Zhang Jian-Jun 張建君 (b. 1955)

Hailing from Shanghai, China, Zhang Jian-Jun (b.1955) is one of the most disciplined and gifted contemporary Asian artists of our time. Zhang graduated from Shanghai Drama Institute’s Fine Arts Department in 1978 and is today an Adjunct Professor at the Fine Arts Department of New York University.

Zhang’s art perforates the surface of East-West fusion and the idea of time, expressing his strikingly unique and profoundly perceptive musings. Exploring the essence of these topics, his art may not be instantaneously interpretable by many; however, this is also the very quality that elevates the intellectual element of his works, inviting viewer participation. Zhang demonstrates his gift in the artistic manipulation of time by re-creating the ancient scholar rock, (appreciated by Chinese scholars thousands of years ago,) with modern material such as silicone rubber. Creatively, he has resurrected a fragment of history and propelled episodic moments from that distant time to this present age. These consequential works are evidently contemporary and undoubtedly unique.

Zhang has held more than 15 solo-exhibitions and over 100 group-exhibitions in China, the United States and other parts of Asia and Europe. His works are collected permanently in JP Morgan (Hong Kong), International Artists Museum, Lodz (Poland), Shanghai Art Museum (China), Shenzhen Art Institute, Shenzhen (China), Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (China), the Dow Jones Company, New Jersey (U.S.A.), Djerassi Foundation Collection, California (U.S.A.) and Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art, California (U.S.A.). He was also involved in the Golden Globe Awards Party 2007 where he was commissioned to install his scholar rock sculpture, Mirage Garden #5.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • Between Then and Now, 2017, OCAT Xi’An, China
  • Water • Quintessence, 2016, Pearl Lam Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • China Chapter, 2015, Galerie Albrecht, Berlin, Germany
  • Jade Mountain & Ink River, 2015, Christian Duvernois Gallery, New York, New York, USA
  • 1980s: Zhang Jian-Jun’s Early Artwork (1978-1988), Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Water • Ink • China, 2015, Pace Prints, New York, New York, USA
  • Nature, 2014, Art Projects International, New York, New York, USA
  • Forms • Water • Vestiges, 2012, Pavilion of Repose Garden, Kunshan, China
  • Water, 2011, 99 Art Center at M50, Shanghai, China
  • Zhang Jian-Jun: Vestiges of a Process, 2007, iPreciation Gallery, Singapore
  • Alternative Landscape, 2007, 140 sqm Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • Mirage Garden Part 6, 2007, South Beauty Garden, Shanghai, China (in collaboration with Barbara Edelstein)
  • Vestiges of a Process: New York, Shanghai, New Village, 2007, iPreciation Gallery, Singapore
  • Vestiges of a Process, 2005 ,Asian American Art Centre, New York, New York, USA
  • Garden of Wishing Trees, 2005, Maiden Lane Exhibition Space, New York, NY, USA
    (in collaboration with Barbara Edelstein)
  • Vestiges of a Process: Chelsea Chapter, 2004, DTW Gallery, New York, New York, USA
  • Mountain & River, 2003, Art Projects International Gallery, New York, New York, USA
  • Chinese Ink Garden of Re-Creation, 2002, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
  • Vestiges of a Process: Guangzhou Chapter, 2002, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
  • China Chapter, 2002, Museum of the Shenzhen Art Institute, Shenzhen, China
  • Art Projects International, 2001, New York, New York, USA
  • Footprint, 1997, Gallerie Deux, Tokyo, Japan
  • Art Projects International Gallery, 1995, New York,
  • The Paradox of the Fish, 1994, Gallery Contempo, New York, New York, USA
  • Nerlino Gallery, 1989, New York, New York, USA
  • Existence, 1988, Kay Garvey Gallery, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA
  • Solo Exhibition, 1988, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
  • Solo Exhibition, 1987, Shanghai Art Museum, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Beyond Scholar Gardens, 2018, Duolan Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • Avant-Garde ·  Shanghai: 1979-2010 Documenta of Shanghai Contemporary Art, 2017, Ming Yuan Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • 2016 Under Heaven: Contemporary Art from China in the Ahmanson Collection, 2016, Ahmanson Gallery, Irvine, California, USA
  • White Grey Black, 2016, Gallerie Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Water & Ink: Tradition in the Contemporary Art, 2016, China Cultural Center in Brussels, Belgium
  • Splotch, 2016, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, New York, USA
  • Chinese Whispers, 2016, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
  • 30 Years of Contemporary Shanghai Art, 2015, Sheshan Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, China
  • Open: Contemporary Ink Art, 2015, Da Xiang Art Center, Taizhong, Taiwan
  • Pursuing Dream: Shanghai Sculpture Invitational Show, 2014, Shanghai Sculpture Space, China
  • Experimental Art, 2014, The 12th China National Art Exhibition, Today Museum, Beijing, China
  • Sempre Natura, 2014, Christian Duvernois Gallery, New York, New York, USA
  • China Arte Brazil, 2014, OCA, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Contemporary Chinese Prints, 2014, Pace Prints Gallery, New York, New York, USA
  • Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, 2013, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA
  • Tutte le strade portano a Roma. 17 artisti contemporanei da SHANGHAI a Palazzo Brancaccio, 2013, Museo Nazionale D’Arte Orientale, Rome, Italy
  • Opening, 2013, Christian Duvernois Gallery, New York, New York, USA
  • Culture Shanghai: A Return Oriented Towards the Future, 2012, Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai, China
  • Ink Now, 2012, Special Project of The SH Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China
  • Water, 2012, Anacostia Art Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA
  • Undoing ShuiMo – Contemporary ShuiMo Exhibition, 2012, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • Celestial Abstraction, 2011, Contemporary Art Museum, Rome, Italy
  • 20 Years Retrospective Exhibition of 1991 San Diego Chinese Artistic Creation Seminar, 2011, Xian Art Museum, Xian, China
  • Selected Asian Cultural Council Fellows: Then and Now, 2011, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • ShanShui, 2011, Kunstmuseum, Lucern, Switzerland
  • The Seventh Shenzhen International Chinese Ink Biennale, 2010 Shenzhen, China
  • Chinese Gardens for Living: Illusions to Reality, 2009, Europalia.China International Arts Festival, The Square, Brussels, Belgium
  • China Abstract Painting 30 Years, 2008, Caixa Forum Museum, Barcelona & Madrid, Spain
  • iPRECIATION at Art Taipei 2007, Taiwan
  • iPRECIATION Exhibition 2007, KIAF, Seoul, Korea
  • 3rd International Art Festival, 2007, Rajamangala University, Poh-Chang, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Crossing the Atlantic, 2006, Goldsmith’s College, London, England
  • Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity, 2006, 1st Envisage, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Flowing River: 30 Years of Chinese Oil Painting, 2005, National Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • 100 Years of Chinese Sculpture, 2005, Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai, China
  • A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water, 2004, The 5th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
  • 10-Year Anniversary, 2003, Art Projects International Gallery, New York, New York, USA
  • Guangzhou Triennial, 2002 Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
  • China Triennial, 2002, Metropolitan Museum of Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China
  • 1st Chengdu Biennial, 2001, Chengdu, China
  • DMZ_2000, 2000, Korean Gallery, New York, USA
  • Construction in Process VII: This Earth is a Flower, 2000, The International Artists’ Museum, Lodz, Poland
  • Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century, 1999, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Chinese Artists Working in New York, 1998, Purdue University Gallery, Indiana, USA

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