ZHANG JIAN-JUN (b. 1955, Shanghai, China) is currently based in Shanghai. Widely exhibited, Zhang has shown extensively in Asia, Europe and the United States and his work was recently exhibited as part of Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013.
In 1983, he participated in ’83 Experimental Painting at Fudan University in Shanghai. In 1987, his solo exhibition Nature was presented at the Shanghai Art Museum. That autumn in 1987, Zhang received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to visit the United States. After his return to Shanghai, he participated in China/Avant-Garde at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing in 1989. Zhang moved to New York City in 1989. A solo exhibition Water and Fire was presented at Art Projects International in New York in 1995.
Ink has often figured in many of Zhang’s works whether creating large installations, photography, or intimate drawings on paper. A constant in Zhang’s work over the past 30 years, ink drawings are a substantial and significant part of his practice. Zhang’s diverse projects include drawings on paper, paintings, photo-based works and large installations.
Recent museum exhibitions include: The 1980s: Early Works by Jian-Jun Zhang(1978-1988), Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2015); The 12th National Art Exhibition: Section of Experimental Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2014); Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013-14); Portrait of the Times: 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2013); Shanshui, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (2011); Chinese Window: Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2010-11); Shanghai Art of the City, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA (2010); and The Great Celestial Abstraction, National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2010) and traveled to Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Italy (2011-12).
Zhang Jian-Jun’s work is represented in major collections including the Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland; M+, Hong Kong, Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art, CA; Djerassi Foundation Permanent Collection, CA; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China; Shenzhen Art Institute, Shenzhen, China; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China; White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia; JP Morgan, Hong Kong; and Genentech, CA.
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