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
This January, Carriageworks, in association with Sydney Festival, will present Zhang Huan: Sydney Buddha. Featuring two large-scale sculptures of Buddha that face one another, the exhibition will be the largest installation ever created for Australia by the renowned Chinese artist. One Buddha is created from aluminum and acts as a mold to form the second Buddha, which is created from 20 tons of ash collected from Buddhist temples in Shanghai, Jiangsu Province, and the Zhanjiang Province of
Pace Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the second edition of the ART 021 Contemporary Art Fair in Shanghai from November 12 to 16, 2014. Pace will present more than thirty works by a diverse group of international artists at booth 2-02. Pace’s presentation at Art 021 will include a selection of artists whose work employs quotidian materials and images. Yin Xiuzhen and Tara Donovan incorporate commonplace items such as recycled clothing in the case of the former and pins, Myla
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
This summer, Les Recontres d’Arles, the celebrated, annual photography festival in Arles, France, features works by Vik Muniz and Zhang Huan. Vik Muniz’s Album and Postcards From Nowhere series is presented at the Trinitarian Church (Église des Trinitaires, Rue de la République, Arles, 13 104). Meanwhile, Zhang Huan's works, currently exhibited at Pace Chesa Büsin, are included in the Arthur Walther’s collection, as part of the exhibition. The festival remains on view until 21 September. More
Following the success of Carte Blanche, the inaugural exhibition presented at the project space Chesa Büsin, in Zuoz, Switzerland, Pace is delighted to present a retrospective of Zhang Huan’s œuvre from 14 July to 31 August 2014. Zhang Huan is one of the most influential and provocative contemporary artists working today. Spanning the artist’s twenty-year career, the exhibition will feature some of the artist’s most iconic works and emphasize Zhang Huan’s ability to move fluidly between pe
Pace is pleased to announce that Zhang Huan has been awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government. The award, which is the highest Medal of Honor in France, recognizes Zhang’s outstanding work in promoting cultural and artistic exchange between France and China and his contributions to the arts.
Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition, a solo exhibition of the Chinese artist’s monumental sculptures and preparatory drawings, is on view at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York, through November 9. The exhibition, which includes site-specific works installed both outdoors and indoors, addresses the artist's engagement with Buddhist philosophy and rituals. The exhibition is organized by David R. Collens, Director and Curator, Storm King Art Center; Melissa Chiu, Director, Asia Society Muse
Pace London is proud to present Spring Poppy Fields, an exhibition of new works by the Chinese artist Zhang Huan from 25 April to 31 May 2014 at 6 Burlington Gardens. Zhang Huan is one of the most vital, influential and provocative contemporary artists working today. Having explored the full spectrum of media, from performance to photography, installation, sculpture and painting, Zhang Huan’s Spring Poppy Fields oil paintings is the subject of his first exhibition at Pace London. Join a one-ho
Portraits by Chuck Close and Zhang Huan of designer, muse, collector and icon Diane von Furstenberg are now on view in a Los Angeles retrospective of DVF fashion. The exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic wrap dress and follows Pace Beijing's presentation of Diane von Furstenburg: Journey of a Dress three years ago. Read more from W Magazine here. For more details about the exhibition, click here.
Pace London and Phaidon Press will celebrate the launch of the Chinese Art Book at a private reception at Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens where Li Songsong’s exhibition We Have Betrayed the Revolution is currently on view - until 9th November. The Chinese Art Book is a beautiful, authoritative overview of Chinese art. It presents a definitive selection of 300 works, from the earliest dynasties to the new generation of contemporary artists enlivening the global art world today. From painting,
Pace is delighted to announce its participation in the 2013 edition of Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC), taking place at Paris’s Grand Palais from October 24 – 27, 2013. Featuring French artists Jean Dubuffet and Loris Gréaud alongside recent works by leading American, Asian, and European artists, the gallery’s stand (0.A44) will include photographs, works on paper, paintings, and sculpture.
Pace is pleased to announce its participation in Frieze, taking place at Regent’s Park, in London, UK from 17 – 20 October 2013. The gallery’s stand (G8) will include a selection of paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, video, and multimedia works spanning over 50 years from the 1950s to the present. Pace presentation will feature a selection of works by Lucas Arruda, Yto Barrada, Alexander Calder, Brian Clarke, Chuck Close, George Condo, Keith Coventry, Jim Dine, James Franco,
Pace is pleased to announce its inaugural participation in ArtInternational Istanbul, taking place at Halic Congress Center, from 16–18 September 2013. The gallery’s booth D2 will include a selection of paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, installations, video, and multimedia works spanning from the 1980s to the present.
