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Zhang Huan

A serial provocateur, probing the fundamentals of life.

“It’s about the spirit of conquering the unconquerable. I want to make work so people can be moved by a sense of the possible.”

Zhang’s conceptual, multidisciplinary artworks explore a weighty series of subjects spanning politics, history, religion, and humanity. During the last 3 decades he has exhibited at some of the world’s most prestigious museums, and in 2020 became the first living Chinese artist to have a solo show at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. In the 1990s his early performances captured the att...

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Zhang Huan was born in 1965 in Anyang, China, and is now based in Shanghai.


Works featured in collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Asia Museum of Fukuoka, Japan; The Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Saatchi Gallery, London.

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In 1994 performance piece 12 Square Meters, Huan coated himself in honey and fish oil to attract swarms of flies as he sat motionless in a public bathroom. Zhang's early career is defined by several such performances testing the limits of discomfort that his body could endure.

Collaborations with Zhang Huan

Avant Arte and Zhang Huan have one upcoming collaboration.