ZANG Kunkun

ZANG Kunkun

Born 1986 in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, based in Beijing

ZANG Kunkun takes public fitness equipment as the subject of his recent series “Brown”. At first glance, public fitness equipment shows the government’s humanistic care towards its people. However, the artist reveals the nature of the equipment as the government’s tool to control its people’s lives, which leads to castration of the minds. ZANG depicts the public fitness equipment in a way that reminds us of instruments of torture. The splendid color tones unexpectedly make the paintings hardhearted and unapproachable. The red marks on the equipment resemble rust but also could be viewed as blood stains and the metaphor of violence, implicating the power and violence exerted by the authority. This process of “repoliticalization” is based on the artist’s personal aesthetic sensibility, resulting in fables that encourage further interpretations and imaginations. 

1986        Born in in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China
2008        Graduated from China Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China


2012    “Brown”, Linda Gallery, Singapore; Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
2010    “Realistic Radian” , Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
2007    “Identity—Underneath the Current” , China Academy Of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China


2014    “Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program/Beijing: The Sociology of Oneself”,
               ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
            “The Bing Of Non-Being: A Kind of Personal Expression on ‘META-PAINTING’”,
               Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
2013    “Art Stage Singapore”, Singapore
            “Art Beijing, China Contemporary Art Fair” , Beijing, China
            “ART TAIPEI 2013 ” , Taipei, Taiwan
            “Bidirectional Punctum, As an Entry Point of Representation, One Kind of Painting”,
               Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
            “1M²”, Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
            “ART021”,  Shanghai, China
            “HOW NOW 2013 ”, HOW Museum, Wenzhou, China
2012    “Art Stage Singapore”, Singapore
            “Becoming Peninsula—Symptoms” , Iberia Art Center, Beijing, China
            “After Deliverance” , 798 Space, Beijing, China
            “Stripping : New Art From China” , Zhong Gallery, Berlin, Germany
            “The First Nomination Exhibition Of Chinese Contemporary Collectors”,
                Beijing, China
            “Cynical Resistance”, Hakgojae, Seoul, Korea
            “Dark Energy”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
            “The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair Shanghai”, Shanghai, China
2011    “Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair” , Beijing, China
            “YOUNG ART TAIPEI”, Taipei, Taiwan
            “ART TAIPEI 2011” , Taipei, Taiwan
            “Seven Ways—Image-Making and Its Discontents” Times Art Museum,
                 Beijing, China
2010    “Reshaping History — China Youth New Art Invitational Exhibition” ,
                 Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

            “The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair Shanghai”, Shanghai, China
2009    “Time Lag”, Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
            “REMIX AND SHARE: CC Art Exhibition (Presented by Creative Commons 
                China Mainland)”, Beijing, China
2008    “Teaching Plan Exhibition: 18 Cases of Chinese Contemporary Art”,
                Hangzhou, China
            “A View of Three,” Tianjin, China
2007    “National College Students”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
            “China—Germany Artist Exhibition: Super Integration”, Tianjin, China
2005    “Do Art Today”, Tianjin, China


                MOCA Museum Of Singapore Contemporary Arts, Singapore
                Today Art Museum, China
                HOW Museum, China
                M+ Hong Kong, China

2014    “Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program/Beijing: The Sociology of Oneself”,
                 ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

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