Zhang Peili

Born in 1957 in Hangzhou, China.  After Zhang Peili graduated from Zheijiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1984 (now teaching in China Academy of Fine Arts), he started to actively engage himself in the creation of contemporary art in the 1980s.  The major exhibitions he entered 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.


  • 1984 BA obtained from the Oil Painting Department, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou , China

Solo Exhibitions


Zhang Peili, MAAP SPACE, Brisbane, Australia


  • CERTAIN PLEASURES/Zhang Peili Retrospective, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China


  • 38# Jianchang Hutong, Arrow Factory, Beijing.


  • China in Four Seasons: Zhang Peili, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand


  • Zhang Peili, Tilton Gallery, New York, USA.
  • A Gust of Wind, BOERS-LI Gallery, Beijing.
  • Mute, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China.


  • Best Artist (Tilton Gallery, New York), 07 Shanghai Art Fair International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, China.


  • Phrase, Currents/Art & Music, Beijing, China.


  • Zhang Peili: Actor’s Line and Last Words, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia


  • Artist Project Rooms (Art & Public, Switzerland) Arco2000, Madrid, Spain.


  • Jack Tilton Gallery, New York.


  • Zhang Peili: Eating, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


  • Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria.
  • The Art Center, Centers of Academic Recources Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.


  • Video Forum / Art27’96, (Art & Public) Basel, Switzerland


  • Maison des Cultures du Monde, Galerie du Rond Point, Paris.
  • Galerie Crousel-Robelin, Paris.

Selected Group Exhibitions


LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou


  • Light from Light, Hangzhou Public Library, Hangzhou, China.
  • Light from Light, National Library of China, Beijing, China.


  • 意蕴.汉字艺术印象, National Art Museum of China, Beijing.
  • Light from Light, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Light from Light, Shanghai Library, Shanghai, China.
  • Not Only Time: Zhang Peili and Zhu Jia, REDCAT, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Jungle – A Close-up on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China.
  • Looking Through Film: Traces of Cinema and Self-Constructs in Contemporary Art, OCAT, Shenzhen, China.


  • Intramoenia/Extra art, Castles of Puglia, Italy.
  • Bourgeoisified Proletariat, Songjiang Creative Studio, Shanghai, China.
  • Yi Pai – Century Thinking, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.
  • Timelapse, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China.
  • Avant-Garde China: 20 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan.
  • A Gift to Marco Polo, A Collateral Event for the 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Venice International University, Island of San Servolo, Venice, Italy.
  • Blackboard, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China.
  • eARTS BEYOND, 2009 Shanghai eArts Festival, Shanghai, China.


  • Insomnia, Bizart, Shanghai.
  • Where Are We?, Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing, China.
  • Beijing-Athens/Contemporary Art from China, Technopolis of the City of Athens, Greece.
  • Homesickness, T Space, Beijing, China.
  • Writing on the Wall/Chinese New Realism and Avant-Garde in the Eighties and Nineties, Groninger Museum, Netherlands.
  • Avant-Garde China: 20 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan.


  • We are your future (Video Box), 2nd Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia.
  • Interact or Die!/ Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Chinese Contemporary Art, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria.
  • China on Ward/The Estella Collection/ Chinese Contemporary Art, 1966-2006, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Humlebæk, Denmark.
  • ’85 New Wave, The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.
  • Forms of Concepts, 2nd Documentary Exhibition of Arts, Wuhan, China.


  • European Media Art Festival 2006, Osnabrueck, Germany.
  • China Power Station Part 1, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK.
  • Create History: Commemoration of Chinese Modern Art in 1980s, OCT-Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China.


  • L’ART DE PRODUIRE L’ART, Le Fresnoy-Studio National, France.
  • Le invasioni barbariche, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy.
  • Archaeology of the future, The Second Triennial of Chinese Art, The Nanjing Museum, China.


  • Techniques of the Visible/ Shanghai Biennale 2004, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
  • Light as Fuck! Shanghai Assemblage 2000-2004, National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Norway.
  • BEYOND BOUNDARIES, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai.
  • Zooming into Focus/ Contemporary Chinese Photography & Video from the Haudenschild Collection, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
  • China, Video Generation, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France.
  • Dialogues …/ Gu Dexin, Wang Gongxin, Zhang Peili, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China.


  • Z.O.U – Zone of Urgency, La Biennale di Venezia (50a Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte),Venice, Italy.
  • Happiness: a survival guide for art and life, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
  • 10th Biennial of the Moving Image, Geneva.
  • Alors, la Chine?, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
  • The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China.
  • OPEN SKY, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China.


