Art, to many people, to me, is another kind of religion—art lovers, Christians, Buddhists—People need a feeling to save themselves, to ease suffering, to live lighter. When we enjoy great artwork, we get happiness which nothing else can replace. In Zen, when we learn and practice the sutra’s wisdom, we get Zen’s enjoyment. I appreciate art giving me a living way.

                                                                                —- An excerpt from the Interview By Mary Jane Jacob

                                                                                               Zhang Huan, Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art,

                                                                                                               University of California Press, 2004, USA

Zhang Huan’s works contain powerful, sometimes disturbing self-portraits. They record his body in extreme states: covered in a viscous attractant for a multitude of insects, bound and suspended by chains, locked in a small suffocating metal box, subjected to flying sparks, and lying on a bed of ice. Bodily discomfort and endurance are the artist’s chosen idiom.

                                                                        —- An excerpt from Zhang Huan: Altered States By Melissa Chiu

                                                                                        Published by Charta and Asia Society, 2007

Zhang Huan’s works are both highly personal and politicized, dealing with complex issues of identity, spiritualism, vulnerability, and transgression. His practice focuses on no one particular media but rather incorporates a wide variety of tactics—from performance to photography, installation, sculpture, and painting—utilizing each method for its physical and symbolic associations. This unique approach to making reinforces the interconnectivity of the concepts and recurrent motifs running throughout of Zhang’s work, and mirrors an underlying sentiment of shared human experience and bond.

                                                                                                                                  —-SAATCHI GALLERY

Skin 1997, Performance; Zhang Huan

Skin 1997, Performance; Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan is acclaimed as one of the foremost artist of the new wave from China. He made his BFA at the Henan University in Kaifeng in 1988 and his MFA at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1993. Based in Shanghai and New York, he is primarily a performance and installation artist and also he contributes a lot to photographs and sculptures. Zhang Huan’s performances usually involve his body in one way or another while his sculptures reflect his background in performance. Through quasi-religious ritual, he devotes to seek how the spiritual can manifest via the corporeal. Buddhism with temple music and philosophy pervades in Zhang Huan’s works.

Image courtesy and Article courtesy of Zhanghuan, for more information please visit Zhang Huan.com

Biography

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

Lives and Works in Shanghai and New York

Education

1993

MA, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

1988 BA, He Nan University, Kai Feng, China

Long Island Buddha 2011, Copper and Steel

Long Island Buddha 2011, Copper and Steel

Selected Solo Exhibition

2011

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

Zhang Huan: 49 Days, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA

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: 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

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

Neither Coming Nor Going, PaceWildenstein, New York, USA

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

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

Zhang Huan, Rebirth, ProjectB Contemporary Art, Milano, Italy

Three Heads Six Arms, 2008; Steel and Copper

Three Heads Six Arms, 2008; Steel and Copper

2008

Zhang Huan: Blessings, PaceWildenstein, New York, USA

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, USA

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

To Raise the Water Level in a Fishpond, 1997, Performance, Beijing, China

To Raise the Water Level in a Fishpond, 1997, Performance, Beijing, China

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, USA

2004

Zhang Huan: Seeds of Hamburg, Norton Museum of Art, Florida, USA

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, Danmark

2002

Zhang Huan, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

2001

Zhang Huan, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA

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, USA

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, USA

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

Zhang Huan: Performance, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

1988

Zhang Huan, He Nan University, Kai Feng, China

Hope Tunnel, 2010; copper, iron, steel, aluminium and wood

Hope Tunnel, 2010; copper, iron, steel, aluminium and wood

Selected Group Exhibition

2012 Superbodies, 2012 Hasselt, Hasselt, Belgium

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, USA

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, USA

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, USA

100 Years, A Draft of a History, PS1 Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA

 2008

Body Language: Chinese Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Half-Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Collection of Kent and Vicki Logan, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA

Person of the Crowd, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, USA

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

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, USA

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, USA

Meat After Meat Joy, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, USA

2007

Exposed: Defining Moments in Photograph from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

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

Water, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

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, USA

The Quiet Gesture, Recent Chinese Art, The Newark Museum, Newark, USA

Contemporary Combustion: Chinese Artists in America, The New Britian Museum of American Art, New Britian, USA

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 , USA

 2006

Shoot the Family, Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan, USA

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

Reverence, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York, USA

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

Radar – Selection from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA

Drawing as Process in Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

 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, Swizerland

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, USA

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, California, USA

Person of the Crowd, Contemporary Museum, Maryland, USA

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, Pennsylvania, USA

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

Dialogue with Pop, The Tank, Spaceworks Gallery, New York, USA

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, Florida, USA

Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, International Center of Photography, New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

Me, Myself & I, University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, Florida, USA

Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA

Queens International 2004, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA

Camera/Action: Performance and Photography, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, USA

Constructed Identities, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, USA

Anthro/Socio, The: Artist: Network, New York, USA

2003

Somewhere Better Than This Place, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA

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

Art Project, DiverseWorks Artspace, Houston, USA

Temporal Mood, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, USA

Rituals, Academy of Arts, Berlin, Germany

Family Ties, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA

Body Politics, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, USA

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, USA

Blood Lines & Connections, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA

Full Frontal: Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA

Spiders and Flies, Newcontemporaries, Sydney, Australia

New Zone, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsow, Poland

Family Tree, performance

Family Tree, performance

2002

2002 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York, USA

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, 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, USA

The Gift, Generous Offerings, Threatening Hospitality, The Bronx Museum of Art, New York, USA

Subjectivity: Photographs of Themselves, Arizona State University Art Museum, Arizona, USA

2001

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, USA

The Gift, Center of Contemporary Art, Siena, Italy

Subject Plural: Crowds in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Texas, USA

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

Naked, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, USA

Lateral Thinking, Art of the 1990s, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA

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, USA

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

Utopia, Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway

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

Waterfront–Cultural Bridge 2000, Helsingborg Museum, Sweden and Danmark

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

The Standard Projection: 24/7, The Standard Hotel, Los Angeles, USA

Video via Venice, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA

Socialisms, Special Exhibition / Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden

6 Signals: Video by Contemporary Artists, Cheekwood, Nashville, USA

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

Recent Acquisitions, The Doron Sebbag Art Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Isael

1999

The Century of the Body: Photoworks 1900-2000, Culturgest, Lisbon, and Musee de LElysee, lausanne, France

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, USA

Stories, A/C Projects, New York, USA

Summit, Galerie 5020, Salzburg, Austria

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

Risk Cinema, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

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, USA

Contemporary Collectors, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA

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

In Your Face, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, USA

1998

 Inside Out: New Chinese Art, Asia Society, New York, NY, PS 1 Museum of Contemporary Art, Long Island City, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA

In Your Face, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA

1997

Chinese 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

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

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