ZHANG HONGTU

Van Gogh/Bodhidharma
March 25 – April 27, 2022

Van Gogh/Bodhidharma (2007 – 2014) by Zhang Hongtu consists of 39 ink paintings created over the course of seven years. They are the Vincent van Gogh self-portraits remade in the style of the classical Zen portraits of the Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma, the founding patriarch of Zen Buddhism. Zhang’s morphing of van Gogh and Bodhidharma into one is a remarkable display of the artist’s masterful ability to dissolve distinctions between two icons. This notion of breaking down impossible barriers has been the lodestar of Zhang’s life and five-decade-long career. As a Muslim outsider in China, then as a Chinese exile in America, Zhang has continually sought, through his works, to disintegrate dividing walls in culture, politics, and time. His works involve thoughtful juxtapositions of critique with humor, and the appropriation of images of authority figures and cultural icons, for the purpose of deflating the power of such formidably divisive influences. His work captures and contemplates a multi-layered discourse on competing ideas and proposes universality and relevancy in unexpected ways. 

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Zhang Hongtu Exhibits at The Wende Museum

Zhang Hongtu is featured at The Wende Museum

November 13, 2022 - March 12, 2023
TANGO | Summer Exhibition | July 13 - August 17, 2022

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Summer Exhibition
July 13 - August 17, 2022
Zhang Hongtu

If Bison Can Dream by Zhang Hongtu

November 27, 2021 - January 22, 2022
LOVE DIFFERENCE

LOVE DIFFERENCE

Eric Brown, Janet Taylor Pickett, Zhang Hongtu
May 15 - June 15, 2021
SOPHIE MATISSE

MORE THAN ONE WAY HOME

Sophie Matisse
Janet Taylor Pickett
Zhang Hongtu
October 10 - November 24, 2020
Quaker Boxes

ZHANG HONGTU: I DARE TO MATE A HORSE WITH AN OX

September 27 - November 16, 2019
Zhang Hongtu at Art and China after 1989

Zhang Hongtu in ART AND CHINA AFTER 1989: THEATER OF THE WORLD

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York
October 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018

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