October 22, 2007 - Asia Society Museum - Zhang Huan: Altered States, Discussion and Lecture
October 22, 2007

Zhang Huan: Altered States, Discussion and Lecture

Zhang Huan:
Altered States

Curator: Melissa Chiu
The First-Ever Museum Retrospective of Zhang Huan

Through January 20, 2008

Discussion
Breakout: Chinese Art
Outside China

Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 pm

Lecture
10 Things You Need to Know about Chinese Contemporary Art
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 pm

www.AsiaSociety.org

Asia Society Museum presents the first-ever museum retrospective of Zhang Huan, one of the most important and widely recognized Chinese artists working in the United States and China. Zhang Huan: Altered States includes 55 of the artist’s major works produced over the past 15 years in Beijing, New York and Shanghai including photographs and sculpture.

Born in 1965 in An Yang, Henan Province, China, Zhang Huan is best-known for his controversial early works in performance art. When he began his career in Beijing, his performances focused on physical endurance, pushing the limits of what was acceptable to authorities in the early 1990s, post-Tiananmen. In 1998, he moved to New York where he saw greater freedoms and established his international career with larger-scale performances that often involved the participation of scores of volunteers. Last year, Zhang Huan moved to Shanghai, abandoning performance art in favor of works in sculpture, installation art and painting. Many of these show greater connections to Chinese heritage and history. The exhibition is organized around these three distinct phases of the artist’s work.

Zhang Huan: Altered States is accompanied by a fully illustrated hardcover 177 page catalogue that includes scholarly essays by curator and Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu and art critic Eleanor Heartney, first-hand accounts of Zhang Huan’s early performance works in Beijing by the artist Kong Bu, and an essay by Zhang Huan who provides his own perspective on his art and life. To order the catalogue, visit www.AsiaStore.org

Morgan Stanley is the lead sponsor of Zhang Huan: Altered States.

The Kai-Yin Lo Distinguished Program Series: Discussion
Breakout: Chinese Art Outside China
Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 pm
Post-1989 Tiananmen, many artists left China for New York, Paris and Sydney. Two leading expatriate artists, Xu Bing and Yun Feiji, speak with Melissa Chiu, Asia Society Museum Director (Breakout: Chinese Art Outside China). Reception and book signing follow. Breakout is available at AsiaStore or www.AsiaStore.org

10 Things You Need to Know about Chinese Contemporary Art
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 pm
Gain insights into the burgeoning markets for contemporary Chinese art in this comprehensive survey of the field by Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu.
Free admission

To attend:
Online registration preferred.
Online: tickets.asiasociety.org
Phone: 212-517-ASIA (2742)

Media Contact:
Elaine Merguerian
Jennifer Suh
212.327.9271

Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York, New York

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