Zhang Ding (born in 1980 in Gansu Province, based in Shanghai) is one of the most active and influ-ential Chinese artists in the international art scene. For more than a decade, Zhang Ding is known for creating large-scale sculptures, installations and videos, and also for periodically curating live events that are musical and performative in nature, collaborating with artists from all fields.
Zhang Ding's large-scale installations are totalised and integrated; the meticulous structures combin-ing the artist’s favourite motifs and formal elements assimilate various components together into an architectonic entity. From a New Brutalist gesture that locks down a museum space in Shanghai, turning it into a prison; to a conceptual and physical staircase between different project spaces in downtown Beijing; to a series of impromptu gigs over a period of fortnight at the ICA London, inviting bands and musicians to improvise one next to another, compressing and distorting sounds, images and spaces, Zhang Ding presents and deals with live processes and experiences in a thorough and novel fashion.
2015 TANC Asia Prize Winner; 2017 Porsche Young Chinese Artist of the Year Prize Winner.
Selected exhibitions: Zhang Ding: CON TROL CLUB, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai (2020)； Zhang Ding: High-Speed Forms, OCAT Shanghai (2019); Safe House, Zhang Ding Solo Exhibition, the Bunker, Wyoming Project and the KWM art center, Beijing(2018); VORTEX, ZHANG Ding Solo Exhibition, ShanghART, Shanghai (2017); CONTROL CLUB, Launch Project, Shanghai (2016); Devouring Time, RAM, Shanghai (2016); Enter the Dragon III, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (2016); Enter the Dragon II, Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); Enter the Dragon, ICA London, U.K. (2015); Orbit of Rock, ShanghART, Beijing (2014); Orbit: Zhang Ding Solo Project, The Armory Show, Focus Section, New York, U.S.A. (2014); Gold & Silver, ZHANG Ding Solo Exhibition, Galerie Krinzinger, Wien, Austria (2013); Meanwhile… Suddenly, and Then, the Biennale of Lyon, Lyon, France (2013); Perspectives 180 - Unfinished Country: New Video from China, The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, U.S.A. (2012).