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Zhang Xiaogang


Mar 21 – May 18, 2023
Hong Kong
Exhibition Details:

Zhang Xiaogang
Mar 21 – May 18, 2023


12/F, H Queen's
80 Queen's Road Central
Hong Kong


Press Release


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Above: Zhang Xiaogang, Light No. 5, 2022 © Zhang Xiaogang

Pace is pleased to present Zhang Xiaogang: Lost, an exhibition of works produced by Zhang Xiaogang over the past three years, at its Hong Kong gallery.

Coinciding with Zhang Xiaogang: Mayflies at the Long Museum West Bund, Pace’s exhibition in Hong Kong will spotlight eleven new and recent paintings related to the works on view at the Shanghai institution through May 7. Lost will run from March 21 to May 18, with an opening reception held at the gallery on March 20 from 6–8 p.m.

A hugely influential contemporary painter in China, Zhang depicts the absurd but intriguing inner experience of mortals, evoking the original impetus from one's own life consciousness. In the Light series on display in his exhibition with Pace in Hong Kong, the artist paints patches of light delicately. Zhang’s gentle, painterly touch in these meditative and tranquil works—which can be traced to the artist’s Big Family series from the 1990s—has gradually become the most recognizable feature of his practice. In a departure from the portraiture that established Zhang's fame, the artist’s new experimentations focus on still life painting. Oftentimes in Zhang’s work, inanimate objects seem to possess emotional depth, while his alienated human figures are almost devoid of life.

The exhibition will also include Jump No. 6 (2022), an oil painting on paper, and Jump No. 8 (2022), an oil painting on canvas. These works reflect the artist’s sensitivity and finesse in his approach to different mediums and materials. Jumping figures have been the subjects of Zhang’s works over the past few years. However, the dynamism implied by the titles of these paintings is upended by their content: human figures appear to be suspended in solidified air, impervious to gravity’s pull. This visual phenomenon might be understood in the context of the global pandemic’s effects on time and space. The artist intuits and absorbs his own experiences, creating works of both psychological and physical heft. Through the ancient technique of painting, he weaves the turbulence of contemporary life into the eternal predicament of the human soul in theatrical, absurdist scenes that might be interpreted as poetic fables of the present day.

Exhibition Film

Explore Lost with Zhang Xiaogang

In our new film, Zhang Xiaogang discusses his unique approach to representing light in his paintings.


Featured Works

Zhang Xiaogang, Light No. 9, 2022, oil on canvas, 120 cm × 150 cm (47-1/4" × 59-1/16")
Zhang Xiaogang, Light No. 10, 2022, oil on canvas, 120 cm × 150 cm (47-1/4" × 59-1/16")
Zhang Xiaogang, Three Major Pics- Colorcast, 2020, oil on paper with paper collage, 102 cm × 82 cm (40-3/16" × 32-5/16")
Zhang Xiaogang, The End of 2022, 2023, oil on paper with paper and magazine collage, 49.5 cm × 60 cm (19-1/2" × 23-5/8") , each

Installation Views

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About the Artist

Zhang Xiaogang graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in oil painting. He now lives and works in Beijing. Since the 90s, Zhang has expressed himself through styles of coldness and restraint and that of daydreams to articulate the collective psychological memory and emotions prominent in his times.

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