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Zhou Brothers

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Birthplace
China

Lives in
Chicago

Works in
Chicago

Website

Schools
University of Shanghai, 1978, BFA, Theater and Art
National Academy for Arts and Crafts, Beijing, 1983, MFA, Painting and Fresco Painting

Tags
exhibition/performance, sculpture, modern, performance, mixed-media

Statement

The Zhou Brothers are one of the most accomplished contemporary artists in the world today renowned for their unique collaborative work process. They always work together on their paintings, performances, sculptures, and prints, often communicating without words in a so-called dream dialogue. Their thinking, aesthetic, and creativity are a symbiosis of Eastern and Western philosophy, art, and literature that informed their development since early childhood. Their indomitable spirit allowed them to leave behind their brilliant success in China, where they were hailed as national heroes for their early work, to step onto the world stage. They have since achieved international acclaim while continuing to work in the West.

The Zhou Brothers, Shan Zuo and DaHuang Zhou, were born in China 1952 and 1957 respectively. They studied drama and painting at the University of Shanghai from 1978 to 1982 and the National Academy for Arts and Crafts in Beijing from 1983 to 1984 where they received their MFAs. During the beginning of the 1980s they became leaders of the contemporary art movement in China. In 1985 they won the National Prize of the Chinese Avant-Garde of the Ministry of Culture and the Prize for Creativity from the Peace Corps of the United Nations. They were also honored as the first contemporary artists ever to show their work in an exhibition that traveled to the five largest museums in China, including the National Art Museum of China in Beijing and the art museums in Shanghai and Nanjing.

Realizing that the political and cultural landscape at that time would not allow them to expand their careers, an invitation to exhibit in Chicago in 1986 presented a timely opportunity to make the transition onto an international stage. The Zhou Brothers have consequently maintained their home and studios in Chicago while actively exhibiting their work nationally and abroad. They have held guest professorships at the International Academy for Art and Design at the Fachhochschule in Hamburg, Germany, 1996. The Summer Academy of Art in Salzburg, Austria, from 1996 to 2009. The Summer Academy of Art in Traunkirchen, Austria, 2011 to 2012. The Art Academy in Bad Reichenholl, Germany, 2013. They received one of the most prestigious fine art awards, the Prize of the Haitland Foundation, Germany, 1996. The most important demonstration of their collaboration is the performance the Zhou Brothers gave during the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2000. In front of the most important political, economic, and cultural leaders in the world, they created a large-format painting titled New Beginnings to give due treatment to their most important theme, humankind.

Their work has been documented in various books and catalogues and has been collected by private and public institutions world wide. A retrospective exhibition “Zhou Brothers: 30 Years of Collaboration” was organized by the Elmhurst Art Museum and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs on October 2004. Zhou Brothers: 30 Years of Collaboration includes artwork from three major periods of the brothers’ collaboration: China (1973 – 1985), America (1986 – 1993) and Europe and America (1994 – 2003).

SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

2013

"Zhou Brothers China Series" Beijing 1+1 Art Centre, Beijing, China

"Zhou Brothers China Series" Yongjiang Inlet Art Museum, Nanning, China

2012

Live Painting Performance during "Lu Yu You Yue" interview, Beijing, China

"Li - The River of Souls" Solo Exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

Live Painting Performance "Li - The River of Souls" collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta at Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

"Sun Bird" realization of a bronze 50 ft tall monument sculpture in China

Galerie Ragassi, Bern, Switzerland

2011

Galerie Schloss Parz, Kunstzentrum, Austria

"8 US Presidents and the Great Wall" presentation in the White House, President Barack Obama's gift to President Hu Jintao of China

"Time - Portrait of History" Solo Exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

2010

"TIMEGATE" sculpture unveiling, Beijing, China

2009

"Art Chicago" Chicago, IL

International Sommerakademie, Salzburg, Austria

"CHICAGO" Realization and unveiling, Northern Trust Headquarter, Chicago, IL

2008

“Wisdom of Energy” Painting Performance at the United Nations in New York City

“New Beginnings” Solo Exhibition at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, IL

