On Thursday, 24 April, Pace London opened Zhang Huan's Spring Poppy Fields at 6 Burlington Gardens. The exhibition will remain open until 31 May 2014.
Starting March 4, the Zhang Huan-directed Semele performance will be presented at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. A 450-year-old Ming Dynasty temple shares the stage with an inflatable puppet, debaucherous monks, and sumo wrestlers in George Frideric Handel’s sublime opera, directed by Chinese visual artist Zhang Huan. Renowned for his provocative interrogations of Eastern culture, Zhang transforms the restored 17-ton temple into an altar, palace, crematory, and heaven to tell of the
Zhang Huan's painting, Spring Poppy Fields No. 31, will be on display in the China gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum from 24 September 2014 for a duration of two years. Employing an almost pointillist technique, Zhang Huan’s application of the thick pigment performs an optical illusion. From a distance, the canvas metamorphoses into a field of psychedelic colours; the pink, teal, lilac and cornflower blue palette appears to pulsate with energy. Upon closer inspection, the colours sep