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Zhang Huan, who efficiently uses visual effect as much as its extremity, shows potentials that contemporary art asks for. This effect which can be found in most of his works capturing our eyes comes from its enormous immeasurable size. Visual effect which is based on formats and images that carry political, religious, symbolic weight and especially with enlightening clichés of Chinese society and face of Buddha, can be immediately be felt. The grandiose of a wild tiger or a proletariat is used as a subject by using ashes on canvas and is competent enough to create a reason towards destruction. Usage of ashes means that Zhang Huan is mesmerized in traditions of religion and culture and also forecasts that someday, paintings will be destroyed and turned into ash.

Zhang Huan, who uses materials that symbolizes Chinese traditions focusing on China’s own mentality and temporality, was born in 1965 in Anyang, Henan Province. He graduated from Henen University in 1988; graduated from Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing in 1993. Zhang Huan currently lives and works in Shanghai and New York. His works are part of public collections at Museum of Modern Art in New York, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Pompidou Center in Paris, Louis Vuitton Foundation, and Shanghai Art Museum.





1965       Born in An Yang City, He Nan Province, China

1988       BA, He Nan University, Kai Feng, China

1993       MA, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2009       As Director and Set Designer, Semele, Opera, Theatre Royal de La Monnaie | de Munt, Brussels,        Belgium


Currently lives and Works in Shanghai and New York


Selected Solo Exhibtions


2013       Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Michigan, U.S.

2012       Zhang Huan: Ash Paintings and Memory Doors, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Zhang Huan: The Mountain is Still a Mountain, White Cube, London, UK

           Zhang Huan: Jin Hui Dui, Gallery 100, Taipei, Taiwan

2011       Zhang Huan: Q Confucius, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China 

          Zhang Huan: 49 Days, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, U.S.

          Zhang Huan: East Wind, West Wind, Espace Louis Vuittion Macao, Macao

          Zhang Huan: Aura of Disappearance, Edouard Malinque Gallery, in Cooperation with The Pace

           Gallery, Hong Kong

           Zhang Huan: Ash Banquet, ProjectB Gallery, Milan, Italy

2010      Zhang Huan: Dawn of Time, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

          Zhang Huan: Dawn of Time, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

          Zhang Huan: Amituofo, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

         Zhang Huan: Ashman, PAC Museum, Milan, Italy

           Zhang Huan: Free Tiger Returns to Mountains, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China

            Zhang Huan: Hope Tunnel, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

            As Director and Set Designer, Semele, Opera, Poly Theatre, Beijing, China

           Zhang Huan: Out of the Ash, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2009       Neither Coming Nor Going, PaceWildenstein, New York, U.S.

As Director and Set Designer, Semele, Opera, Theatre Royal de La Monnaie | de Munt, Brussels, Belgium

           Zhang Huan, Zhu Gangqiang, White Cube, London, UK

         Zhang Huan: Memory Doors, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, Switzerland

          Zhang Huan, Rebirth, Project B Contemporary Art, Milano, Italy

2008      Zhang Huan: Blessings, Pace Wildenstein, New York, U.S.

          Zhang Huan: Altered States, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

          Zhang Huan, Paintings and Sculptures, Diehl + Gallery One, Moscow, Russia

           Zhang Huan, Works from the Collection Caspar H. Schubbe, DSV Group, Stuttgart, Germany

2007      Zhang Huan: Altered States, Asia Society, New York, U.S.

          Zhang Huan: Ash, Haunch of Venison, London, England

          Zhang Huan: Berlin Buddha, Haunch of Venison, Berlin, Germany

          Zhang Huan, PhotoEspana 2007, Madrid, Spain

          Zhang Huan-Drawings, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany

2006      Zhang Huan, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany

         Zhang Huan, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia

2005      Zhang Huan: Seeds of Hamburg, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, U.S.

2004       Zhang Huan: Seeds of Hamburg, Norton Museum of Art, Florida, U.S.

           Zhang Huan, La Fabrica Galeria, Madrid, Spain

          Zhang Huan, Tri Postal, Lille 2004, Cultural Capital of Europe, Lille, France

2003      Zhang Huan, Bochum Museum, Bochum, Germany

          Zhang Huan, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany

          Zhang Huan, Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

New Zone, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsow, Poland2002Zhang Huan, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