“Divergent Minds” Painting Performance at The Coronado Theater in Rockford, IL

Exhibition at the Galerie Nero, Germany

Exhibition at the Galerie Ragassi Bern, Switzerland

“New Music PLUS Painting” for the Chicago Composers Forum at the Columbia College Conway Center

2007

Zhou Brothers – 30 year Retrospective – National Art Museum of China, Beijing

Painting performance at Zhongshan Hall in The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Painting Performance at Columbia University New York, NY

Zhou Brothers - 10 Jahre in Salzburg (Zhou Brothers – 10 years in Salzburg), Galerie im Traklhaus Salzburg, Austria

Neue Graphische Arbeiten (New Editions), Studio Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria

2006

Ascendance. Painting Performance at Beloit College, collaboration with the poet Bei Dao and the violinist Yang Liu, WI

 2005

Realization of 12 metal sculptures in ZhouB Sculpture Park, MI

Galerie Ragassi Bern, Switzerland

The Ring of Life, realization of an aluminium sculpture at the campus of the Swiss Paraplegic Center in Nottwil, Switzerland

2004

30 years of Collaboration I, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL

30 years of Collaboration II, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IO

2003

Museumspavillion der Stadt Salzburg, Austria

Museum der Stadt Schriesheim, Schriesheim, Germany

Zhou Brothers Art Foundation, IL

Oskar Friedl Gallery, Chicago, IL

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Villa Haiss das Museum fuer Zeitgenoessische Kunst, Zell, Germany

2002

Central Exhibition Hall Moscow "Manege", Moscow, Soviet Union

Galerie Rackey, Bad Honnef, Germany

Galerie Esplanade, Bad Ischl, Austria

Galerie Rigassi, Bern, Switzerland

Pacifica Institute, Santa Barbara, CA

ART Chicago 2002, Walter Bischoff Galerie, Stuttgart/Berlin, Germany

2001

Chambers Fine Art, New York, NY

Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria

ART Chicago 2001, Walter Bischoff Galerie, Stuttgart/Berlin, Germany

Villa Haiss das Museum Fuer Zeitgenoessische Kunst, Zell, Germany

Walter Bischoff Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany

Walter Bischoff Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

Galerie Wolfhard Viertel, Frankfurt, Germany

2000

Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Maerz Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

Galerie Wolfhard Viertel, Frankfurt, Germany

Lakeside Gallery, Lakeside, MI

World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

    in co-operation with:
    Galerie Rigassi, Bern, Switzerland and
    Galerie Wolfhard Viertel, Frankfurt, Germany

1999

Galerie Sechzig, Feldkirch, Germany

Kunstforum beim Rathaus, Hallein, Austria

Galerie Van Der Straaten, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Galerie Rackey, Bad Honnef, Germany

Art Zuerich, Galerie Rigassi, Switzerland

Art Cologne, Galerie Wolfhard Viertel, Germany

1998

Internationale Sommerakademie, Salzburg, Austria
Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

Krassl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI

Kunst-und Kulturinitiative, Waren (Mueritz), Germany

Internationale Messe fuer Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland

Galerie Rigassi, Bern, Switzerland

ART Cologne, Galerie Wolfhard Viertel, Frankfurt a.M., Germany

Galerie Erik Bausmann, Mainz, Germany

1997

Galerie Erik Bausmann, Mainz, Germany

Kunstverein Speyer, Speyer, Germany

Nahan Gallery, New York, NY

Galerie Rigassi, Bern, Switzerland

Galerie Wolfhard Viertel, Frankfurt, Germany

1996

Art Cologne, Koeln, Germany

Heitland Foundation, Gothic hall, Castle of Celle, Celle, Germany

Oskar Friedl Gallery, Chicago, IL

Art 1996 Chicago, Oskar Friedl Gallery, Chicago, IL

International Academy for At and Design, Fachhochschule Hamburg, Pentiment, Hamburg, Germany

Galerie Wolfhard Viertel, Frankfurt, Germany

Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

DeSaisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

1995

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Staedtisches Museum Schloss Salder, Salzgitter, Germany

