Zhang Peili 张培力
4pm – 5.15pm, Friday 26 August 2016
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU, Canberra
Zhang Peili, widely regarded as the father of video art in China, is one of the most eminent artists to emerge in the 1980s. While remaining at the forefront of contemporary art practice in China, Zhang has also been an extremely influential media art educator, as founding dean of the Department of New Media at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Currently Executive Director of OCAT Shanghai, the first museum in China to specialize in new media arts and architecture, Zhang brings a uniquely multifaceted understanding to the development of contemporary art and cultural practice in China. Zhang Peili’s lecture will also mark the opening of the international conference ‘Moving Image Cultures in Asian Art’, which continues over the weekend of the 27-28 August.
The lecture will be delivered in Mandarin Chinese with translation provided by the experienced author and cultural commentator Linda Jaivin, who will also lead a short Q&A discussion afterwards. The lecture will be followed by the formal opening of the exhibition Zhang Peili: from Painting to Video.
About ZHANG Peili 张培力
Zhang Peili graduated from the Oil Painting Department at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1984. While Zhang is a painter by trade, he produced sophisticated experiments with video and new media, before shifting away from painting after 1994. Zhang’s work 30 x 30 (1988) — a recording of him repeatedly shattering then gluing a mirror back together again— became what is widely regarded as the first video artwork in China. In 2010, Zhang was awarded the prestigious China Contemporary Art Award for lifetime contributions to the field. Zhang’s work is in numerous significant collections, including: the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena; Galeria Helga de Alvear, Spain; Singapore Art Museum; and the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia.
Zhang Peili’s visit to Australia has been facilitated by the ANU Research School of Asia and the Pacific’s Distinguished Visitors’ Program. The exhibition Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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