2001      Zhang Huan, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, U.S.

          Zhang Huan, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

          Zhang Huan, Museo das Peregrinacions, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

           Zhang Huan: Famliy Tree, Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris, France

2000      My America, Deitch Projects, New York, U.S.

          Zhang Huan Survey, Adam Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

          Zhang Huan, Cotthem Gallery, Belgium

           Zhang Huan, Cotthem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

1999       Zhang Huan, Works From 1994-1998, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, U.S.

          Zhang Huan: Performance on Video, Artspace, Sydney, Australia

          Zhang Huan: Performance, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

1993      Graduate Show, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China

1988       Zhang Huan, He Nan University, Kai Feng, China


Selected Group Exhibitions


2013       Disaster, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, Texas, U.S.

          The Collector's Show: Weight of History, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

          China, China, Pinchut Art Center, Kyiv, Ukraine

Culture . Mind . Becoming, Collateral Event of Chinese Art at the 55th Venice Art Biennale 2013, Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy

            The Red Queen, The Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Australia

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, U.S.

2012      Superbodies, 2012 Hasselt, Hasselt, Belgium

Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, U.S.

           Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong

           Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

          Visible/Invisible, Italy Pavilion, Shanghai, China

           Sculpture at Pilane 2012, Tjorn, Sweden

           Art Festival Watou 2012, Watou, Belgium

          Omen 2012-Chinese New Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

           Electric Fields - Surrealism and Beyond, The Collection from Centre Pompidou

2011      Skin, The Foundation of Claude Verdan, Museum of Science and Art, Lausanne, Switzerland

          About Identity, Art Stations Foundation by Grazyna Kulczyk, Poznan, Poland

          The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy

          Living, The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

          Glasstress 2011, Venice, Italy

           Big Brother, Artists Facing Tyrants, Palais des Arts, Dinard, France

2011       Haein Art Project, Haeinsa, Hapcheon, Korea

2010      Hope! The City of Dinard, Dinard, France

Art for The World, The Sculpture Project of The Expo Boulevard, World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China

Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S.

          Arts and Cities, Aichi Triennale 2010, Aichi, Japan

           The Silk Road, From Saatchi Gallery, Tri Postal, Lille, France

           Photography from The New China, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, U.S.

           The Tiger in Asian Art, Asia House, London, UK

           Negotiations, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

           The Naked Face: Self Portrait, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

          Rehearsal, 2010 Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China

2009      The Buhl Collection: Speaking with Hands, Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

            Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The

          University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

          Steel Life, La Triennale di Milano, Milano, Italy

          Yi Pai-Century Thinking, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

             The Social Critique 1993-2005, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden

            Re_View: 170 Years of Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

          Beg Borrow and Steal, The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, U.S.

           100 Years, A Draft of a History, PS1 Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, U.S.

2008      Avant-garde China, Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

           Half-Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Collection of Kent and Vicki Logan,

          San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, U.S.

          Person of the Crowd, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, U.S.

           China Gold, Contemporary Chinese Art, Museum of Maillol, Paris, France

          Sculpture at Pilane 2008, Tjorn, Sweden

            Position and Deposition: Franko B/Zhang Huan, Galleria Pack, Milano, Italy

          Origins, Hudson Valley Center, New York, U.S.

          Encounters, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China

          Christian Dior & Chinese Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

           Meat After Meat Joy, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York, U.S.

          Meat After Meat Joy, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, U.S.

2007      Water, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

           Exposed: Defining Moments in Photograph from the MCA Collection, Museum of

          Contemporary Art, Chicago, U.S.

ZHUYI! CHINA. Contemporary Photography from China, Artium of Alava, Center Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain

Made in China, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

           Timer.01, Intimacy, Triennale Bovisa 2007, Milan, Italy

           Voiceless: I Feel Therefore I Am, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia

Red Hot: Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.

The Quiet Gesture, Recent Chinese Art, The Newark Museum, Newark, U.S.

Contemporary Combustion: Chinese Artists in America, The New Britian Museum of American Art, New Britian, U.S.

An Instinctive Eye: A Selection of Contemporary Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine

Grey Water, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

All for Art! Great Collections Among Us, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec, Canada

Photographies, New Acquisition 2003-2007, Center Pompidou, Paris, France

           Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art , New York , U.S.

2006       Shoot the Family, Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan, U.S.

           Making a Scene, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

          Reverence, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York, U.S.

