Zhang Huan è nato nel 1965 ad Anyang nella provincia dello Henan. Si è formato all’ Accademia di Belle Arti di Pechino studiando Pittura. Dopo un periodo trascorso a New York, dal 2005 vive e lavora a Shanghai. All’inizio della carriera, negli anni ’90 si è dedicato soprattutto alle performance: il principale mezzo espressivo è stato il suo corpo, molto spesso nudo, che l’artista ha anche sottoposto a condizioni estreme. Significativa l’esperienza di “12 m2” nel 1994 in cui, dopo essersi cosparso il corpo di miele e olio di pesce, rimase seduto in un bagno pubblico di Pechino, venendo in breve tempo ricoperto da insetti. Dal ritorno in Cina, Zhang Huan si è dedicato prevalentemente all’installazione, alla scultura e alla pittura, introducendo anche l’uso di un materiale divenuto per lui caratteristico: la cenere degli incensi dei templi buddisti di Shangai con cui realizza i suoi celebri ash-painting e ash-sculpture. Ha esposto nei principali musei del mondo tra cui Carriageworks di Sydney, Pace Gallery e Storm King Art Center a New York; le sue opere fanno parte di prestigiose collezioni sia pubbliche che private.

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1988

Zhang Huan, Henan University, Kaifeng

1993

Graduate Show, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing.

1995

Configura 2 — dialog der Kulturen, Erfart.

1996

China Art Festival, Miinchen.

Art Material of China, Avant Garde, Fukuoka e Tokyo.

1997

Chinese Contemporary Art 1997, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

1998

Inside Out: New Chinese Art, Asia Society, New York P.S.1 Long Island City, e The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.

In Your Face, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

1999

The Century of the Body: Photoworks 1900 ~ 2000, Culturgest, Lisboa, e Musée de LElysée, Lausanne.

Lost Paradise II, Galeria Presenga Porto.

Self-Portrait, Loans from the invisible museum, Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto.

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

Best of the Season: Contemporary Art from the 1998-99 Manhattan Exhibition Season Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield.

Stories, AC Institute , New YorkSummit, Galerie 5020, Salzburg.

Kunstwelten im Dialog.Von Gauguin zur globalen Gegenwart — Global Art Rheinland.

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

Zhang Huan: Performance on Video, Artspace, Sydney.

Zhang Huan: Performance, Artspace, Auckland.

2000

Art and Religion, Parkabdij Heverlee, Heverlee.

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

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

Utopia, Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger.

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

Waterfront ~ Cultural Bridge 2000, Helsingborg Museum.

Sharing Exoticisma, 5% Biennale de Lyon, Lyon.

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

Video via Venice, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Socialisma, Special Exhibition, Stockholm Art Fair, Stockholm.

6 Signals: Video by Contemporary Artists, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville.

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

Exposure Recent Acquisitions: The Doron Sebbag Art Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv.

My America, Deitch Projects, New York Zhang Huan Survey, Adam Gallery, Wellington.

Zhang Huan, Cotthem Gallery, Bruxelles.

Zhang Huan, Cotthem Gallery, Barcelona.

2001

Yokohama 2001: International Triennale of Contemporary Art , Yokohama.

Translated Acts, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, e Queens Museum of Art, New York.

Ildono/The gift.Offerta, ospitalità, insidia/ Generous Offerings Threatening Hospitality.Palazzo delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea Siena.

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

Metamorphosis and Cloning, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal.

Naked, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh.

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

Zhang Huan, Luhring Augustine Gallery New York.

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

Zhang Huan, Museo das Peregrinacións Santiago de Compostela.

Zhang Huan: Family Tree, Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris.

2002

SAM Collects ContemporaryArtProyects, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle.

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

Subjectivity: Photography of Themselves, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe.

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Skin Talks, Musée de la Civilisation, Quebec.

Attachment+, Kunsthalle Lophem, Loppem.

China Contemporary Art Exhibition — Red Continent, Gwangju Art Museum, Gwangju.

Paisajes del Cuerpo, Sala Zapateria 40, Pamplona.

La Mirada Ajena, Artium, Vitoria.

Zhang Huan, Kunstverein in Hamburg

Hamburg.

