Zhan Wang

Born in Beijing in December 1962, Zhan Wang graduated from the Beijing School of Arts and Crafts in 1981, was admitted to the Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 1983, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in 1988, and graduated from the postgraduate course of the Sculpture Department of CAFA in 1996, and now works and lives in Beijing.

After graduation, he entered the Institute of Sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, specializing in creative work, and in 2003, he was transferred to the Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) as a professor of sculpture creation. 1995, he set up a Three-person Joint Studio with Sui Jianguo and Yu Fan; In 1998, he published his academic paper "Conceptual Sculpture - Materialized Concepts" in Art Research; in 1999, he curated the "Fifty Years Retrospective of Sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts". During his tenure as the director of the Institute of Sculpture, he organized three experimental exhibitions of open studios, among which the "Obsession with Harm" triggered an international controversy; In 2003, the Third Studio of the Sculpture Department was formed, advocating the goal of training contemporary artists in the context of the Sculpture Department and practicing the method of curating exhibitions to promote teaching.

In the early days, his work has been influenced by Pop Art, he created super colorful realistic sculptures, represented by Sitting Girl (1990) and so on; from the mid-1990s, he was influenced by Conceptual Art, represented by the performance project 94 Ruin Cleaning Project (1994); then, integrating  his sculpture expertise and explored the creative direction of Conceptual Sculpture, and his representative works include the series of Mao Suit (1994), the Artificial Rock(Jiashanshi) series created since 1995 and New Map of Beijing -Rockery Remodeling Plan(1996); His representative personal projects include: "Burial: Shell of Mao Suits" (2002), "Floating Rock Drifts on the Open Sea" (2000), "Project to Inlay the Great Wall" (2001), "Urban Landscape" series (2002), and so on. His art is considered to have the quality of using simple material forms to formulate complex problems, and he has created various experimental artworks in sculpture, installation, photography, video and public art. In recent years, he has created various new works by overlapping interdisciplinary working methods, such as Suyuan Stone Generator—One Hour Equals 100 Million Years, and a video installation My Personal Universe, which he started to create in 2010, Forms in Flux, the computer algorithm work in collaboration with a mathematician in 2016. In addition, he has also created the latest works such as Finitude/Infinitude(2021)and Match Openings: Particle (2022.

Zhan Wang has held more than twenty solo exhibitions and solo projects at home and abroad in his solo art career, the main solo exhibitions such as “Kong Ling· Kong—Temptation series”,(Central Academy of Fine Art Gallery, 1994), “Garden Utopia”, (National Art Museum of China,2008), “Suyuan Stone Generator - 1Hour Equals 100 Million Years”, (Today Art Museum, 2010), “Zhan Wang: My Personal Universe”, (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, 2011), “Forms in Flux “, (Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai,2017).and his works have participated in many international contemporary art biennials and triennials and sculpture exhibition in Venice, Shanghai, Singapore, Guangzhou Belgium, Hawaii, Holland, Australia, and Toronto, etc. In 2003, he was selected to participate in the first Chinese Pavilion of the 50th Venice Biennale. He has published more than ten books and albums. His works have been collected and displayed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, British Museum in London by the first piece Chinese contemporary sculpture, and in 2000 he was named by Japan's Art Handbook as one of the 100 Global Most Discussed Artists.

Solo Exhibitions

2020Zhan Wang: Objects of Idea, Long March Space, Beijing

2019The Invisible :Zhan Wang, Eslite Gallery, Taipei

2017Forms in Flux, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai

2015Nothing for the Time Being, OCAT, Shanghai

2014Morph, Long Much Spase Beijing 798

2012Form of Formless, Long Much Spase,Beijing

2012Universe, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore

2011Zhan Wang: My Personal Universe, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

2010Suyuan Stone Generator - 1Hour Equals 100 Million Years, Today Art Museum, Beijing
Zhan Wang:Reflection, Eslite Gallery, Taipei

2008Zhan Wang: Garden Utopia, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
On Gold Mountain: Sculptures from The Sierra by Zhan Wang, Asian art museum, San Francisco, USA
86 Divinity Figures, Long March Space, Beijing
han Wang, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2006Zhan Wang: Urban Landscape – Beijing, Williams College Museum of Art, Massachusetts, USA

2005Flowers in the Mirror, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

2002From Sweden to Taipei, Taipei-Tai Zhong

2001Sham Nature--Zhan Wang’s Artificial ‘Jia Shan Shi’, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

2000Beyond Twelve Nautical Miles--Floating Rock Drifts On The Open Sea, Lingshan Island Jiaonan City, Shandong Province

1994Kong Ling· Kong—Temptation series,Central Academy of Fine Art Gallery, Beijing

Solo / Team projects

2021Fractal Structure - Infinite Shan Shui,The Chuan Malt Whisky Distillery Emeishan, Sichuan

2020Prosperity, Zhaotai International Center,Beijing

2019Insight and Vision—Sensing (Jya Art Project), UCCA Lab, UCCA Contemporary Art Center, Beijing