Two historic sites will host a major exhibition by Chinese artist Zhang Huan this summer. Forte di Bevledere will present its inaugural exhibition, Zhang Huan: L'Anima e la Materia (Soul and Matter), a show which extends through Florence to the Palazzo Vecchio. The Fort, originally constructed in the sixteenth century by Grand Duke Ferdinand I de' Medici, will reopen to the public on July 8 after a five-year restoration. This is the artist's first solo exhibition in Italy since 2007 and hi
Pace is pleased to announce its inaugural participation in SP-Arte, taking place at the Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, in São Paulo from 4 – 7 April 2013. The gallery’s booth (G2) will include Joel, a large-scale oil-on-canvas portrait of American sculptor Joel Shapiro by Chuck Close; an elegant sculpture by Alexander Calder; a stained glass sculpture homage to the legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer by Brian Clarke; and a painting by Mark Rothko. The gallery is proud to feature work
Pace is delighted to announce its participation in Art Dubai, held from 20 to 23 March. Highlights of Pace’s booth (J14) will include Les Trois Pics, a monumental black stabile by Alexander Calder; three of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Dioramas; and a wood sculpture by American artist Maya Lin. Pace will also show works by Yto Barrada, Brian Clarke, Keith Coventry, Tara Donovan, Kevin Francis Gray, Robert Irwin, Maya Lin, Yoshitomo Nara, Michal Rovner, Lucas Samaras, Bosco Sodi, Hiroshi Sugimoto, James
Zhang Huan’s Rising, a 22-ton, multi-million dollar stainless steel sculpture, will be unveiled Saturday, May 5 at the Living Shangri-La building in downtown Toronto. The unveiling coincides with the opening of Zhang Huan: Ash Paintings and Memory Doors at the Art Gallery of Ontario (on view through August 19) and The Canadian Opera Company’s production of Semele, opening May 9.
Chinese international art star Zhang Huan sounds wistful when he says in an interview, "It is my dream for my art to be accessible to all. But reality is cruel." Every day, the 46-year-old Mr. Zhang and more than 100 assistants keep busy on increasingly ambitious projects: from creating paintings and sculptures from incense ash, to fabricating giant metal statues, to planning multiple public events and installations. He's among a handful of the most recognized Chinese artists. Most of them, "lik
The Pace Gallery stand, featuring works by Zhang Huan 1. THE PACE GALLERY (NEW YORK, LONDON, & BEIJING) Pace's booth finds a perfect equilibrium between the open and the closed, the light and the dark, the settled and the moving. Zhang Huan's heads are a mind-bending welcome, strewn across a mossy landscape and sending shadows onto the outer walls of the booth. Inside, Michal Rovner's projections of walking and jumping figures on stone slabs and bowls relay the continued wanderlust and que
Is the live hermit crab inhabiting a shiny replica of Brancusi’s sculpture “Sleeping Muse” in Pierre Huyghe’s aquarium project “Recollection” an artist overwhelmed by history or a dealer imprisoned in the golden cage of Frieze Art Fair? At Foksal Gallery, is Pawel Althamer’s dejected skeletal goat, mourning one lost trainer in the pose of Rodin’s “Thinker”, a collector who has missed the boat – specifically the yacht that prankster Christian Jankowski is trying to sell for €80m as an artwork? A
Two New York area parks have recently installed colossal sculptures by prominent artists. It's all part of an uptick in public sculpture commissions in the last decade due to the once-roaring real estate and art markets, but also to memorial commissions related to 9/11. On West End Avenue and 42nd Street, real estate developer Larry Silverstein has installed Tom Otterness' giant Gulliver of a jungle gym, Playground, and opened it to the public. With legs for slides, seats in the hands and a hidi
MOUNTAINVILLE, N.Y.—The Storm King Art Center has owned one Buddha figure for a number of years, a small bronze sculpture that sits on one of its green hills, watching a blank television in Nam June Paik’s 1992 Waiting for UFO installation. However, it can now claim another, after announcing that work has been completed on the latest addition to the park, Zhang Huan’s 2007 Three-Legged Buddha, a 28-foot-tall steel-and-copper piece that weighs 12 tons. The sculpture, which depicts three gigantic
A month ago, Shanghai artist Zhang Huan installed his colossal sculpture "Three Heads Six Arms" (2008) at Civic Center Plaza. It will remain for a year. The sculpture immediately began to attract tourists and others with cameras ... and bizarre interpretations. Viewed with City Hall as a backdrop, the sculpture might evoke government as a fallen leviathan. With such a possibility in mind, and awareness of Zhang's residence in post-Mao China, people might think of the vandalized ruins of iconic s
NEW YORK— Keeping up with today’s art world can be a frustratingly tantalizing affair, compelling one to read about wonderful shows in far-flung places like Turin, Mexico City, and islands off the coast of Japan while being marooned at home. Helping assuage that problem somewhat, the Pace Gallery has unveiled two new iPhone apps, letting people explore Conrad Shawcross's current installation in Midtown Manhattan and Zhang Huan's massive sculpture at Art Basel's Art Unlimited section (debuting nex
Currently on view at the Pace Gallery in Beijing is an exhibition of recent works by Zhang Huan. Most renowned for his performance artwork, in recent years he has returned to working in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, and large-scale installations. “Free Tiger Returns to the Mountains” includes ash paintings (works made of a mixture of ashes collected from temples and adhesive) and cowhide sculptures. The paintings were created from his imagination instead using a photographi
The last time that the Chinese art star Zhang Huan made a public appearance here, just over a decade ago, he was lying face down on an uprooted tree, naked, covered with dog food. A pack of nine dogs, invited to participate in his performance, fought for the chance to lick it off. One bit the artist. This week, Zhang flew into town from Shanghai for the dedication ceremony for "Three Heads, Six Arms": a 15-ton, two-story tall sculpture, considered the artist's largest to date, which has been ins
Chinese artist Zhang Huan has never had any problem generating ideas for enormous works of art. Past shows at PaceWildenstein have displayed drawings of elaborate landscapes in huge piles of ash and constructed a 32-foot-long sleeping giant out of cowskin, steel, wood, and foam. For a new public-art project in San Francisco, though, the artist has dreamed an even larger and sturdier sculpture into existence. On May 12, the city will unveil his 2008 copper sculpture of Buddha, Three Heads Six Ar