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Next Season's Debut Artists: Zhang Huan

[This is part of a series profiling the artists making their COC debuts in the 2011/2012 season]

"I want it to be 70 per cent beautiful, 15 per cent surrealistically beautiful, and the rest so beautiful that nobody can bear it." – Zhang Huan on Semele

Name: Zhang Huan

Practice: Visual and performance artist

Where he's from: An Yang City, He Nan Province, China 

What he's directing: He'll be directing Handel's Semele, at the COC from May 9 to 26.

Where he's been: Semele is the first opera he's directed. As a visual and performance artist, he's had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Max Protetch Gallery, New York; Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Haunch of Venison, London and Zurich; and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery here in Toronto, among others. 


Watch and Listen

From the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, an interview with Zhang Huan (the interview starts approximately 10 minutes into the video): 

Here's a video preview of Semele from its premiere at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels.

This video shows many of Zhang Huan's best-known sculptural, photographic and performance works. 


Photo: Zhang Huan

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2011/2012 / comments (1) / permalink

Mark (6/27/2012 12:24:00 PM)
The Chinese contemporary art scene was crteaed by, and continues to be promoted by, dealers who hope to make a fortune off of it, but there's very little of substance or originality in it. It marries anomie to style but lacks depth. Within the art world, it's seen as an insider's joke. Just about every contemporary Chinese artist's work is derivative of earlier Western art. The only particularly good Chinese artist today is Cai Guo-Qiang, and he's lived in the West for the past 25 years.

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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