          Fever Variations, The 6th Gwangju Biennale 2006, Gwangju, Korea

          Radar - Selection from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, U.S.

           Drawing as Process in Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago,  Chicago, U.S.

2005      The Museum Collections, New Presentation of Art Works from 1960 to the Present Day, Center

          Pompidou, Paris, France

          Mahjong, Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern,


         Locus Loppem 2005, Kunsthalle Lophem, Lophem, Belgium

Between Skin and Orgasm--The Alchemistic Body, Kunsthalle Lophem, Center for Contemporary Art, Lophem, Belgium

           Monuments for the USA, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, U.S.

          The Great Beyond, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Swizerland

           Text Me: An Exploration of Body Language, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia

           On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor

           Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, U.S.

            Person of the Crowd, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, U.S.

           Future Face, National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan

           The Wall, Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art, The China Millennium Monument Art Gallery,

          Beijing, China

           The Pictures of Dorian Gray, Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico

          Fusion: Aspects of Asian Culture in the MUSAC Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art,

           Leon, Spain

2004       Witness, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

          Regeneration, Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell

University, Lewisburg, U.S.

Face/off, The Association of Arts and Crafts Pforzheim, Pforzheim, Germany

           Dialogue with Pop, The Tank, Spaceworks Gallery, New York, U.S.

The Art Project Goetzen, Houses of an Idol, Frankfurt (Oder)/Slubice, Germany/Poland

The Amazing and the Immutable, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, U.S.

Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, U.S.

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, International Center of

Photography, New York, NY and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, U.S.

Me, Myself & I, University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, U.S.

Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, U.S.

Queens International 2004, Queens Museum of Art, New York, U.S.

Camera/Action: Performance and Photography, The Museum of Contemporary Photography,

Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, U.S.

Constructed Identities, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, U.S.

Anthro/Socio, The: Artist: Network, New York, U.S.

2003       Me and More, Museum of Art Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

           Somewhere Better Than This Place, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, U.S.

           2003 Beaufort, Triennial for Contemporary Art by the Sea, The PMMK, the Museum of Modern

           Art, Ostend, Belgium

           Art Project, DiverseWorks Artspace, Houston, U.S.

          Temporal Mood, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, U.S.

          Rituals, Academy of Arts, Berlin, Germany

          Family Ties, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, U.S.

           Body Politics, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, U.S.

           Windstil, Cotthem Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Banquet, Metabolism and Communication, ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

           Photo Espana 2003, International Photography Festival, Madrid, Spain

          Phantom of Desire: Visions of Masochism in Art, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria

           Me and More, Museum of Art Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

          Come Rally, Basque Museum of Contemporary Art (Artium), Vitoria, Spain

Skin Deep, The Trento and Rovereto Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rovereto, Italy

           Performance and Almost Performance, Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid, Spain

          BQE, White Box, New York, U.S.

          Blood Lines & Connections, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, U.S.

Full Frontal: Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, U.S.

           Spiders and Flies, Newcontemporaries, Sydney, Australia

2002      Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York, U.S.

          Skin Talks, Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada

          Attachment+, Kunsthalle Lophem, Center for Contemporary Art, Belgium

          China Contemporary Art Exhibition--Red Continent, Gwangju Art Museum, Gwangju, Korea

          Paisajes del Cuerpo, Sala Zapateria 40, Pamplona, Spain

           La Mirada Ajena, Basque Museum of Contemporary Art(Artium), Vitoria, Spain

          SAM Collects, Contemporary Art Projects, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, U.S.

The Gift, Generous Offerings, Threatening Hospitality, The Bronx Museum of Art, New York, U.S.

Subjectivity: Photographs of Themselves, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, U.S.

2001       The Gift, Center of Contemporary Art, Siena, Italy

          Yokohama 2001: International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Pacific Yokohama, Japan

           Translated Acts, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, and Queens Museum of Art,

          New York, U.S.

          Subject Plural: Crowds in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, U.S.

           Metamorphosis and Cloning, Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Canada

           Naked, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, U.S.

          Lateral Thinking, Art of the 1990s, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, U.S.

2000                  Art and Religion, Parkabdij Heverlee, Belgium (Organized by Museum S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium)

On the Edge of the Western World, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts,San Francisco, U.S.

