Zhang Dali


Zhang Dali was born in Harbin, China, 1963. He graduated from the painting department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing with in 1987. Hes is an Influential figure in socio-political artistic movements in China. Challenged the conventional with his social documentation in graffiti, sculpture, photography and painting. Zhang went into exile after graduating from the Central Academy of Fine Arts and spent six years immersing himself in Western art and art history in Italy. Upon his return to Beijing, he developed a keen interest in portraiture (usually of himself), documentary art, and urban public, which often interrupted spaces with political statements of confrontation. The series of photographs "A second story" consists of propaganda and images found under the Mao government, which have been manipulated or modified to the artistic "vision" of politics and the appropriation of the President. He is  recognized as one of the first graphic designers and street artists in China.



Zhang Dali per Fondantico​, Fondantico, Boloña, Italy 

Beside City! Be Cityside!,​ Hefei Financial Harbor, Hefei, China
AK-47 di Zhang Dali,​ Art City, S. Giorgio in Poggiale, Boloña, Italy
META-MORPHOSIS – ZHANG DALI,​ Palazzo Fava, Boloña, Italy
Zhang Dali: Monumental Nature,​ Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Alter Ego, Annual Exhibition between China and Portuguese Speaking Countries​, Old Courthouse, Macao, China.

Body and Soul​, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Hague, Netherlands 

Permanence and Impermanence- New Works by Zhang Dali,​ Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China

Under the Sky​, Pekin Fine Arts, Hong Kong, China
World’s Shadow,​ Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany 
From Reality to Extreme Reality: Zhang Dali Retrospective,​ United Art Museum, Wuhan, China A Second History, Museo de Arte Contempoáneo de Buenos Aires​, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Square,​ Klein Sun Gallery, New York, USA

Zhang Dali - Second History​, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Shenyang, China

Zhang Dali Retrospective,​ Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA

World’s Shadows,​ Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Demolition: Second History​, The Charles Shain Library, Connecticut College, New London, CT

New Slogan,​ Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA

Extreme Reality,​ Tank Loft, Chongqing Contemporary Art Center, Chonqing, China Zhang Dali: A Second History​, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China Zhang Dali Solo Show,​ Bund 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China

Pervasion: Works by Zhang Dali​ (1995-2008), He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China Il Sogno Proibito della Nuova Cina,​ Palazzo Inghilterra, Turín, Italy

Slogans,​ Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, USA
The Road to Freedom,​ Red Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Chinese Offspring,​ Chinese Contemporary Gallery, New York, USA

Zhang Dali: Image and Revision in New Chinese Photography​, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Macalester College, St. Paul, USA
A Second History,​ Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA ; Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA

Sublimation​, Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China

New Works by Zhang Dali,​ Chinese Contemporary Gallery, Londres, RU

AK-47​, Galleria Il Traghetto, Venice, Italy; Galleria Gariboldi, Milán, ItalY

Beijing’s Face,​ Base Gallery, Tokio, Japón
Headlines​, Chinese Contemporary Gallery, Londresn, RU

AK-47​, The Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China

Dialogue​, Chinese Contemporary Gallery, Londresn, RU Dialogue and Demolition,​ The Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China

Rivoluzione e Violenza​, Galleria Studio 5, Boloña, Italy

Zhang Dali: Pitture a Inchiostro,​ Galleria Studio 5, Boloña, Italy

Wash Painting Exhibition by Zhang Dali,​ CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China



Paisajes en Tránsito​, Galería RGR, Ciudad de México, Mexico
NordArt International Art Exhibition​, Büdelsdorf, Germany
Golden Panda Photography Awards Exhibition,​ Chengdu Contemporary Image Museum, Chengdu, China

Beside City! Be Cityside!​ Hefei Financial Harbor, Hefei, China AK-47 di Zhang Dali​, Art City, S. Giorgio in Poggiale, Boloña, Italy META-MORPHOSIS – ZHANG DALI​, Palazzo Fava, Boloña, Italy

40 Years of Chinese Contemporary​, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China

All Matterings of Mind:​ Transcendent Imagery from the Contemporary Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University​, Durham, USA
Portrait Hot:​ Taikang Photography Collection, Taikang Space, Beijing, China
Street Generation(s) 40 years of urban art​, La Condition Publique, Roubaix, France
Attitude: Chinese-German contemporary artists exhibition​, Yun contemporary Arts Center, Shanghai, China
The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2016​, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China
40 Years od Chinse Contemporary Photography (1976-2017), Three Shadows Art Center, Beijing, China
Anren Biennale Anren-Chengdu,​ China
Working on History. Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution​, Satliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Chinascape: From Rural to Urban​, Spazioborgogno, Milán, Italy
Linda Gallery Beijing 10th Anniversary​, Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
Art From The Streets​, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
The Shadow Never Lies​, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Utopias and Heterotopias:​ Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition, North Silk Factory and West Scenic Zone,​ Wuzhen, China
Audacious: Contemporary Artist Speak Out​, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA
Busan Biennale​, Busan, Corea del Sur
Vile Bodies​, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Enduring Magnetism ​- Huang Rui, Gao Brothers, Zhang Dali, 1x3 Gallery, Beijing, China
Historicode: Scarcity & Supply​, The 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival, Baijia Lake Museum, Nanjing, China

