Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video

Please join us and the artist for the opening of Zhang Peili: from Painting to Video Friday 26th August from 5:30pm at Australian Centre on China in the World (Australian National University, Canberra). The exhibition will run until 15 November 2016.

Zhang Peili: from Painting to Video is a collaboration between MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific and the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), at the Australian National University. The project is built around the recent acquisition of one of Zhang’s last paintings from the 1990s before he shifted his focus to video and media installation art. Newly restored, and never before exhibited, Flying Machine (1994) – a generous gift to CIW from Zhang’s friend and fellow artist, Lois Conner – became an opportunity to explore this significant transition from painting to video, to reflect on the development of media art in China.

Curated by Dr Olivier Krischer (Australian Centre on China in the World) and Ms Kim Machan (Director, Media Art Asia Pacific).

Full exhibition information available here

Public Lecture by Zhang Peili: Friday 26 August 4pm-5:15pm

Public Events: Zhang Peili keynote lecture at conference ‘Moving Image Cultures in Asian Art. Kim Machan will be making a presentation.This conference is sponsored by ANU’s School of Art in collaboration with CIW and presented by the Australian Consortium on Asian Art.

Zhang Peili (b. 1957, Hangzhou, China) is one of the leading artists and arts educators of his generation. In the early 1980s Zhang studied oil painting at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, before forming a seminal experimental group (Pond Society) with friends later that decade. In 1988 Zhang’s work 30 x 30 became the first video artwork in Mainland China, meanwhile New York’s Museum of Modern Arts acquired two of his video works and organised a solo exhibition for him – both ‘firsts’ for a Chinese artist.

In the 1990s, Zhang continued to experiment with video and new media, shifting entirely from painting after 1994. Throughout this period his work was shown widely overseas. In 2003, Zhang founded the New Media Department at the China Academy of Art, the first of its kind in the country. In 2010, Zhang was awarded the prestigious China Contemporary Art Award for lifetime contributions to the field. Today, he remains an Associate Professor at the China Academy of Art, as well as being Executive Director of OCAT Shanghai, the first museum in China to specialise in new media arts and architecture.

Major exhibitions include: 4th Lyon Biennale, 1997; Cities on the Move, Austria, France, 1997, 98; Sydney Biennale, 1998; 3rd Shanghai Biennale, 2000. In 1998, he had a solo exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art. Lives and works in Hangzhou teaching in China Academy of Fine Arts.