Emotional Rescue: The Contemporary Art Project Collection, Center on Contemporary Art,

Seattle, U.S.

Utopia, Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway

Betreff, Expo 2000, Themenpark, Basic Needs, Hannover, Germany

Waterfront--Cultural Bridge 2000, Helsingborg Museum, Sweden and Denmark

Sharing Exoticisms, 5th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France

The Standard Projection: 24/7, The Standard Hotel, Los Angeles, U.S.

Video via Venice, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, U.S.

Socialisms, Special Exhibition / Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden

6 Signals: Video by Contemporary Artists, Cheekwood, Nashville, U.S.

Potent /Present: Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection, CCAC Institute, Oakland,


1999       Contemporary Collectors, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, U.S.

The Century of the Body: Photoworks 1900-2000, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal and Musée de

l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

           Last Paradise, Presenca Galeria, Portugal

            Self-Portrait, Mercer Union, Centre for Contemporaty Art, Toronto, Canada

            Five Continents and a City: Second International Salon of Painting, Museum of Mexico City,

           Mexico City, Mexico

          Best of the Season, Aldrich Museum of Contemporaty Art, Rigefield, U.S.

          Stories, A/C Projects, New York, U.S.

          Summit, Galerie 5020, Salzburg, Austria

          Art-Worlds in Dialogue, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

          Risk Cinema, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S.

           Zhang Huan: A Video Survey 1994-1998; Performance Art from China, Govett-Brewster Art

          Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

           48th La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

            The Kent and Vicki Logan Collection, San Francisco, U.S.

            Contemporary Collectors, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, U.S.

           Transience: Chinese Art at the End of the Twentieth Century, The Smart Museum of Art,

          Chicago, U.S.

          In Your Face, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA1998Inside Out: New Chinese Art, Asia

Society, New York, NY, PS 1 Museum of Contemporary Art, Long Island City, U.S. ; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, U.S.

In Your Face, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA1997Chinese Contemporary Art 1997,

Watari Museum, Tokyo, Japan

1996      China Art Festival, Munich, Germany

          Art Material of China, Avant Garde, Fukuoka, Tokyo, Japan

1995      Configura 2, Erfurt, Germany




2011       Zhang Huan: East Wind, West Wind, Published by Espace Louis Vuitton Macao (Cover

          Image), Macao (Exhibition Catalogue)

           Zhao, William. Performing for Asceticism, Modern Weekly, No. 643, Apr. 16, 2011, China

          Parrino, Manuela. "Zhang Huan," L' Uomo Vogue, No. 421 (Cover Image), May/June. 2011,

          pp. 188-191, Italy

Finger, Brad. 50 Contemporary Artists You Should Know, Published by Prestel, pp. 104-107,


2010       Zhang Huan: Dawn of Time, Published by Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House

(Cover Image), ISBN: 978-7-5321-3742-8, China (Exhibition Catalogue)

Zhang Huan: Amituofo, Published by Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (Cover Image),

           ISBN: 978-986-85294-4-1, Taiwan (Exhibition Catalogue)

           Finkel, Jori. In Grand Form, Los Angeles Time, Calendar, May 14, 2010

           Jacobs, Andrew. Lustful Opera, Censored, Befuddles Chinese, The New York Times, Asia

           Pacific, Oct. 26, 2010

            Zhang Huan, 100 Masterpieces of Photography, Published by Centre Pompidou, P. 99,

            France 2009Zhang Huan, Published by Phaidon Press (Cover Image), ISBN: 978-0-7148-

           4924-9, UK

           Robertson, Jean. Themes of Contemporary Art, Oxford University Press, P. 107

          Baecker, Angie. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Art Asia Pacific, Issue 66, Nov/Dec.

           2009, pp. 88-97

2007       China Art Book. Uta Grosenick / Caspar Schübbe (Ed.), 680 pages, approx. 850 images, trilingual: Engl./Ger./Chin., Dumont Buchverlag, Cologne 2007.

2006       Shooting the Family, Independent Curators International (cat.), Ralph Rugoff

2005       Art Today, Brandon Taylor

2004       Zhang Huan, Weihong and Zhang Jian-Jun at DiverseWorks and Barbara Davis, Art in

         America, No. 2, Richard Vine


Public Collections


FAIF Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Asia Museum of Fukuoka, Japan

The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

The Pompidou Center, Paris, France

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA






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