2003

Supernova: Art of the 19904 from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.

Somewhere Better Than This Place, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati.

2005 Beaufort:kunst aan zee ,, PMMK, Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende.

Art Project, DiverseWorks Artspace, Houston.

Temporal Mood, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston.

Zhang Huan, Zhang Jianjun, Wethong: In Houston, DiverseWorks ArtSpace, Houston.

Rituals, Akademie der Kiinste, Berlin.

Family Ties, International contemporary artist interpret family, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts.

Body Politics, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York Winostill, Cotthem Gallery, Bruxelles.

Banquet.Metabolism and Communication, ZKM, Zentrum fiir Kunst und Media, Karlsruhe.

PhotoEspaña 2003, Festival internacional de fotografía y artes visuales, Madrid.

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

Me e More, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern.

Come Rally, Artium, Vitoria.

Skin Deep, MART, Rovereto.

Performance and Almost Performance, Museo Nacional Centro de arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.

BQE, White Box Gallery, New York.

Blood: Lines e Connections, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.

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

Spiders and Flies, New contemporaries, Sydney.

New Zone, Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki National Gallery of Art, Warsaw.

Zhang Huan, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum.

Zhang Huan, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin.

Zhang Huan, Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen.

2004

+ Witness, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

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

Faceloff, Mediale Kérperphantasien Kunstverein e.V.Pforzheim, Pforzheim.

Dialogue with Pop ~ The Tank, Spaceworks Gallery, New York.

The Art Project Goetzen, Houses of an Idol, Frankfurt/Slubice.

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

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, International Center of Photography, New York, e Smart Museum of Art, Chicago.

Me, Myself e I, Florida Atlantic University, Schmidt Center Gallery, Boca Raton.

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

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

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

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

Inward Gazes: Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art, Macau Museum of Art, Macau.

Zhang Huan: Seeds of Hamburg, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach.

Zhang Huan, La Fabrica Galeria, Madrid.

Zhang Huan, Tri Postal, Lille 2004 — Capitale europea della cultura, Lille.

2005

Collections contemporaines du Centre Pompidou Des années 1960 à nos jours, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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

Locus Loppem 2005, Kunsthalle Lophem, Loppem.

Between Skin and Orgasm ~ The Alchemistic Body, Kunsthalle Lophem, Loppem.

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

hoch hinaus — Contemporary Artistic Positions on the Theme of the Mountain, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun.

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

On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University Stanford.

Person of the Crowd, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore.

Future Face, National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung.

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

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

FUSION: Aspectos de la cultura asiática en la Colección MUSAC, Museo de arte contemporáneo de Castilla y León León.

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

2006

China: Zwischen Vergangenheit und Zukunft, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Shoot the Family, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills.

Making a Scene, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa.

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

Fever Variations, 6* Biennale di Gwangju, Gwangju.

Radar:Selection from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan , Denver Art Museum, Denver.

Chi ha paura della Cina?, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare.

Banquet — A Feast for the Senses, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.

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

Zhang Huan, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin.

Zhang Huan, Sherman Galleries, Sydney.

Zhang Huan, The Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London.

Zhang Huan: Selected Works, 1995-2006, Max Lang Gallery, New York.

2007

MCA EXPOSED: Defining Moments in Photography, 1967-2007 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

ZHU YT! Fotografía actual en China Artium, Vitoria.

Made in China: work from the Estella Collection, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen.

Water in Art ano Life, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Timer OI, Intimità/Intimacy, Triennale Bovisa 2007, Milano.

Voiceless: I feel therefore Iam, Sherman Galleries, Sydney.

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

The Quiet Gesture: Recent Chinese Art, The Newark Museum, Newark.

Contemporary Combustion: Chinese Artists in America, The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

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

Grey Water, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

All for Art! Great Collectors share their works, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal.

Photographies, Nouvelles Acquisitions 2005~2007, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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

PhotoEspaña 2007, Madrid.

Zhang Huan: Altered States, Asia Society, New York.

Zhang Huan: Ash, Haunch of Venison, London.

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

Zhang Huan, PhotoEspaña 2007, Madrid.

