ZHAN Wang was born in 1962 in Beijing where he continues to work until today. His creation has always found their roots in the Chinese scholar tradition, myths, religion and the profane life, yet out of this soil grew out works that depicts the total transformation of Chinese society, economics and culture since the 1990’s. It is the narrative and mythical nature that makes his work so immediate and intimate in relation to the spectator.

ZHAN became known for his stainless-steel scholar’s rocks in the 1990’s. His artificial rock is the first Chinese contemporary sculpture to be collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has realized his intention of internationalized and contemporized this ancient unique Chinese culture of rock appreciation.

ZHAN has minted a new visual language that mythologizes China’s 21st-century metamorphosis into a modern, gleaming stainless-steel society while holding on to its traditions. While he is said to be a conceptualist sculptor, he believes that concept cannot be formed without artistry; this idea reflects the pursuit for moderation (Zhongyong) in Chinese philosophy.

The process of creation, from discovery of the rocks to their meticulous replication, reflects ancient philosopher Laozi’s notion that man cannot transcend nature. Working within nature’s confines is what distinguishes ZHAN’s work from western sculptors who seek to transform nature to express them.

ZHAN’s work combines Taoist notions of illusion, reality, and nature with an existentialist embrace of the absurd. Much of his work can only be seen in photographs or videos because part of his concept is that some of the sculptures be permanently exhibited in unreachable destinations. Even though he started off as a sculptor, he continues to expand the form and aesthetic significance in his work for the past twenty years.

1962        Born in Beijing, China
Lives and works in Beijing
1983-1988        Sculpture Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1978-1981        Beijing Industrial Arts College, Beijing, China


               Hong Kong, China

2011        "My Personal Universe", Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China 
2010        "Reflection" ZHAN Wang Solo Exhibition, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Suyuan Stone Generator 1 Hour Equals 100 Million Years", Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2008        "Zhan Wang Garden Utopia", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
               "Rocks into Gold", Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
               "86 Divinity Figures", Long March Space, Beijing, China
               "Zhan Wang", Hannise Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2006        "ZHAN WANG Urban Landscape Beijing", Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, USA
2005        "Flowers in the Mirror", Han Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2004        "Mount Everest Project to the Summit", Everest 8848m, China
2002        "From Sweden to Taipei", Taipei; Taichung, Taiwan
2001        "Inlay Great Wall", Remnant Great wall of Badaling, Beijing, China
               "Sham Nature - Zhan Wang's Artificial 'Jia Shan Shi'", Han Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China
               "In & Out Floating Rock on Sweden", Gothenburg, Sweden
2000        "Beyond Twelve Nautical Miles Floating Rock Drifts on the Open Sea", Lingshan Island,

        Jiaonan City, China
1994        "Vacant Empty - Seduction Series' Works of Zhan Wang", CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China


2011        "Louis Vuitton – Voyages", National Museum of China, Beijing, China
               "The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures From The Forbidden  City", Milwaukeen Art

               Museum, Milwaukeen, USA

               "Collecting History – China New Art", Chengdu MOCA, Chengdu, China
               Chendu Biennale, Chendu Museum, Chendu, China
               Art Changsha, Changsha Museum, Changsha, China
               "Shanshui – Chinese Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art", Museum of Art in Lucerne,

               Lucerne, Switzerland

               "The Exhibition of Art Museum Architecture Design & Research", Yuan Art Museum, Beijing,

               "Future Pass, From Asia to the World", 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
               "Unable Absence- Winshare Contemporary Art Display", Winshare Museum, Chengdu, China
               "Black White", Zero Art Museum, Beijing, China
               "Urban Arcadia: Zhan Wang/MVRDV", MOT/ARTS, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Artron Annual Sculpture Prize for Artist", Forbidden Palace, Beijing, China
2010        "Zaoxing: Artwork from the Faculty of the Central Academy of Fine Arts", CAFA Art Museum,

               Beijing, China
               "Great Performances", Pace Beijing, Beijing, China
               "Cossing Horizons: Comtemporary Art From China", National Gallery Chile, Santiago, Chile
               "Reshaping History: China Art 2000-2009", National Convention Center, Today Art Museum,

               Arario Gallery, Beijing, China

               "Art for the World: the Sculpture Project of the EXPO Boulevaro World", Shanghai 2010,

               Shanghai EXPO, Shanghai, China

               "Clouds:Power of Asian Contemporary Art", Soka Art Center, Beijing, China
2009        "llision", Experimental Cases of Contemporary Chinese Art, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
               "Sculpture in Nature, Nature of Sculpture", Foundation de 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium
               "Contemporary Sculpture in the Historic", Bad Homburg Kurpark and Castle Gardens,

