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Ornamental Rock No. 71
Zhan Wang
Ornamental Rock No. 71

2006 - 2008

Polished stainless steel

170.2 x 157.5 x 106.7 cm
Zhan Wang’s Ornamental Rock No. 71 in a metaphor for the fast changing face of China. Inspired by the public sculpture often found outside Beijing’s new office development buildings, as well as the feng shui of traditional landscape gardening, Zhan created his sculpture by moulding a flat sheet of metal to a natural rock formation; once removed, this shiny skin is reformed to create a hollow and abstract representation of nature. In Chinese custom, rocks and water are the two most important five elements, and through the sculpture’s reflective surface Zhan combines both in a spiritual emblem, merging their associative connotations of stability, prosperity, and wealth.

Other artists in

Zhang Dali    Zeng Fanzhi    Wang Guangyi    Zheng Guogu    Zhang Haiying    Zhang Hongtu    Zhang Huan    Qiu Jie    Xiang Jing    Shi Jinsong    Fang Lijun    Yue Minjun    Li Qing    Wu Shanzhuan    Shen Shaomin    Li Songsong    Zhan Wang    Liu Wei    Zhang Xiaogang    Zhang Xiaotao    Cang Xin    Shi Xinning    Li Yan    Bai Yiluo    Sun Yuan and Peng Yu    Yin Zhaohui    Feng Zhengjie


Zhan Wang
Born in Beijing

Lives and works in Beijing


Inlay Great Wall: Remnant Great wall of Badaling, Beijing
Sham Nature: Zhan Wangs Artificial Jiashanshi, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Kong Ling Kong: Seduction Series, CAFA Gallery, Beijing
Beyond Twelve Nautical Miles: Floating Rock Drifts On The Open Sea,
Lingshan Island, Jiaonan City, Shandong Provence


Celebrating 20 Years of Hanart T Z Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong.
Art on the Beach, organized by Galerie Enrico Navarra and Hanart T Z Gallery, St. Tropez, France

Synthi-Scapes: 50th Venice Biennale 2003, Chinese Pavilion, China, Guangdong
Museum of Art
China, Museo Arte Contemporanea di Rome, Italy
A Sino-German Exhibition of Contemporary Art, 798 Space Art & Culture, Beijing

Paris-Pekin, Espace Cardin, Paris, France
The First Guangzhou Triennial: Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China.
China Contemporary Art, Croatia Art Museum, Croatia
The New Meteorite Project: Long March – A Walking Visual Display, Xichang City

Poster Exhibition of Chinese Avant-Garde, Red Door, Beijing
Hot Pot: Chinese Contemporary Art, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
Making China, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York
Rocks and Art: Nature Found and Made, Chambers Fine Art,
Dream: Contemporary Art of China, Atlantic Fine Art, London
Cross Crossing, Modern Gallery, Chendu

With Complements, Cotthem Gallery, Belgium
The 3rd Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
he West lake International Sculpture Invitational Exhibition, Taiziwan Park, Hangzhou
The World of Real and Illusory, Yunfeng Gallery, Beijing
Documentation of Chinese Avant-Garde Art in 90s, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka
Humanities Landscape, Langdao, Guilin
Open 2000: International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installation, Venice
Invited Exhibition on Contemporary Chinese Sculpture, Qingdao Sculpture Museum, Qingdao
Oriental Plaza: Selected Contemporary Sculpture from China, East Square, Beijing
1999The Door of the Century, Chengdu Art Museum, Chengdu
The Future Plan of Ecology City, Shenzhen
Volume & Form: Singapore International Sculpture, Singapore
Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century, The David and Alfred Smart Musuem of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago; University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon; The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover

Chinese Contemporary Art, Limn Gallery, San Francisco

Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Hexiangning Museum, Shenzhen
Building Blocks, The Courtyard Gallery, Beijing
A Revelation of 20 Years of Contemporary Chinese Art, Workers Cultural Palace, Beijing
Commemorating life, Jinshan, Taiwan
Half a Century of Footprint, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Sculpture Institute CAFA Museum, Beijing
Autonomous Action, Art Space Gallery, Auckland
Signs of Life, Modern Art Studio, Beijing

Cities on the Move, Secession, Vienna; CapcMusée dart Contemporain de Bordeaux; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Hayward Gallery, London

Continue, CIFA Gallery, Beijing
The First Sculpture Activities in Guilin Dayanggu Art Palace, Giulin
Dream Of China: 97 Chinese Contemporary Art, Yanhuang Art Museum, Beijing
Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, The Watari-um Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Forever Return: 97 Nanshan Sculpture Exhibition, Nanshan Sculpture Institute, Shenzhen

96 TEDA International Sculpture Symposium, Tianjin
The First Exhibition in Mountain-Forest Sculpture Park, Huairou, Beijing
International Sculpture Wild-Open Show, Fukouka Seaside Park, Fukuoka
The First Academic Exhibition Of Chinese Contemporary Artist, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Invited Works of Chinese Contemporary Sculpture, Nanshan Sculpture Institute, Shenzhen
Reality: Present and Future – 96 Chinese Contemporary Art,
Beijing International Art Palace, Beijing

45 Degree as a Reason, Postcard Exchange, Hangzou; Shanghai; Beijing
Womans Here, Contemporary Art Gallery, Beijing
Open Your Mouth, Close Your Eyes, Beijing–Berlin Art Exchange, Art Museum of Capital Teaching University, Beijing

Agree to 11/26 As a Reason, Postcard Exchange, Hangzou; Shanghai; Beijing
Kong Ling Kong: Seduction Series, Works of Zhan Wang, CAFA Gallery, Beijing

Taiwan-Beijing: Two Sides of the Straits, Sculpture Exchange, Gaoxiong Art Gallery, Taiwan; Beijing

Contemporary Youth Sculptor Invitation Exhibition, ZIFA Gallery, Hangzhou
20th Century China, China Art Gallery, Beijing

New Generation Art Exhibition, Chinese History Museum, Beijing

The First Studio Art Exhibition, CAFA Gallery, Beijing

Beijing Youth Art Exhibition, Chinese Art Gallery, Beijing