We are delighted to announce worldwide representation of leading Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi.
Zeng’s diverse and innovative painting practice has established him as one of the world’s most celebrated living artists. In a career spanning over three decades to date, Zeng repeatedly challenges convention to constantly evolve his practice, resulting in artistic breakthroughs, versatile painting styles, and a rich oeuvre. He has shaped the course of Chinese contemporary art by redefining the principles of painting, as well as by creating opportunities and securing a future for Chinese art through the work of The Fanzhi Foundation for Art and Education, which was founded in 2011 and continues to be funded by Zeng today.
Hauser & Wirth looks forward to further developing the artist’s international profile through a series of major exhibitions, public programs, publishing projects, and through the commissioning of new scholarship. Together the gallery and the artist will launch initiatives that place a strong emphasis on education and academic pursuit – in addition to representing the artist, Hauser & Wirth will establish an ongoing collaboration with The Fanzhi Foundation, which supports and promotes art and cultural related events in conjunction with a range of institutions worldwide.
Hauser & Wirth’s first exhibition project with Zeng will take place in fall this year. A number of academic events – including international symposia – are also being planned to coincide with the publication of a comprehensive catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work: Volume 1, documenting the first 20 years (1984 – 2004) of Zeng’s career, will be released in summer 2018. In addition to an in-depth collaboration with Hauser & Wirth, the artist will continue a relationship and professional exchange with his existing galleries.
Zeng’s joining Hauser & Wirth marks an important step in the gallery’s increasing global reach as their first permanent space in Asia opens on 26 March 2018 across two floors of the new H Queen’s development in Hong Kong.
Image: Portrait of Zeng Fanzhi. Photography by Li Zhenhua © 2018 Zeng Fanzhi