Artworks by Zhang Huan

Hehe Xiexie by Zhang Huan

left: 100 x 70 x 63 cm
right: 100 x 71 x 65 cm
Stainless Steel

Q Confucius by Zhang Huan

380 x 980 x 660 cm
Silicon, Steel, Carbon Fiber & Acrylic

Family Tree by Zhang Huan

159.9 x 125.7 cm
C-Print Photography
A set of nine prints

Long Island Buddha by Zhang Huan

172 x 227 x 177 cm
Copper & Steel

12 Square Meters by Zhang Huan

152.4 x 102.6 cm
C-Print Photography

Confucius by Zhang Huan

172 x 94 x 80 cm

Zhang Huan


Zhang Huan (b. 1965, Anyang, Henan, China) is one of the most vital, influential and provocative contemporary artists working today. The layers of ideas the artist explored in his early performance art, conceived of as existential explorations and social commentaries, have carried through to the more traditional studio practice he embraced upon moving to Shanghai in 2005, after living and working for eight years in New York City.

Zhang Huan was among the first artists in China who turned to performance art at the beginning of the nineties turned to performance art. Although its underground-based protagonists were rarely permitted to appear publicly in Beijing, the “Beijing East Village” artist colony drew the attention of the Western world amazingly fast. Since the middle of the nineties, Huan’s works could be viewed in Europe, Japan and the U.S., at first chiefly on video or via photographs. In 1998 he showed his first performance to a larger public in New York, where he currently lives and works as an artist. At the centre of Huan´s early works were psychological and physical extreme situations to which he submitted his naked body. For his formally stringent work To Raise the Water Level in a Fish Pond, Huan had a group of farm workers climb into a fish pond near Beijing in 1997, thus creating an image representing the drift to the cities, the flooding of cities with vast numbers of people, and the assimilation of individuals in an underprivileged mass without vote. Here, he used choreography for the first time in his work. On the whole, theatrical concepts and narrative structures have started to play a larger role in Huan´s work since the end of the nineties.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2015 Zhang Huan: Let There Be Light, Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Zhang Huan: Sydney Buddha, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia
As Director and Set Designer, Semele, Opera, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), New York, USA
Zhang Huan: My Temple, Art Project Salzburg, Krauthuegel, Salzburg, Austria
2014 Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition, Storm King Art Center, New York, USA
Zhang Huan: Spring Poppy Fields, Pace Gallery, London, UK
Zhang Huan, Pace Chesa Büsin, Zuoz, Switzerland
2013 Zhang Huan: Poppy Fields, Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Michigan, USA
Zhang Huan: Soul and Matter, Palazzo Vecchio and Forte di Belvedere, Florence, Italy
2012 Zhang Huan: Ash Paintings and Memory Doors, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
As Director and Set Designer, Semele, Opera, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 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, 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
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
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
Selected Group Exhibition
2016 Bentu: A Selection of Chinese Artists in A Time of Turbulence and Transformation, The Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection, Yokohama Art Museum, Yokohama, Japan
M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art, ArtisTree, Hong Kong, China
2015 Contemporary Chinese Photography, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA
Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Collection, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
The Wondrous All: Leading Edge of Eastern Thought, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Myth/History II: Shanghai Galaxy, YUZ Museum Shanghai, Shanghai, China
CHINA 8-Contemporary Art from China on the Rhine and Ruhr, Duisburg, Germany
2015 Biennale China-Italia, Mastiodellacittadella, Turin, Italy
28 Chinese, Rubell Family Collection, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
15 Rooms, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, Art West Bund, Shanghai, China
Conceal/Reveal: Making Meaning in Chinese Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
The Magic Power of Characters-3000 Years of Chinese Calligraphy, Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland
2014 Art Lovers, from Pinault Collection, Grimaldi Forum Monaco, Monaco
Utopian Days-Freedom, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Myth/History: YUZ Collection of Contemporary Art, YUZ Museum Shanghai, Shanghai, China
A History, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Collection De Heus-Zomer: Chinese Art, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Where is China? Museum of the Orient, Lisbon, Portugal; World Art Museum, China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
Secret Signs, Calligraphy in Chinese Contemporary Art, in Collaboration with the Sigg Collection and the M+, Hong Kong, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Typology, Taxonomy and Seriality: Photography from the Walther Collection, Espace Van Gogh, Arles, France
Special Project for the 20th Anniversary of Gwangju Biennale: Sweet Dew-Since 1980, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea
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, USA
The Collectors’ Show: Weight of History, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
China, China, Pinchuk 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, USA
Portrait of The Times: 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
28 Chinese, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
Three Perfections, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
BhAsia: Asia Occupies the City, Liberty Square, Belo Horizonte, Brasil
2012 Superbodies, 2012 Hasselt, Hasselt, Belgium
Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
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
Omen2012-Chinese New Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Electric Fields-Surrealism and Beyond, The Collection from Centre Pompidou, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
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
Buddha’s Trace-Contemporary Art from Asia, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany
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
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

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


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


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

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

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
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