Beijing-based artist Zhao Zhao was born in 1982 in Xinjiang, graduating from the Xinjiang Institute of the Arts in 2003. Later, he attended the Beijing Film Academy. He was formerly an assistant to Ai Weiwei, but struck out on his own in 2011. An artist of increasing reputation, he is considered to be a prominent member of the post-1980s generation of contemporary Chinese artists. His work is anti-authoritarian, challenging existing political and social systems, questioning the ideologies that underpin them and advocating free will in his work. A multidisciplinary artist of visually stunning, provocative work, he shows internationally.
Interview by LILLY WEI
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY
Translation by ALEX MA
China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795
China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795, Royal Academy of Arts,12 November 2005-17 April 2006. Paintings, dress, porcelains, lacquers and furnishings that the rulers themselves employed in elaborate performances.
The Arthur M Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, Peking University, China
Arthur M Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University – From the time of his first visit to China in 1976, Dr Arthur M Sackler had expressed a deep interest in helping the archaeologists and art historians of that country in their efforts to conserve the rich heritage of their ancient culture.
Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Established in 1928, the China Academy of Art is the first comprehensive art academy in China committed to integrating eastern and western art in its curriculum, while creating contemporary art according to the principles of Chinese culture. The new Xiangshan campus, located in the outskirts of Hangzhou, marks another chapter in the development of the school towards a 21st-century educational model.
LAVA: Home of the Future
Home of the Future, one of the prominent and current projects by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) Asia Pacific, was exhibited at the University of Technology Sydney Architecture Warehouse in Chippendale, Sydney, 16 March
The Beijing National Stadium - Beijing Olympic Architecture in Retrospect I
The Beijing National Stadium – Beijing Olympic Architecture in Retrospect I – The modern day Olympic Games has been than just a sporting event where thousands of athletes gather in a host country to compete against each other and challenge Man