Zang Kunkun

1986 · China

Artist biography

Zang Kunkun is seen as an emerging contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in China, like other renowned artists such as Guan Xiao, Rong Rong, Lin Tianmiao, Liu Yue, and XU Jin. Zang Kunkun was born in 1986.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Zang Kunkun's work is on display at Mai 36 Galerie in Zurich, Switzerland. Zang Kunkun's work has most recently been exhibited at Mai 36 Galerie in Zurich (19 January 2018 until 03 March 2018) with the exhibition Solo show.

Historical Context of China

For centuries, China has been one of the most sophisticated and artistic cultures. Unique in its political and cultural systems, and rather hermetic in nature, it has always been somewhat of an enigma to the west. Modern art production, when not concentrating on championing the ideals of the State, instead reworked many of the classical ideals of Calligraphic ink works made with the brush.

Further Biographical Context for Zang Kunkun

Born in 1986, Zang Kunkun was predominantly inspired by the 1990s growing up. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most well known member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet commercial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as represented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Zang Kunkun

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