Zhang Jian-Jun: Human Traces


30.09.2021 – 14.11.2021


K11 HACC L2, K11 ATELIER King’s Road, 728 King’s Road, Quarry Bay


12 pm – 8 pm (11 am – 7 pm on weekends & public holidays)


Zhang Jian-Jun


Wu Hung

K11 Art Foundation (KAF) is thrilled to present Zhang Jian-Jun: Human Traces in partnership with Royal Academy of Arts (RA), a return exhibition that shows the fruition of the Artist-in-Residence Programme, co-presented by KAF and London’s Royal Academy of Arts. 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.

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 brings together the dynamics of this ever-evolving, ever-adapting project, leaving behind the richest embodiment of Human Traces.

Image courtesy of the artist.

To accompany the exhibition, K11 Art Foundation is presenting a series of events:

In conversation with Zhang Jian-Jun

Join this conversation between Mr. Zhang Jian-Jun and Ms. Sara Mao (Director, Christie’s Education Asia Pacific) to explore Zhang’s artistic practice, his earlier developments and experiences during his residency.

Audio guide tour by Zhang Jian-Jun

You may now listen to the audio guide tour prepared by the artist himself, or use your smartphone to access this during your visit.

Guided tour

An immersive journey led by our docents will help you to step into the world of ‘Past, Present, Future’ depicted by artist Zhang Jian-Jun.

School tour

All schools in Hong Kong are welcome. Please visit School Tour page to book a tour.


You are welcome to join our customised workshop to explore the perpetual themes conveyed in the exhibition. 


Discover how light transforms exhibition spaces and help express the central ideas brought about by the exhibition.

Online resources

This kit is designed to provide context for the exhibition, through a range of potential focus areas and curriculum links. 

Royal Academy of Arts, London


chi K11 art museum, Shanghai

19.03.2021 – 03.05.2021

chi K11 art space, Shenyang

22.05.2021 – 15.08.2021