Zhang Hongtu Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Zhang Hongtu
Long Live Chairman Mao Series #29


Acrylic and quaker oats box

24.4 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm
Zhang Hontu grew up through both the Chinese Civil War and the ensuing Cultural Revolution before immigrating to New York in 1982. Zhang’s Long Live Chairman Mao Series #29 portrays a humorously critical blend of these ‘diametric’ cultures, transplanting the omni-present image of Zedong from his childhood into a parody western logo. Mao’s apparition on a box of Quaker Oats - all-American emblem of wholesome goodness - is nothing short of miraculous: The image is actually the real label, altered ever so slightly. The uncanny resemblance between communist leader and puritan farmer ironically confuses propaganda, religion, and ideology with the kitsch of advertising and cult of personality; like Elvis and Jesus, once you start looking Mao can be found everywhere.

Zhang Hongtu's Biography

Zhang Hongtu
Born in Pingliang, Gansu Province, China

Lives and works in New York


Zhang Hongtu, Selected work, William Holland & Drury Gallery, Marlboro College, Vermont
Dialogue with the Taipei Palace Museum, Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Icon & Innovations: The Cross-Cultural Art of Zhang Hongtu, The Gibson Gallery, State University of New York at Potsdam

New Paintings, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York

Repaint Chinese Shan Shui Painting, Yale-China Association, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Zhang Hongtu, New Works, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York

Reflections Abroad: the Journey of Zhang Hongtu 1982-1996, Anthony Giordano Gallery, Oakdale, NY
Soy Sauce, Lipstick, Charcoal, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,Hong Kong
Chairmen Mao, Groton School, Groton , Massachussets

Zhang Hongtu: Material Mao, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York

Material Mao, Gallery 456, Chinese American Arts Council, New York


Reinventing Tradition in New World, Schmucker Art Gallery. Gettysburg College, Gettysburg
Out of Time, Out of Place, Out of China; Reinventing Chinese Tradition in a New Century, University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered, Princeton University Art Museum
A Brush with Tradition: Chinese Tradition and Contemporary Art, Newark Museum
BQE, White Box, New York

Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
AJATA-Unconquerable, the Station, Houston, Texas
Queens International, Queens Museum of Art, Queens
Paris-Pekin, Espace Cardin, Paris
ConversASIAN, National Gallery, Cayman Island

Cross+Overs, Market Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Lineage, d.u.m.b.o. Arts Center, New York
Word and Meaning, University at Buffalo Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Transience, Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, travelled to University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, Oreg and The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Global Roots: Chinese Artists Working in New York, Purdue University
Kunming New York Montreal, OBSERVATOIRE4, Quebec

Kimchi Xtravaganza! Korean American Museum, Los Angeles

Icons of Power, Eighth Floor Gallery, New York

Body Language, Jamaica Arts Center, New York
Other Choices/Other Voices, Islip Museum, New York

Small World - Small Works, Galerie + Edition Caoc, Berlin, Germany
The Fifth Biennial of Havana, Havana, Cuba
Ad-Vance, Pfizer Corp. N.Y., Curated by the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Beyond the Borders: Art by Recent Immigrant, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York

Teddy Bear, Potato, Lipstick and Mao, Art in General, New York
Reflections for Peace, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas
The Curio Shop, Artists Space, New York

Four Artists from China, American Museum of Natural History, New York

China Avant Garde, China National Gallery, Beijing

Four Artists from China, American Museum of Natural History, New York