Zhang Huan

Was born in An Yang, Henan province, and now lives in Shanghai and New York. He received his bachelor degree from the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 1998 he moved to New York City where he lived till 2005. My New York (2002), realized for the Whitney Museum of American Arts, is amongst the most known performances of the time. The artist dressed his naked body with raw meat, and, resembling an over-muscular bodybuilder, walked along Madison Avenue requesting passers-by to set white doves free. Zhang Huan explores several languages (painting, photography, live performance, installations, sculpture, graphics, design), and many different materials (stone, copper, bronze, wood, steel, incense ashes, caw skin, polyester, glass fibre, feathers, stuffed animals). His works are included in the collection of: the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museums in New York; the Centre Pompidou in Paris; the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo; the National Gallery of Australia; the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; and many important international collections. In 2009 he conceived and set the stage for the opera Semele at the Royal Theatre de Munt/de la Monnaie (the National Opera of Belgium); and the following year for the Poly Theater in Pechino. It is possible to see some of his monumental sculptures in Denver, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Tjorn (Sweden).

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