Four Season AL MarYah
24TH and 25TH JANUARY 2018

Zhang Jian-Jun

Zhang Jian-Jun, First Drop of Water #1, 2014
Zhang Jian-Jun, Flowing Water Series, 2014
Zhang Jian-Jun, Rubbing Rain Series #6, 2014
Zhang Jian-Jun, First Drop of Water #5, 2015
Zhang Jian-Jun, First Drop of Water #5, 2015


Born in Shanghai in 1955. In 1978, he graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Shanghai Theater Academy. Between 1987-1988, he was invited by the Asian Cultural Council of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, US for Academic Study visit and artistic creation. Between 1986-1989, he was Assistant Curator and Art Research Director of Shanghai Art Museum. Between 1986-2002, he worked as Artist and Art Consultant for the Shanghai Art Museum. Between 1997-2010, he was Adjunct Professor, of the Fine Arts Department, New York University. Since 2007, he has worked as Adjunct Professor for the Global Program at New York University in Shanghai, China. Zhang’s work has also been featured in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA, Harvard University, Massachusetts, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, New York University Gallery, New York, Art Projects International, New York, Venice Biennale, Italy, L’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, Museum of the Shenzhen Art Institute, Shenzhen, China, Art Center of the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai, China, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China, Jerusalem Art Festival, Jerusalem, as well as many other places. Now working as a professional artist, Jian-Jun Zhang has been exploring the imagery of water, he is fascinated with capturing the image of eternity in an exciting and dynamic way. As an essential element in nature, water has been always touching the senses and speculative minds of humans in the fields of survival, philosophy and aesthetics. It flows, integrates and connects East and West as well as the past, present and future. In recent years, Jian-Jun Zhang has created “Rubbing Sun” and “Rubbing Rain” collections, extending the approaches of water to new territories. Zhang makes note that “by rubbing fire with water, I expressed a kind of correspondence and a balanced harmony. The same rule applies to Rubbing Rain, because, just like water, rain is a very tiny and concrete image as well as a macroscopically metaphysical concept. It is similar to the core of traditional Chinese culture-leisure, a status wondering between reality and abstraction to form a poetic conception, which is art.” For a long time, Jian-Jun Zhang has been featuring different forms of waters movements in his artworks, He combines the Eastern way of thinking with contemporary visual art media. This unique visual approach was inspired by his living experiences in Shanghai and New York, where the different cultures influenced his artistic creations. Through the contemporary interpretation made by the artist, the traditional Chinese ink painting has rippled, and flows in the time and space towards the future. His important collection include: Brooklyn Museum, Djerassi Foundation Collection, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, JP Morgan, M+ Museum for Visual Culture, White Rabbit Museum Collection, Uli Sigg Collection, Shanghai Art Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art, Yuz Museum Etc.

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