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洪浩 清明上河图

Image (each pair of leaves): 14 1/4 × 24 1/2 in. (36.2 × 62.2 cm)

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Photo: courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Since the early 1990s, Hong Hao has been manipulating images—of world maps, Chinese scroll paintings, commercial advertisements, and his own possessions—to satirize contemporary China and its post-Mao ascendancy to global political and economic power. Working in series, and primarily using photography, Hong disrupts the historical, commercial, and authoritarian narratives that shape perceptions of Chinese society and culture. Among his earliest works is Selected Scriptures (1992-2012), a pseudo world atlas filled with maps visibly altered by such dominant forces as multinational corporations and military might. He is best known for “My Things” (begun 2001), a series of photographic prints of his seemingly unquantifiable possessions. Collaged into mesmerizingly detailed, formally and chromatically sophisticated compositions, these images of Hong’s “things” are portraits of the artist himself and of the communist-capitalist society he so effectively critiques in all of his work.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Hong HaoPace Gallery
2019
Civilization: The Way We Live NowUCCA
2013
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary ChinaThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Spring Festival along the River 清明上河图, 2000

Accordion album of thirty-four leaves; chromogenic print
14 1/4 × 24 1/2 in
36.2 × 62.2 cm
Location
New York

洪浩 清明上河图

Image (each pair of leaves): 14 1/4 × 24 1/2 in. (36.2 × 62.2 cm)

Medium
Image rights
Photo: courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Since the early 1990s, Hong Hao has been manipulating images—of world maps, Chinese scroll paintings, commercial advertisements, and his own possessions—to satirize contemporary China and its post-Mao ascendancy to global political and economic power. Working in series, and primarily using photography, Hong disrupts the historical, commercial, and authoritarian narratives that shape perceptions of Chinese society and culture. Among his earliest works is Selected Scriptures (1992-2012), a pseudo world atlas filled with maps visibly altered by such dominant forces as multinational corporations and military might. He is best known for “My Things” (begun 2001), a series of photographic prints of his seemingly unquantifiable possessions. Collaged into mesmerizingly detailed, formally and chromatically sophisticated compositions, these images of Hong’s “things” are portraits of the artist himself and of the communist-capitalist society he so effectively critiques in all of his work.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China
Other works by Hong Hao 洪浩
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