Hero No. 1 by Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan, Hero No. 1, 2009, cowskin, steel, wood and polystyrene foam, 16' 15/16" x 32' 1-13/16" x 20' 11-15/16" (490 cm x 980 cm x 640 cm) © Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan 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.

Notable one-person exhibitions and installations include: Altered States (2007–08) at the Asia Society, New York; Three-Legged Buddha, Royal Academy of Arts, Annenberg Courtyard, London (2007–08); Dawn of Time, Shanghai Art Museum (2010); Hope Tunnel, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2010), Soul and Matter, Forte di Belvedere and Palazzo Vecchio (2013); Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, (2013); Evoking Tradition, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York (2014); and My Temple, erected in Krauthuegel, a city park in Saltzburg, Austria (2015). In 2018, MoMA PS1, New York, exhibited Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan.


Zhang Huan, Maneuver, 2007, ash on linen, 8' 2-3/8" x 5' 3" (250 cm x 160 cm) © Zhang Huan


Zhang Huan, Premature Poppy No. 15, 2010, oil on linen, 31-1/2" x 23-5/8" (80 cm x 60 cm) © Zhang Huan