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"Seeds of Hamburg (12 works)" (2002-) is an important series of twelve c-print photographs by Chinese Contemporary artist Zhang Huan, that each sequentially depict Zhang in a provocative performance piece that took place in Hamburg Germany. This series is AP 5/5 from an edition of 25 + 5 AP. Each of the twelve photographs measure, paper size: 24 x 20.13 inches
(61 x 51.2 cm)/ image size: 20.13 x 16.13 inches (51.2 x 41 cm), all unframed and in excellent condition. This same edition AP 5/5 sold for an impressive $80,434 US premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $30,936 - 36,092 US at Sotheby's Hong Kong: Saturday, April 08, 2006, [Lot 00587] Chinese Contemporary Art.

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For this performance, which lasted only a few minutes, the artist was nude and covered in sunflower seeds. He then entered a cage made of wood and chicken wire that he designed, in which two wooden crates were stacked in front of a leafless maple tree. Once Zhang Huan was inside the cage, 28 doves were let in, some setting on the artist's body as he moved around the cage. To the sound of music by Wang Guotong, a Chinese composer whose compositions blend Asiatic and classical Western traditions, the audience witnessed an act as simple as it was symbolic- when all the doves were in the cage, the artist released one of them. The idea that life might one day sprout from the sunflower seeds is a promising thought that suggests hope throughout all cultures.

Zhang Huan studied at the Art Academy of Henan before graduating in 1991 from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Through photography, sculpture, performance art, painting, and prints, Zhang Huan is known for his pivotal works which often utilize his own body in painful practices to discuss moral, political, and ethical situations in Communist China. Whether wading through a pond, laying naked on a block of ice or covering himself in honey and flies, the artist employs meditation in order to overcome the performance rituals he executes in the name of art. He currently divides his time between New York, Shanghai and Berlin.
Select Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, (California, USA)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, (Pennsylvania, USA)
Rubell Family Collection, (Miami, Florida, USA)
Saatchi Collection (London, UK)
Museum of Art Lucerne, (Lucerne, Switzerland)
The Pompidou Center, (Paris, France)
Museum of Contemporary Art, (Leon, Spain)
Center of Contemporary Art, (Malaga, Spain)
National Gallery of Australia (Canberra, AU)
The National Gallery of Australia, (Australia)
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, (Israel)
Shanghai Art Museum (Shanghai, CN)
Fukuoka Art Museum, (Japan)
The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, (Tokyo, Japan)
The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, (Tokyo, Japan)

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Publication: L. Osborne, "Zhang's Dynasty," Men's Vogue, April 2008 (illustrated); E. Heartney, "Zhang Huan: Becoming the Body," in M. Chiu, ed., Zhang Huan - Altered States, Milan 2007, p. 45; Z. Huan, "A Piece of Nothing," in M. Chiu, ed., Zhang Huan - Altered States, Milan 2007, pp. 94-95 (illustrated); M. Gisbourne, Zhang Huan: Palimpsest "Writing on the Body," Germany, 2006; Y. Dziewior, "Seeds of Hamburg," Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg 2003
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  • The Artist. F2 Gallery. Present Collection, Switzerland.
  • Pickup Location: Switzerland
  • Shipping Dimensions: 21 x 16 in. (53.34 x 40.64 cm.)
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