Nine Holes, 1995
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Edition of 15

artist profile

Zhang Huan



lives and works

Shanghai, China and New York, USA


MFA, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, 1993

about the artist

Zhang Huan is the exposed protagonist of some of the earliest and most canonical performances to have emerged from China, and as such has become one of the most important global practitioners of performance art today. Challenging his physical and mental tolerance by subjecting his body under extreme conditions, he expressed the senseless, the absurd, and the unbearable psychology of a rigid and monitored society. Since his performance work (documented in photography), the artist has ventured into myriad other modes of expression, such as painting, sculpture, and installation, where he speaks as a global citizen of Chinese heritage. Throughout the years, the artist has consistently featured himself heavily in his art—Zhang is the medium used to probe existential questions at the world surrounding, then to witness, to receive, and to evaluate its response. His work heavily discussed in academic texts and widely reviewed in art publications, the artist has shown extensively all over the globe at museums and galleries in China, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Spain, Italy, France, Canada, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Russia. Numerous monographs dedicated to Zhang’s artistic enterprise have been published; the artist has also completed many international art projects and commissions. Accessioned into many public and private collections, his work has been included in group shows held at spaces such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, USA; the PS1 Center for Contemporary Art in New York, USA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA; the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Israel; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain; and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France. 


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Center of Contemporary Art, Malaga, Spain

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Columbus Museum of Art, USA

Denver Art Museum, USA

Espirito Santo Bank, Lisbon, Portugal

Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, Paris, France

Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA

Inhotim Contemporary Art Center, Brazil

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Marieluise Hessel Foundation Collection at Bard College, Annendale-on-Hudson, New York, USA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain

Museum of Art Lucerne, Switzerland

Museum of Casa Anadia, Portugal

Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, USA

Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

New Orleans Museum of Art, USA

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, USA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA

Seattle Art Museum, USA

Shanghai Art Museum, China

Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, USA

University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, USA

University at Buffalo, USA

Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Yale University, New Haven, USA