Artist|Zhang Hao
Special Guest|Dr. Xia Kejun
Curator|He Yongmiao

Opening | 15:00 p.m. 2016.1.17

Duration|2016.01.17 – 2016.4.17  

Renke is pleased to present “Enlightened Space: Zhang Hao Solo Exhibition” from January 17 to April 17 2016. The exhibition was curated by art director of Renke Gallery He Yongmiao, also invited famous art critics, associate professor of Renmin University of China Dr. Xia Kejun as a special guest. The exhibition focused on 12 latest works by Zhang Hao, considering comprehensively the relationship between the exhibition space and the art works.










1962 born in Tianjing, China

1985 graduated from Professor Shu Chuanxi’s Studio, Chinese Traditional Painting Dept., Zhejiang Academy of Art (now China Academy of Art), remained as a tutor.

Professor and Postgraduate Supervisor, China Academy of Art, CAA 

Guest Professor, Dept. Art of Anhui University





Solo Exhibitions

2013   What Art Gives Me, Renkeart Art Gallery, Hangzhou, China

2013   The Shape of Journeys, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hongkong, China

2012   Spiritual Journey, Sanshang Contemporary Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

2010   Combination: Spiritual Journey of Zhang Hao, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

2009   The Power of Ink Painting, Bole Gallery, Shanghai, China

2007   Construct: Chinese Ink Painting by Zhang Hao, Sanshang Contemporary Art Museum, Beijing, China

2006   Chinese Ink Painting Series: Zhang Hao’s Solo Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2002   Zhang Hao: Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting, Paris International Art City, France

1994   Zhang Hao: Exploring Chinese Ink Painting, Contemporary Art Museum, Beijing, China



Group Exhibition

2015    Cross the Year, Renke Art Gallery, Hangzhou, China

2014    2014 ARTE FIERA, Bologna, Italy

2013    Image and Words: Since Magritte Era, National Art Museum Of China, Beijing, China

2013    The Creation of Culture Context: Ink and Wash Articles – Series Exhibitions On Contemporary Ink Painting, Wuhan Art Musuem, Wuhan, China

2013    In Transit, Renke Art Gallery, Hangzhou, China

2012    The Exhibition Cross the Year, Sanshang Contemporary Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

2012    Primary Forms of Ink and Wash, Shanchuan Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing, China

2012    Micro Garden: China and Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Renke Art Gallery, Hangzhou, China           

2011    Great Heaven of Abstract, MARCO, Roma, Italy

2006    Shanghai New Ink Painting Exhibition, Toronto, Canada

2000    Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China

1998    The first Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennale, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

1991    The first Chinese Contemporary Art Documentation Exhibition, Chinese Painting Research Institute, Beijing, China





Enlightened Space

Text/He Yongmiao



Space! What kind of space?
Spirit! What kind of spirit?

Martin Heidegger once said: ‘Language is the house of Being. In its home man dwells.’ A pioneering contemporary artist must make his contribution on the inheritance and innovation of the language. Throughout Zhang Hao’s decades of creation, I trace backward the original reasons: he returned and vitalized the ancient genes of the meta-language, “…like cloud and mist, fire and water, sun and moon, vertically and horizontally, as if an abstract visualization of the nature, then we can call it calligraphy…”, Zhang Hao awakened the thousand years of meanings, cracked the codes of the meta-language: like the water-stains on the wall, drawing sand with an awl, like folding a hairpin, affixing the seals……attentively and vigorously, as if ten thousand arrows shot at once. Nowadays, such language has a tendency of disappearing.

Chinese calligraphy and ink painting are of the same origin, the core language is the brushstrokes. On the basis of solving the problem of language inheritance, Zhang Hao extracted an independent spiritual world by using pure ink. It is not merely a plane composition, why? Zhang Hao utilized the language to shape the spirit, simultaneously enlightened a real space, a tangible space led by feelings, a complexity sensed by sight, smell, touching and hearing…all the senses are reminders of the spiritual world of the artist, avoided the covering of symbols and forms, thus became a independent and primitive real space. In such space, if one plus another millimeter or reduce another, the spirituality would start to dwindle.

Such tangible space led by feelings has its feature of time, it is a hidden moment, as if the streams of consciousness in James Joyce’s Ulysses, a dwelling of transcendent experience in the depth of memory, a pure subjective consciousness, a lofty spirit. 


Just as described by the artist himself, ‘using calligraphic thinking’ when he picks up a hairbrush, it needs a long time of preparation for entering the such state of mind, only by extremely slow incubation, then endowing the space a sufficient quantity of emotion, endowing a dimension of time and a potency of imagination, thus, plateaued a enlightened space. In the brushstrokes, in the gaps of black and white, in the fissions, folds and releasing... leaving a great impact on the spectators.

By which means we searching for the invisible spirit?

The light!





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