Zhang Huan: Zhu Gangqiang




An exploration of memory, spirituality and hope through themiraculous survival of a pig is being conducted at London’s WhiteCube by Chinese performance and visual artist Zhang Huan. The show isbased around one of the greatest natural disasters to hit China inrecent memory. In May 2008, an earthquake reaching magnitude of 8 onthe Richter Scale killed 60,000 people. Amongst the chaos, for 49 days,a pig persevered. Carried by Buddhist belief that the soul remains onearth between death and transmigration for exactly this amount of time,this pig is now a symbol of life and hope, renamed Cast-Iron Pig (orZhu Gangqiang in Chinese, hence the theme of the show).Zhang Huan was born in 1965 in Anyang City, Henan Province, and livesand works in Shanghai, China. From 1998 to 2005, he lived in New York,where he gained international recognition. He has had solo exhibitionsat the Asia Society, New York, Vancouver Art Gallery and the NortonMuseum of Art, Florida and has featured in group exhibitions includingthe Whitney Biennial in 2002. In September 2009, Zhang Huan will directhis first opera, Semele (by George Frideric Handel), at La Monnaie,Brussels, 8, 10, 12, 18, 29, 22, 24, 27 & 29 September 2009, LaMonnaie de Munt, La Monnaie, 070 23 39 39, www.lamonnaie.be |www.demunt.be.

 

 

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White Cube Mason’s Yard is pleased to present the firstexhibition with the gallery by the acclaimed artist Zhang Huan. Whileknown primarily for his performances in the early 1990s, which involvedfeats of physical and psychological endurance, his recent work hasfeatured sculptures and paintings that explore themes of memory andspirituality and how these relate to Buddhist practice.

Duration 04 September 2009 - 03 October 2009
Times Open: 10 – 6pm Tuesday – Saturday
Cost free
Venue White Cube (Mason's Yard)
Address 25-26 Mason's Yard London SW1Y 6BU, ,
Contact +44 (0) 20 7930 5373 F / / www.whitecube.com/info/

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