               Bad Homburg, Germany

2008        "ShContemporary 08", Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
               "Hypallage - The Post - Modern Mode of Chinese Contemporary Art", OCT Art and Design

               Gallery, Shenzhen, China

               "Accumulations - The Spirit of the East", Asia Art Center, Beijing, China
               "New World Order Contemporary Installation Art and Photography from China" Groninger

               Museum, Groningen, Nederland

               "Case Studies of Artists in Art History", SZ Art Center 798, Beijing, China
2007        "Energies-Synergy", Foundation De 11 Lijinen, TOP10 Chinese Contemporary Sculpture

               Exhibition, Asia Art Center, Beijing, China

               "Contemporary Cultural Venation - China Version 2007 Credit Suisse Reincarnation",

               Doris Mcarthy Gallery University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, USA
               Beijing Comprehensive Art Exhibition Florilegium, Museum of Art Today, Beijing, China
               "Escape by Crafly Scheme Salvation from Traditional and Revolutional", Language, Square

               Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nanjing, China

               "China Under Construction", Contemporary Art from the People's Republic, ART Houston,

               Houston, USA
               "China Onward - The Estella Collection - Chinese Contemporary Art 1966-2006", Louisiana

               Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

2006        "Hyper Design 6th Shanghai Biennale", Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
               "Entry Gate - Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity", MoCA, Shanghai, China
               "City in Progress/ Live from Zhang Jiang", Zhangjiang, Shanghai, China
               "Chinese in Indigenous Mode - Contemporary Renaissance in Aesthetic", Reconstruction,

               Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
               "The New Chinese Landscape", Arthur M Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums

               Gallery, Cambridge, USA

               "Beaufort 02 Triennium", PMMK Museum of Contemporary Art in Ostende, Ostende, Belgium
               "Heyri Asia Project /Chinese", Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul, Korea
               "Martell Artists of the Year 2006", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2005        "1st Annals Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art", Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China
               "Exchange Value of Pleasure", Pusan Museum of Modern Art, Pusan, Korea
               "The Festival of China", The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., USA
               "Electrical Scape" International New Media Art Exhibition, Zheng Da Art Museum,

               Shanghai, China
               "Chinese Avant-garde Sculpture", Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, Netherland
               "On the Edge - Visiting Artists Program", Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Palo Alto,

               Palo Alto, USA
               "The Elegance of Silence", Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
               "Universal Experience - Art, Life, and the Tourist's Eyes", Museum of Contemporary Art,

               Chicago, USA; Haywood Gallery, London, UK
               "The Wall" Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China;

               UB Art Gallery and Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA
2004        "Chinese Imagination", Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France
               "Beyond Boundaries", Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
               "Between Past and Future", New Photography and Video from China, International Center of

               Photograph (ICP), New York, USA
               "Playing with the Energy", House of Shiseido, Tokyo, Japan
2003        "Dreams and Conflicts", The Dictatorship of the Viewer 50th Venice Biennale: Synth-Scape,

               Chinese Pavilion, Venice, Italy; China Guangdong Museum of Art, Guanzhou, China
               China Contemporary Art, Museo Arte Contemporanea di Rome, Rome, Italy; Ludwig Museum,

               Budapest, Hungary

               "A Sino - German Exhibition of Contemporary Art", 798 Space Art & Culture, Beijing, China
               "New Generation and Post - Revolution", Yan Huang Museum, Beijing, China
               "Open Times", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2002        "The First Guangzhou Triennial Reinterpretation", A Decade of Experimental,

               Chinese Art (1990-2000), Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
               China Contemporary Art, Brasilia Art Museum, Brasilia, Brazil
               "China Art", Museum Kuppersmuhle Sammlung Grothe, Duisburg, Germany
               "Long March", A Walking Visual Display, Ruijing and Xichang, Beijing, China; Paris, France
               "Foison", China Contemporary Art, Museum of Farming, Beijing, China
               China Contemporary Art, Croatia Art Museum, Croatia
2001        "Poster Exhibition of Chinese Avant - garde", Red Door, Beijing, China
               "HOTPOT - kinesisk samtidskunst", Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
               "Making China", Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USA
               "Rocks and Art - Nature Found and Made", Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA
               "Dream Contemporary Art of China", Atlantic Fine Art, London, UK
               "Cross Crossing", Modern Gallery, Chengdu, China 
2000        "With Complements", Cotthem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
               "2000 Shanghai Biennale", Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
               "2000 The West Lake International Sculpture Invitational Exhibition", Taiziwan Park,