  • PAUSE /Gwanju Biennale 2002, Gwangju, Korea.
  • MAAP in BEIJING 2002 – MOIST /MAAP -Multimedia Art Asia Pacific Festival, Beijing, China
  • The Third Space in The Fourth World/ Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China.


  • TELEVISIONS, Kunst Hall, Wien, Austria.
  • Living in Time, Nationlgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum fÜr Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany.
  • China Art Now, Singapore Art Museum, National Heritage Board, Singapore.
  • Compound Eyes/ Contemporary Video Art from China, Eart Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore.
  • MAAP EXCESS/ MAAP -Multimedia Art Asia Pacific Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse Centre  of Live Arts, Australia.


  • Open Ends /Art at the MOMA Since 1980, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.
  • media-city seoul 2000, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Seoul, Korea.
  • Shanghai Biennale 2000, Shanghai Art Museum, China.
  • Passe-murailles Nouvelles- scenes de l’art contemporain chinois, Musee de Picardie, Amiens, France.


  • APERTO over ALL, La Biennale di Venezia (48a Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte),Venice, Italy.
  • ZEITWENDEN ausblick/ Global Art Rheinland 2000, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany.
  • Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin 1950s –1980s, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA.
  • Skin-Deep/ Surface and Appearance in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
  • The 1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial 1999, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan.
  • Cities on the Move 4, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.
  • Cities on the Move 5, Hayward Gallery, London.
  • Inside Out: New Chinese Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA.


  • Every day/ 11th Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Zhang Peili and Gu Wenda, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery(U.B.C) Vancouver, Canada.
  • Cities on the Move 2, Cape Mussee d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France.
  • Inside Out: New Chinese Art, P.S.I Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA.


  • La 4e Biennial d’ Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France.
  • Cities on the Move 1, Group Exhibition of Contemporary Asian Art, Vienna Secession, Austria.
  • Immutability and Fashion/ Chinese Contemporary Art in the Midst of Changing Surroundings, Kirin Art Space Harajuku, Tokyo; Kirin Plaza, Osaka; Altium , Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Uncertain Pleasure, Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Another Long March/ Chinese Conceptual and Installation Art in the Nineties, Chasse Kazerne, Breda, the Netherlands.
  • W2.Z2 –Multi medium Slide Show, The Gallery of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.
  • New China, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA.
  • Chinese Photograph and Video Art, Max Protetch, New York, USA.


  • 4 Points de Rencontre, Chine, 1996, Galerie de France, Paris.
  • OE uvres Choisies, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Image and Phenomena, the Gallery of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China.
  • China – Aktuelles aus 15 Ateliers, Perfomances Installationen, Munich, Germany.


  • Open Your Mouth, Close Your Eyes/ Beijing-Berlin Art Communication, The Art Museum of Capital Normal University, Beijing.
  • Configura 2, Dialog Der Kulturen, Galerrie am Fischmarkt, Erfur, Germany.
  • PIER SHOW 3, Red Hook, New York, USA.
  • China, Artistic Avant-garde Movements, Centro d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain.


  • Out of the Center, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland.
  • Gaze – L’lmpossible Transparence, Parc Floral de Paris, Carre Arts, Paris, France.


  • Passaggio a Oriente- La Biennale di Venezia, 45a Esposizione Internazionale d’Art, Venice.
  • China Avant-garde, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin-Kunsthal, Rotterdam-Museum of Modern Art, Oxford-Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense.
  • China’s New Art, post-89, City Hall, Hong Kong.
  • Mao goes Pop, Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.
  • Artedomani- Punti di Vista, Installations in the former 18th Century San Matteo hospital, Incontri Internazionali d’arte, Spoleto, Italy.
  • Gran Delubro-I’Arte, ex Convento di San Carlo, Erice, Italy.


  • Gu Dexin, Huang Yangping, Zhang Peili, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France.
  • Recent Works -Art Show by Zhang Peili and Geng Jianyi Since 1991, Diplomatic Missions Restaurant, Beijing, China.


  • I don’t want play cards with Cezanne and other works, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, USA.
  • Garage Show, Education Congress Hall, Shanghai, China.


  • Documentary Exhibition on Chinese Contemporary Art, Tokyo Gallery, Japan.
  • China Avant-garde, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China.


  • Chinese Oil Painting, Shanghai Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China.


  • Beyond the open door, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, USA.


  • Performances and street installations with the “Pool Society”, Hangzhou, China.


  • New Space 85, Exhibition hall of the Zhejiang Academy of fine Arts, Hangzhou, China.


  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France.
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
  • Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
  • Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Annie Leung Art Foundation, Hong Kong.
  • Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation. Switzerland.
  • La Fudación Helga de Alvear, Spain.
  • Asia Society, New York.
  • Sammlung Goetz, Germany.
  • Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Ullens Center for the Arts
  • Uli Sigg