation: Contemporary Art from China, Irish Museum ofModern Art, Dublin
             Fu Baoshi Prize: Ink and Wash Painting Nanjing Triennial, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China
             Yokohama International Film Festival: Visual Group, Neo-Academicism of China, 
             Bank Art 1929, Yokohama, Japan
             The 4th Shenzhen International Biennale of Ink and Wash, Guan Shanyue Art Museum;
             The Exhibition Hall of Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, Shenzhen, China
2003    Chinese Art Today, China Millennium Monument Art Museum, Beijing
             Exhibition of Chinese Experimental Ink and Wash, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
             Impermanence: How to Explain the Ink and Wash, Hong Kong Art Commune, Hong Kong
2002    The 17th Asian International Art Exhibition, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
             Hong Kong Art Gallery Collection Exhibition, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
             Ground Zero: Material Art Invitational Exhibition, The Art Museum of China Central
             Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
             "East + West" Ausstellung für die Zeitgenössische Kunst aus China, Künstlerhaus, Vienna
2001    ‘Dream 01’, Contemporary Chinese Art, Atlantis Gallery, London
              The 32nd Düsseldorf Modern Art Exhibition, Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Düsseldorf, Germany
              20 Years of Experiment in Chinese Ink and Wash, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
              The 16th Asian International Art Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
              Abstract Ink and Wash Invitational Exhibition, 
              Xi’an Qujiang International Conference and Exhibition Center, Xi'an, China
2000     Inside Out: New Chinese Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery of Australia, Canberra; 
              Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
              New Chinese Painting, Liu Hai Su Art Museum, Shanghai; Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China
              International Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China
              Color, Brush and Ink: Zhang Yu and Heidi Meyer, 
              Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Beijing
              Exhibition of Abstract Colour and Ink Art, Fang Gallery, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, USA
1999     The 14th Asian International Art Exhibition, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
              Dialogue 1999, Art Gallery of Beijing International Art Palace, Beijing; 
              TEDA (Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area) Contemporary Art Museum; 
              Gallery of Tianjin Academy, Tianjin, China
              From Chinese Ink to Abstraction, Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco, San Francisco, USA
              On the Fringe of Ink and Wash: Exhibition of Works on Paper, 
              Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong
1998     Inside Out: New Chinese Art Exhibition, PS1 Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; 
              Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA
              The 2nd Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
              The 13th Asian International Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
              Looking Back to Chang'an: Invitational Exhibition of Modern Ink and Wash for Collection, 
              Xi'an Art Museum, Xi'an, China
1997     Grand Exhibition of Chinese Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
              Stars of the Century: Chinese Art Biennale, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 
              Canada Exhibition of New Ink and Wash Art, Berlin Art Museum, Berlin; Halle Museum; 
              Galerie TTT; Museum of Antiquities of the University of Leipzig, Heimbach, Germany
1996     Symposium on Chinese Ink and Wash: Toward the 21st Century and Exhibition for
              Viewing and Emulating, The Art Gallery of South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China
              Homecoming: Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Group Exhibition, Gallery on the Rim;
              World Journal Art Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1995     Ink and Light: Chinese Contemporary Experimental Ink and Wash Group Exhibition, 
              Flanders Expo, Gent, Belgium
1994     Zero: Art Exhibition, Flanders Expo, Gent, Belgium
1993     Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Abstract Ink and Wash, The National Museum of China, Beijing
              Six Chinese Modern Ink and Wash Artists, Rong Bao Zhai, Beijing
1992     Invitational Exhibition of Traditional Chinese Painting, 
              Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Painting, Beijing
1991     The 2nd Exhibition of Chinese Realistic Painting with Meticulous Brushwork, 
              National Museum of China, Beijing
1990     The 27th Asian Modern Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; 
              The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
              Spring Exhibition of 1990, Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Painting, Beijing
              Five Contemporary Painters Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, Beijing
1989     Exhibition of Chinese New Literati Painting, Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Painting, Beijing
1988     The 1st Exhibition of Chinese Realistic Painting with Fine Brushwork, 
              National Art Museum of China, Beijing
1986     The new constitution, Orchard Gallery, Singapore
 
Awards
 
2012     AAC, Arts China: Artist of the Year, Ink and Wash Category, Forbidden City, Beijing
2004     Fu Baoshi Award – Nanjing Ink and Wash Painting Media Triennial, 2nd prize, Nanjing, China
1992     Book-binding design for Chinese Modern Ink and Wash Painting, Prize for Huabei, Dong Bei and the                Eight Provinces of the North-East, Prize for Excellence in Book Binding Design, Beijing
1991     Edited and Designed Chinese Meticulous Brushwork Painting for Which the Bronze Prize was                          awarded in the initial 1980-1990 Excellent Fine Arts Book Awards, Beijing
1990     Book-Binding Design of Collected Paintings, 2nd Prize, Cover Design Category in
              the Eight Northern Provinces Awards, Taiyuan, China
1988     Tianjin 3rd Youth Art Festival, 3rd Prize in the Top Ten, Tianjin, China
 

Collectors
 
Metropolitian Museum, New York
Hongkong Art Museum, Hong Kong
Benetton Museum, Venice, Italy
Belyaevo Modern Art Gallery, Moscow
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark University of Louvain Museum, Louvain, Belgium
The Estella Collection, New York
The Olenska Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
The Red Mansion Foundation, London
Shuhua Art Educational Foundation, San Francisco, USA
Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, USA
Goedhuis Contemporary, New York
Jingquan Gallery, Boston, USA
Fang Gallery, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, USA
Baosongtang, New York
SEM-ART Gallery, Monte Carlo, Monaco
National Art Museum of China, Beijing
Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai
Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
The Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu, China
TEDA (Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area) Contemporary Art Museum, Tianjin, China
How Art Museum, Shanghai
Meilun Museum of Art, Changsha, China
Fine Arts Literature Art Centre, Wuhan, China
Rongbaozhai, Beijing
Hanmo Art Gallery, Beijing
Da Xiang Art Space, Taichung, Taiwan
X-Power Gallery, Taipei
Yuan Zhaotang Art Collection Gallery, Shenzhen, China
Other Gallery, Shanghai
Huitai Art Center, Tianjin, China
Chengwei Ventures LLC, Shanghai
Sanchuan Gallery, Beijing
Wanlong Enterprise Group, Xi’an, China
Beijing Caissa Culture Communication Co., Ltd., Beijing