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 at Museo Picasso Málaga 

Zhang Hongtu at Museo Picasso Málaga 

October 3, 2023 - March 31, 2024
Madison Ave New York Picasso, Welcome to America June 15 – July 31, 2023

PICASSO, WELCOME TO AMERICA

June 15 – Sept 27, 2023
Pitches & Scripts

PITCHES & SCRIPTS

Group Exhibition
January 20 - March 11, 2023
(DE)CONSTRUCTING IDEOLOGY: THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION AND BEYOND November 13, 2022 to March 12, 2023

Zhang Hongtu lectures and exhibits at the Wende Museum

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

TANGO

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

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