Agitprop!​, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, Nueva York, EUA

Beyond the Earth- The First Xi’an Contemporary Photography Exhibition​, Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, China
A Touch of Classics: 100 Chinese Contemporary Works - Charles Jing Collection of Original Photo Prints, China Millennium Monument Art Museum, Beijing, China

Transgression​, Peking Hotel, Beijing, China
A New Dynasty – Created in China​, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark 
Grain to Pixel: A Story of Photography in China​, Shanghai Center of Photography, Shanghai, China Paradi$e Bitch,​ White Rabbit Gallery, Sidney, Australia
Unfamiliar Asia​: The Second Beijing Photo Biennial, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
The Civil Power​, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China
Suddenly Enlightened,​ United Art Museum, Wuhan, China
Getting Close to Art​, Chengdu Dujiangyan City Cultural Center, Chengdu, China
State of Play,​ White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia
Krakow Photomonth 2015​, Foundation for Visual Arts, Cracovia, Poland 
We are Together​ – 2015 Chengdu Public Art Season, Chengdu Central Square, Chengdu, China The Persistence of Images​: 2x6, Redtory, Guangzhou, China

Focus Beijing​: Des Heus-Zomer Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands 
Echo: Study on Presentation of Multidimensional Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art,​ United Art Museum, Wuhan, China
4th Singapore International Photography Festival, ArtScience Museum, Singapur
From Granulation to Pixel: Chinese Contemporary Photography,​ MoCA, Shanghai, China
Chinese Contemporary Photography 2009 – 2014,​ Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

FUCK OFF 2​, The Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands 
The 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venecia, Italy 
Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art,​ Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, EUA
RE-INK: Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Ink and Wash Painting 2000-2012​, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, Hubei, China; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Individual Growth – Momentum of Contemporary Art,​ Tianjin Art Museum, Tianjin, China Incarnations​, Institut Confucius des Pays de la Loire d’Angers, Angers, France
The First Beijing Photography Biennale​, China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
World’s Shadows,​ Photo Phnom Penh 2013, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Spectacle Reconstruction – Chinese Contemporary Art,​ MODEM, Debrecen, Hungría Aftermath: Witnessing War, Countenancing Compassion​, 21c Museum, Louisville, USA

OMEN 2012 – Chinese New Art​, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Raze,​ Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Faking It:​ Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, EUA
The 4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture,​ The Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, EUA

Start from the Horizon- Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Since 1978,​ Sishang Art Museum, Beijing, China
Guanxi: Contemporary Chinese Art​, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
New Photography 2011​, Museum of Modern Art, Nueva York, EUA
The 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venecia, Italia
Scenes from Within: Contemporary Art from China,​ Blackbridge Hall Gallery, Georgia College, Milledgeville, EUA
Black and White,​ Zero Art Museum, Beijing, China
The Life and Death of Buildings,​ Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, EUA
Changwon Asia Art Festival​, Seongsan Art Hall, Changwon, Corea del Sur
The Evolving Art​, Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

6th Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China

The Original Copy: Photography of a Sculpture, 1839 to Today​, Museum of Modern Art, Nueva York, EUA
Exhibition, Exhibition​, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turín, Italia
Hong Kong Photo Festival, Hong Kong, China

Zhang Dali: A Second History, 41st Les Rencontres d’Arles,​ Espace Van Gogh, Arles, Francia A Decade-Long Exposure​, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
Dimensionality,​ Red Star Gallery, Beijing, China
Great Performance​, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China

Ame de Chine,​ Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris, Francia
From New York to Beijing: Graffiti - Blogging in the Street - Blade and Zhang Dali​, C-Space, Beijing, China
Re-Visioning History,​ OV Gallery, Shanghai, China
Reshaping History - Chinart from 2000-2009,​ National Conference Center, Beijing, China
China’s Soul, Magda Danysz Gallery, París, Francia

Chasing Flames​, Eli Klein Fine Art, Nueva York, EUA
Quadrilogy: Conflicting Tales: Subjectivity,​ DAAD Gallery, Berlín, Alemania
Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Chicano Art,​ USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, EUA
Re-imaging Asia​, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, RU
Stairway to Heaven: From Chinese Streets to Monuments and Skyscrapers​, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, EUA
Contemporary Chinese Prints,​ Pace Prints, Nueva York, EUA
The Very Condition,​ Wall Art Museum, Beijing, China
Images from History​, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Collision​, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
Transforming Traditions​, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver, EUA
From Style Writing to Art – Street Art Group Show,​ 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China

