K11 Art Foundation (KAF) is thrilled to collaborate with Royal Academy of Arts to launch Zhang Jian-Jun: Human Traces, a return exhibition that shows the fruition of the Artist-in-Residence Programme, co-presented by KAF and London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA). It also marks the artist’s inaugural travelling exhibition which is on tour in Shanghai, to Shenyang and lastly to Hong Kong from March to November this year, allowing audiences to encounter important Chinese contemporary artistic practices and affirming its growing international presence in the world.
As a pioneer of Chinese abstract art and figuration, Zhang has been expanding his artistic explorations with his oeuvre consistently combining the three core concepts in art history—the interaction between nature and humans, the traces people leave behind over the course of time, and the relationship between traditional and modern living.
Image courtesy of the artist.
Human Traces is conceived as a dynamic process. From Shanghai to Shenyang, and finally to Hong Kong, the vanishing of portraits, and subsequent addition of new ones, together with the subtle changes of the exhibition space, reflect the interaction between the artist, and the past and present of each location. As the last stop of this process, the Hong Kong exhibition will bring together the dynamics of this ever-evolving, ever-adapting project, leaving behind the richest embodiment of Human Traces.
To accompany the exhibition, KAF will present a series of events, including workshops, and online and offline guided tours.