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Zhang Dali

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Harbin, China

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Zhang Dali is a Chinese artist. After studying painting in China, he went to Italy, where he discovered graffiti art. He was the only graffiti artist in Beijing throughout the early 1990s, and is the first artist since Keith Haring and Jackson Pollock to be given the cover of Time magazine.

From 1995 to 1998 he spray-painted over 2000 giant profiles of his own bald head on buildings throughout Beijing, placing the images alongside 'chai' characters painted by the city authorities to indicate that a building is scheduled for demolition. The appearance of these images became the subject of media debate in Beijing in 1998.

He has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including the International Center for Photography in New York, Courtyard Gallery in Beijing, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo and the 2006 Gwangju Biennale in Korea.

Zhang Dali Biography

1963 Born in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China

1987 Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts & Design, Beijing

Currently lives and works in Beijing

Selected Exhibitions

2008 SLOGANS, Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA (solo)

2007 Zhang Dali: Chinese Offspring, Chinese Contemporary Gallery, New York, USA (solo)

2007 Red Hot! Asian Art from the Chaney Family Collection, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

2007 Past Forward, Oriental Vista Art Collections, Shanghai, China

2007 La Cina e vicina, Mediterranea Gallery, Palermo, Italy

2007 Three Unitary, ddm, Shanghai, China

2006 - 2007 China now - Kunst in Zeiten des Umbruchs, Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg

2006 Gwangju Biennale 2006, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Gwangju La Cina, Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italy

2006 Chinese contemporary Sculpture exhibition, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Holland

2006 The Game of Realism, Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China

2006 Mayfly, Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China

2006 Sublimation - A New Project by Zhang Dali, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL, (solo)

2005 - 2006 The Wall, Millennium Museum, Beijing, China

2004 - 2006 Regeneration, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA, & touring USA

2005 XIANFENG:Chinese Contemporary Sculpture exhibition, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Holland

2005 The game of Realism, Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China, (solo)

2005 Mayfly, Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China, (solo)

2004 Triennial of Photography, ICP, New York

2004 Summer Exhibition, Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery, London

2004 Me!Me!Me!, The Court Yard Gallery, Beijing, China

2004 Inaugural Exhibition, Chinese Contemporary Beijing, China

2004 Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China

2004 International Center for Photography, New York

2003 Left Hand - Right Hand, 798 Space, Beijing, China

2003 Festival Internazionale di Roma, L'Officina-Arte del Borghetto Rome,Italy

2003 China-Germany Art, factory 798, Beijing, China

2003 The Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA

2002 The Second Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi Province, China

2002 Headlines, Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery, London, (solo)

2002 Base Gallery, Tokyo, (solo)

2002 New Photography from China, Beijing, China

2002 Nan Xiao Jie Demolition Moving Exhibition, Nan Xiao Jie, Beijing, China

2002 A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art, Guangzhou Triennial

2002 Guangdong Museum of Art, Er-Sha Island, Guangzhou

2002 Asian Party, Global Game, Chinese Contemporary at ARCO Madrid, Spain

2001 Cross Pressures, Oulu City Art Museum, Finland

2001 Hot Pot, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

2001 China Art Now, Singapore Art Museum

2001 Contemporary Chinese Photography, Finland Museum of Photography, Helsinki & Oulu Art Museum, Oulu

2001 Group Exhibition, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing

2001 Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2001 Osaka Triennale, Osaka - awarded Bronze Prize

2000 Everyday Attitude, Upriver Gallery, Chengdu

2000 Serendipity, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo

2000 Food as Art, Club Vogue, Beijing

2000 Thought Brand Meat Mincer (performance), Dongsi 8 Tiao, Beijing

2000 Artistes Contemporains Chinois, Musee des Tapisseries, Aix-en-Provence

2000 Anthropology of the Landscape, Lang Island, Guilin, China

2000 Summer Group Exhibition, Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London

2000 Dystopia+Identity in the age of Global Communication, Tribes Gallery, New York

2000 AK-47, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, (solo)

2000 Dialogue-Shanghai, Courtyard Gallery, Shanghai, (solo)

2000 Fuck Off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai

1999 - 2000 Transparence, opacite? ACAVA-De Martken, Brussels

1999 Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, (solo)

1999 Demolition and Dialogue, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing & Shenzhen, (solo)

1999 Transparence - Opacite?, ACAVA, Aosta, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, Brussels

1999 Beijing in London, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

1999 Food for Thought, Mu Art Foundation, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

1999 Contemporary Chinese Art, Literature & Culture, Bard College, New York

1999 Group exhibition, Cypress College & BC Space Gallery, Cypress, California

1999 Contemporary Chinese Photography, Chulalongkom Museum, Bangkok

1999 Departure from China (The World is Yours - performance), Design Museum, Beijing

1999 Unveiled Reality, Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver

1999 Corruptionists, Beijing

1998 Green Dog and Masters, Chinese Contemporary, London

1998 China Art Gallery, Beijing

1998 11th Tallinn Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia

1998 Lehman College, New York

1998 P-House Gallery, Tokyo

1997 National Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

1994 Peter Dunsch Gallerie, Essen, Germany, (solo)

1994 Goethe Institute Gallery, Torino

1994 Graphic Arts Experimentation Laboratory Mario Leoni Deborah, Bologna

1993 Neon Gallery, Bologna

1993 Spazio Navile Gallery, Bologna

1993 Galleria Studio 5, Bologna, (solo)

1992 Galleria dei Tribunali, Bologna, (solo)

1991 Rocca Municipale, Montefiorino, Italy, (solo)

1990 La Rupe Gallery, Bologna, (solo)

1987 National Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, (solo)
Recent Exhibits

Zhang Dali participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2015 Agitprop!
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Nov, 2015 Temporary Boundary: A Survey on China Censured Videos & Photographs
Galerie Paris-Beijing
Jun, 2015 DE/CONSTRUCTING CHINA: Selections from the Asia Society Museum Collection
Asia Society Museum
May, 2015 Under the Sky
Pékin Fine Arts (Hong Kong) @ Union Industrial Building
Oct, 2014 Recovered 恢复 • group show
ifa gallery
Jun, 2014 Square
Klein Sun Gallery
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