Zhang Huan: East Wind/West Wind @ Louis Vuitton One Central Mall Macau
I’m surprised how little coverage there is for one of my favourite Chinese artists, Zhang Huan @ MGM’s One Central Mall in Macau at the Louis Vuitton store. It’s silly getting in the queue just to enter the store to see the exhibition, but seems like LV won’t have it any otherway. So, get in line with the wealthy Mainland tourists buying excessively, which inevitably makes wait much longer than usual.
The exhibition Zhang Huan: East Wind/West Wind features his signature ash statues works, this time of Jesus and Buddha in seeming dialogue and a lovely collection of scenes silkscreened and then carved onto antique wooden doors—to the finest detail.
I love how the details of the table and chair legs are carved to the finest detail.
Buddha’s face made of cowhide, reminiscent of what he did at the UCCA Dior exhibit
Although the technique and medium of his works don’t change much, I still prefer his ash statues and cowhide works to the train wreck piece. I appreciate the thought and ideology, but I didn’t have a reaction to it, nor felt remotely connected to the art.
A pity the LV exhibition doesn’t get enough credit nor coverage. The exhibit is through July 3, so do catch it if you’re in the area! LV is moving up the ranks in my brand ranking, even though I’m not a fan of the excessive in your face monogram-ing. Apart from the recent Angelina Jolie campaign and their CSR association, I think they have a great space and well curated exhibits—a surprise in a place like Macau.
About Zhang Huan
Born in 1965 in Henan, China, Zhang divides his time between China and New York. Zhang is known for his public theatrical performances and a variety of other mediums. In 2005, Zhang opened a studio in Shanghai. At the same time, he also set up Gao An Foundation to help in the poor areas in Western China
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