National Day, 2009

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Zhang Huan

© Zhang Huan Studio. Photo Fondation

Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage.

© Zhang Huan Studio. Photo Fondation

Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

© Zhang Huan Studio. Photo Fondation

Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

"National Day" (2009) depicts Tiananmen Square on the tenth anniversary of Mao Zedong’s declaration of the People’s Republic of China.

Symbolising a collective spirit and the eternal renewal of existence, the incense ash used to mark the canvas helps to give this work its memorial, meditative quality. “Ash is not ash or a material. It is a sort of soul, a memory, a collective blessing," explains the artist.

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Interview of the artist Zhang Huan during the visit of his studio in Shanghai.

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Zhang Huan

Born in 1965, in Anyang (China)
Lives and works in Shanghai (China)

Steeped in Buddhist philosophy, Zhang Huan explores themes relating to the mind/body connection and to cycles of life and death.
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