               Hangzhou, China 
               "The World of Real and Illusory", Yun Feng Gallery, Beijing, China
               "Documentation of Chinese Avant - Garde Art in 90s", Fukuoka Asian Art Museum,

               Fukuoka, Japan
               "Humanities Landscape", Langdao, Guilin, China
               "Open2000", International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installations, Venice, Italy
               "Invited Exhibition on Contemporary Chinese Sculpture", Qingdao Sculpture Museum,

               Qingdao, China 
               "Oriental Plaza", Selected Contemporary Sculpture from China, East Square,

               Beijing, China
1999        "The Door of the Century", Chengdu Art Museum, Chengdu, China
               "The Future Plan of Ecology City", Shenzhen, China
               "Volume and Form, Singapore International Sculpture", Singapore
               "Transience - Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century", The Smart

               Museum of Art, Chicago, USA
               "1999 Chinese Contemporary Art", LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA
               "Cities on the Move", Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark;

               Hayward Gallery,London, UK

               Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
1998        "Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture", He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen, China
               "Building Blocks", the Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
               "A Revelation of 20 Years of Contemporary Chinese Art", Workers' Cultural Palace,

               Beijing, China
               "Cities on the Move", Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France; P.S.1 Contemporary

               Art Center, New York, USA

               "Commemorating Life", Jin Bao Shan, Taipei County, Taiwan 
               "Half a Century of Footprints - Central Academy of Fine Arts", Sculpture Institute

               CAFA Museum,

               Beijing, China; Autonomous Action Art Space Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
               "Signs of Life", Group Exhibition of Modern Chinese Art, Modern Art Studio, Beijing, China
1997        "Continue", CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China
               "The First Sculpture Activities in Guilin Da Yang Gu Art Palace", Guilin, China
               "Dream Of China 97' Chinese Contemporary Art", Yan Huang Art Museum, Beijing, China 
               Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Watari-um Museum, Tokyo, Japan
               "Forever Return", 97' Nanshan Sculpture Exhibition, Nanshan Sculpture Institute,

               Shenzhen, China
               "Cities on the Move", Vienna, Austria
1996        "Certificate of Award 96' TEDA International Sculpture Symposium", Tianjin, China
               "The First Exhibition in Mountain - Forest Sculpture Park", Huairou, Beijing, China
               "International Sculpture Wild - Open Show", Fukuoka Seaside Park, Fukuoka, Japan
               "The First Academic Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Artist", Hong Kong Art Center,

               Hong Kong, China
               "Sculpture and Contemporary Culture", The Research Report on Chinese Contemporary Art,

               Chongqing; Sichuan, China

               "Invited Works of Chinese Contemporary Sculpture", Nanshan Sculpture Institute,

               Shenzhen, China
               "Reality - Present and Future 96' Chinese Contemporary Art", International Art Place,

               Beijing, China
               "2009    45 Degree as a Reason", Postcard Exchange, Hangzhou; Shanghai; Beijing, China
               "Development Plan", Triplicate Studio 1st Exhibition, Debris of the Central Academy of Fine

               Arts, Beijing, China

               "Woman's Here", Triplicate Studio 2nd Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery, Beijing, China
               "Open Your Mouth, Close Your Eyes, Beijing Berlin Art Exchange", Art Museum of Capital

               Teaching University, Beijing, China

               "Exhibition of Works Nomination by Critics (1995 Sculpture and Installation)" Jiangsu Art

               Monthly, Nanjin, China

1994        "Agree to 11/26 as a Reason, Postcard Exchange", Hangzhou; Shanghai; Beijing, China 
               "Kong Ling Kong - Seduction Series", Works of Zhan Wang CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China
1993        "Taiwan - Beijing Two Sides of the Straits", Sculpture Exchange, Gaoxiong Art Gallery,

               Taiwan and Beijing
1992        "Contemporary Youth Sculptor Invitation Exhibition", ZIFA Gallery, Hangzhou, China
               "20th Century China", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1991        "New Generation Art Exhibition", Chinese History Museum, Beijing, China
1990        "The First Studio Art Exhibition", CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China
1986        "Beijing Youth Art Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2000        100 Global Most Discussed Artists, Art Handbook
2006        Included in the American art history textbook, The Power of Art
               Martell Extraordinary Artist Award




                Hong Kong, China

2010        "Reflection" ZHAN Wang Solo Exhibition, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

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