Zhang Huan: Drawings, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin.

Zhang Huan: Three legged Buddha,

Royal Academy of Arts, Annenberg Courtyard, London.

Zhang Huan: Drawings, AMT Gallery, Milano.

Zhang Huan: My Rome, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Trieste.

2008

Body Language: Contemporary Chinese Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Half-Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.

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

Avant-garde China, Tiventy Years of Chinese Contemporary 1192676500 Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo.

Cina Gold, Musée Maillol, Paris.

Sculpture at Pilane 2008, Tjórn.

Posizione e Disposizione: Franko B/Zhang Huan, Galleria Pack, Milano.

Origins, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York.

Encounters, Pace Gallery, Beijing.

Christian Dior e? Chinese Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.

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

Meat After Meat Joy, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge.

Zhang Huan: Blessings, PaceWildenstein, New York.

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

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

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

Zhang Huan - Unique Woooeuts, Pace Prints, New York.

2009

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

Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Steel Life, La Triennale di Milano, Milano.

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

Photography Now, China, Japan, Korea, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.

The Social Critique: 1995-2005, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar.

Re_view: 170 Years of Photography, 1192676494 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

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

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

Direttore artistico per l’opera, Semele, Opera, Theatre Royal de La Monnaie | de Munt, Bruxelles.

Netther Coming Nor Going, PaceWildenstein, New York.

Zhang Huan: Zhu Ganggiang, White Cube, London.

Zhang Huan: Memory Doors, Haunch of Venison, Ziirich.

Zhang Huan: Rebirth, ProjectB Contemporary Art, Milano.

Zhang Huan: Three legged Buddha, La Monnaie, Bruxelles.

2010

Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video! Performance, Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Arts and Cities, Aichi Triennale 2010, Aichi.

The Silk Road, Saatchi Gallery, Tri Postal, Lille.

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

The Tiger in Asian Art, Asia House, London.

Negotiations, Today Art Museum, Beijing.

The Nakeo Face: Self-Portrait, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Rehearsal, 8° Biennale di Shanghai, Shanghai.

Shanghai - San Francisco Sister City 50 h Anniversary Celebration, Joseph L.Alioto Performing Arts Piazza, San Francisco.

Contemplating the Votd: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R.

Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Hope! Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard.

Art for The World, The Sculpture Project of The Expo Boulevard, Esposizione Universale 2010, Shanghai.

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

Zhang Huan: Head from Buddha Foot, Sculpture Garden, 590 Madison Avenue, New York.

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

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

Zhang Huan: Ashman, PAC, Milano.

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

Zhang Huan: Hope Tunnel, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. Direttore artistico per l’opera, Semele, Poly Theatre, Beijing.

2011

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

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

The World Belongs to You, Francois Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi, Venezia.

Living, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen.

Glasstress 2011, Venezia.

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

2011 Haein Art Project, Haeinsa, Hapcheon.

Bud0has Trace - Contemporary Art from Asta, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum.

Human Nature, Contemporary Art from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum.

MOSTRE COLLETTIVE of Art, Los Angeles.

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

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

Zhang Huan: East Wind, West Wind, Espace Louis Vuitton Macau.

Zhang Huan: Aura of Disappearance, Edouard Malingue Gallery, in cooperazione con The Pace Gallery, Hong Kong.

Zhang Huan: Ash Banquet, ProjectB Gallery, Milano.

2012

SuperBodies, 2012 Hasselt, Hasselt.

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

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

Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai.

Visible/Invisible, Padiglione Italia, Shanghai.

Sculpture at Pilane 2012, Tjórn.

Art Festival Watou 2012, Watou.

Omen2012 - Chinese New Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai.

Electric Fields: Surrealism and Beyond- The la collection du Centre Pompidou, Power Station of Art, Shanghai.

Zhang Huan: Ash Paintings and Memory Doors, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Direttore artistico, Semele, Opera, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto.

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

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

2013

Disaster, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris.

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

The Collectors” Show: Weight of History, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

China, China, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev.

Culture.Mind.Becoming, Evento collaterale alla 55° Biennale d’arte di Venezia 2013, Palazzo Mora, Venezia.

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

Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids.

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