Art Frankfurt, Galerie Wolfhard Viertel, Frankfurt, Germany

Galerie Wolfhard Viertel, Frankfurt, Germany

Museum Ludwig, Budapest, Hungary
Art Multiple, International Art Market, Duesseldorf, Germany

Kunstverein Rotenburg/Wuemme, Rotenburg, Germany

Nahan Gallery, New York, NY

Galerie Heseler, Muenchen, Germany

Galerie Walter Bischoff, Berlin, Germany

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

1994

Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany

Nahan Galleries, New York, NY

Galerie Wolfhard Viertel, Frankfurt, Germany

1993

Oskar Friedl Gallery, Chicago, IL

Galerie Wolfhard Viertel, Frankfurt, Germany

Mandarin Oriental Fine Art, Hong Kong

Nahan Galleries, New York, NY

Quigley Art Gallery, Clark College, Dubuque, IA

1992

Nahan Galleries, New York, NY

Lloyd Shin Gallery, Chicago, IL

Galerie Walter Bischoff, Stuttgart, Germany

Nahan Galleries, New Orleans, LA

1991

Lloyd Shin Gallery, Chicago, IL

Connaught Brown Gallery, London, England

1990

Feingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, CA.

East West Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL

1989

Feingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, CA

Hsiung Shih Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

The Art Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, Feingarten Galleries, NY

East West Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

Humanities Center, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IL

Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL

1988

Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Ruth Volid Gallery, Chicago, IL

Jerome Evans Gallery, Chicago, IL

East West Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

Carl Jung Institute, Evanston, IL

1987

East West Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

Kay Garvey Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL

1986

Osaka Gallery, Osaka, Japan

Galerie Prinz, Tokyo, Japan

Art Center Guilin, China

1985

National Art Museum of China, Beijing

International Cultural Palast, Beijing, China

Art Museum Nanjing, China

Art Museum Shanghai, China

Art Museum Guilin, China

1984

Art Museum Guangxi, China

1983

National Academy for Arts and Crafts, Beijing, China

1982

National Academy for Arts and Crafts, Beijing, China

EDUCATION

1983-84

M.F.A., Painting and Fresco Painting, National Academy for Arts and Crafts, Beijing

1978-82

B.F.A., Theater and Art, University of Shanghai, Shanghai
 
HONORS & AWARDS
 
2011
 
An invitation to the White House from President Barack Obama for a private meeting with President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China for the presentation of the State gifts.
Honorary professors of National University of Guangxi, China

Honorary professors of Guangxi University, Guangxi, China

2008

Distinguished Artist Award, United Nations, New York, NY

2006

Lincoln Award, Lincoln Academy, IL
2005 Golden Lion Award, Chicago, IL

2004

American Immigrant Achievement Award, American Immigration Law Foundation

1996

Kunstpreis der Heitland Foundation 1996, Celle, Germany

1986

1st Prize Springfield Art League, 69, National Exhibition, USA

1985

National prize of the Chinese Avant-Garde of the Ministry of Culture, Beijing, China; Prize for Creativity, Peace Corps of the United Nations, Beijing, China

TEACHING

2013

Guest professorship at the Art Academy in Bad Reichenholl, Germany

2011-12

Guest professorship at the Summer Academy for Art, Traunkirchen, Austria

1998-2009

Guest professorship at the Salzburg International Summer Academy for Fine Arts, Austria

1996

Guest professorship at the International Academy for Art and Design, Fachhochschule Hamburg, Pentiment, Hamburg, Germany

Recent Exhibits

Zhou Brothers participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2014 "Selection of Artworks from the Cleve Carney Collection"
Cleve Carney Art Gallery
 
Sep, 2013 Inventory_The EAM Collection
Elmhurst Art Museum
 
Sep, 2013 Early Fantasy Where the Dream Began
Zhou B Art Center
 
May, 2013 Zhou Brothers China Series
YongJiang Inlet Art Museum
 
May, 2013 Zhou Brothers China Series
Beijing 1+1 Art Centre
 
Sep, 2012 Li - The River of Souls
Zhou B Art Center
 
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