2004Mount Everest Project - to the Summit, Everest 8853.5m, China

2002Burial: Shell of Mao Suits, underneath the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou

2001Inlay the Great Wall, Remnant Great wall of Ba Daling, Beijing
In & out --Floating Rock on Sweden,Gothenburg, Sweden

2000Beyond Twelve Nautical Miles - Floating Rock Drifts On The Open Sea, 12 nautical miles off Lingshan Island, Jiaonan, Qingdao, Shandong

1995Property Development project by the Three Men United Studio, Sculpture Department ruins of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Women/Here, the second project by the Three Men United Studio, Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing

199494 Ruin Cleaning Project, Wangfujing, Beijing

Selected Group Exhibitions

Chengdu Biennial, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Sichuan, China
Matter as Actor, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
Literati and Artisan, Nanchizi Museum, Beijing
Beijing Biennial 2022, Beijing Friendship Store, Beijing
MAGINE ·Amsterdam Sculpture Biennale ARTZUID, Holland
Duration: Chinese Art in Transformation, Ming Sheng Art Museum, Beijing
Longing for Nature – Reading Landscapes in Chinese Art, Museum Rietberg Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
2020 Wuhan 5th Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan
The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Curitiba International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Museu Oscar Niemeyer,Curitiba, Braz
Sculpture by the sea 2018, Perth, Australia
Art History: Shaped by 40 Artists from 1978 to 2018, Power Long Museum, Shanghai
Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
The 1st Honolulu Biennial: Middle of Now | Here, Honolulu, USA
M+ Sigg Collection:Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art, Artis Tree,HONG KONG
Kenpoku Art 2016 Northern Ibaraki Art Festival, Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki, Japan
CHINA 8, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
Breaking the Image, Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing
The Third Criticism: Art Language, Times Art Museum, Beijing
Art Basel: Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland
Passage to History – 20 Years of the Venice Biennial and Chinese Contemporary Art, Venice, Italy
Glasstress2013: White Light / White Heat Collateral event of the 55th international art exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Sculpture 2012 (Group Exhibition of Five Sculptors), Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan
The Revival of Tradition——Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition,La Galleria Pall Mall,London, UK
Louis Vuitton– Voyage, National Museum of China, Beijing, China
The 5th Chengdu Biennale, Sichuan
Reshaping History: China Art 2000-2009, National Convention Center, Today Art Museum, Arario Gallery, Beijing
Art for the World·Exposition Axis Sculpture Gallery International Sculpture Exhibition: The City of Forking Paths, Shanghai
Biennial Cuvee, OK Centre for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria
The 2nd Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, Canada
The 2nd Singapore Biennale: Wonder,Singapore
New World Order: Contemporary Installation Art and Photography from China,Groningen Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
The First Today’s Documents - Energy: Spirit·Body·Material, Today Museum, Beijing
China Onward: The Estella Collection – Chinese Contemporary Art, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
The 6th Shanghai Biennale: Hyper-Design,Shanghai
2006 Beaufort: 2nd Triennial of Contemporary Art on the Sea, PMMK, Oostende, Belgium
Universal Experience - Art, Life and the Tourist’s Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art, World Art Museum, Beijing; Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA
Chinese Contemporary Art Touring Exhibition,Museo Arte Contemporanea di Rome, Rome, Italy;Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
First Document Nomination Exhibition,Hubei Institute of Fine Arts ,Wuhan
The 50th Venice Biennale Chinese Pavilion: Dreams and Conflicts - The Dictatorship of the Viewer, Synthi-Scapes, Venice, Italy; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
First Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
The 1st Guangzhou Triennial: Reinterpretation – A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art (1990-2000), Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou
The Long March - A Walking Visual Display: New Plan to Fill the Sky, Xichang, Sichuan
Dream: Contemporary Art of China, Atlantic Fine Art, London, UK
Knowledge is Power, Beijing Book Building, Beijing
Open 2000: International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installation, Venice, Italy
The 3rd Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai,
Transience - Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century, The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA
Second Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen
Trace of Existence: A Private Showing of Chinese Contemporary Art, Modern Art Studio, Beijing
First Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen
Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Watari-um Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Cities on the Move - Asian Contemporary Art (Touring Exhibition 1997-1999), Austria; France; USA; Denmark; UK; Finland; Thailand
International Outdoor Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Fukuoka, Japan
Invitational Academic Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong
45 Degrees as a Reason, Art Exchange, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing
Open Your Mouth, Close Your Eyes: Beijing – Berlin Art Exchange, Art Museum of the Capital Normal University, Beijing
Agree to 11/26 as a Reason, Art Exchange, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing
New Generation Art Exhibition, Chinese History Museum, Beijing


2020GQ Artist of the Year
Robb Report Best of the Best Awards for Artist

2017Robb Report Best of the Best Awards for Artist

2011Harper’s Bazaar Men’s Style
AAC Art China·Annual Influence

2006Martell Extraordinary Artist Award
Selected for inclusion in the American University textbook of art history, The Power of Art

2000100 Global Most Discussed Artists, Art Handbook, Japan

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