Stairway to Heaven: From Chinese Streets to Monuments and Skyscrapers​, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, EUA

Five Years of Duolun –Chinese Contemporary Art Retrospective Exhibition​, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
The Revolution Continues: New Art From China​, Saatchi Museum, Londres, RU
Logan Collection,​ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, EUA

China Gold,​ Musee Maillol, París, Francia
Zhang Dali and Shen Shaomin​, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, EUA
The Avant-garde in the ‘80s and ‘90s of the Last Century in China,​ Groninger Museum, Groningen, Paises Bajos
Guang Hua Road​, Michael Schultz Gallery, Beijing, China
Exquisite Corpse: China Surreal​, M97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
Go China! –Writing on the Wall Groninger Museum,​ Groningen, Paises Bajos
Re-Imagining Asia: Asian Coordinates​, House of World Cultures, Berlín, Alemania

All of our Tomorrows: The Culture of Camouflage,​ Kunstraum der Universität, Lünenburg, Alemania Unexpected: Out of Control​, Ku Art Center, Beijing, China
China Now,​ Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam, Paises Bajos
Red Hot,​ Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, EUA
Three Unitary​, DDM, Shanghai, China
La Cina e’ vicina​, Mediterranea Gallery, Palermo, Italia
Past Forward​, Oriental Vista Art Collections, Shanghai, China

Radar: Selections from the Collection of Kent and Vicki Logan​, Denver Art Museum, Denver, EUA China Now,​ Essl Museum, Viena, Austria
6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Corea del Sur
Red Star​, Red Star Gallery, Beijing, China
Great Performance​, Max Protetch, New York, EUA

Wall,​ Millennium Museum, Beijing, China
Mayfly​, Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China
The Game of Realism,​ Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China

Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition,​ Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, Paises Bajos

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China,​ International Center of Photography, Nueva York; Asia Society, Nueva York, NY; Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Victoria & Albert Museum, Londres, UK; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, EUA
Critical Mass,​ Chinese Contemporary Gallery, Beijing, China
Me! Me! Me! T​ he Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China

The Logan Collection​, Denver Art Museum, Denver, EUA
China-Germany Art​, Factory 798, Beijing, China
Festival Internazionale di Roma,​ L'Officina-Arte del Borghetto, Roma, Italia

New Photography from China​, The Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
1st Guangzhou Triennial,​ Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China International Photography Festival​, Pingyao International Photography Museum, Pingyao, China

Courtyard Gallery August Group Show​, The Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
China Art Now,​ Singapore Art Museum, Singapur
Contemporary Chinese Photography​, Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, Finland; Finland Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finlandia
Hot Pot: Chinese Contemporary Art​, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Noruega

Fuck Off,​ Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China

Artistes Contemporains Chinois​, Musee des Tapisseries, Aix-en-Provence, Francia Thought Brand Meat Mincer​, Dongsi 8 Tiao, Beijing, China
Food as Art​, Club Vogue, Beijing, China
Serendipity,​ The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokio, Japón

Transparence Opacite? Touming bu touming​, Maison de la Villette, París, Francia
Food for Thought,​ DAE, Eindhoven, Paises Bajos
Beijing in London,​ Institute of Contemporary Art, Londres, RU
HSIN: a visible spirit​, Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA; BC Space Gallery, Laguna Beach, EUA
The World Is Yours!​ Design Museum, Beijing, China
Unveiled Reality-Chinese Contemporary Photography,​ Chulalongkom University Museum, Bangkok, Tailandia
Chinese Contemporary Photography​, Bard College, Red Hook, Nueva York, EUA

Chinese Artists Group Show,​ Chinese Contemporary Gallery, Londres, RU Chinese Contemporary Photography​, Lehman College, Nueva York, EUA 11th Tallinn Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia
Urbanity​, Wang Shou Temple Art Museum, Beijing, China

W 2+ Z 2- Multi-media and video Exhibition​, Gallery of the National Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

La Formazione della Terra​, Goethe Institute Gallery, Turín, Italia

Arte Deperibile,​ Spazio Cultura Navile, Boloña, Italia Zona Internazionale,​ Neon Gallery, Boloña, Italia

Collettiva di artisti cinesi​, Il Sigillo Gallery, Padova, Italia

Pittura su Carta,​ Galleria Communale, Ferrara, Italia

Wash Painting Salon in Peking​, Capital Museum (Confucius Temple), Beijing, China

Three Men Show​, Sun Yat Sen Park, Beijing, China



White Rabbit Collection, Sidney,


Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japón

Estados Unidos de América

21c Museum, Louisville, KY
Asia Society, New York, NY
AW Asia Foundation, New York, NY
The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA International Center of Photography, New York, NY Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, SC

The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Smart Museum, Chicago, IL
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX