Zeng Fanzhi was born in 1964 in Wuhan, China. In the course of his training at the art school there he got to know both Chinese and Western art. Confronted with this all-embracing style, the viewer is reminded of Chinese landscape painting at the same time as he thinks of Warhol, Bacon, Balthus and Pollock.
This exhibition offers visitors the chance to discover the whole of Zeng Fanzhi's career via the presentation of forty paintings and sculptures in reverse order, from 2012 to 1990. Zeng Fanzhi's work mingles the history of China with his own personal history. His memories of a youth spent living near the hospital in Wuhan have left their mark on the early series of pictures, with their depictions of surgical operations, waiting rooms, meat and unclothed bodies. Nonetheless, Zeng Fanzhi's oeuvre can hardly be reduced to an assimilation of traditional and modernist paragons.