Zhang Xiaogang’s The Dark Trilogy: Fear, Meditation, Sorrow

Zhang Xiaogang’s The Dark Trilogy: Fear, Meditation, Sorrow

E xecuted from 1989 to 1990, Zhang Xiaogang’s The Dark Trilogy: Fear, Meditation, Sorrow, is a singular historical meditation, at once personal and monumental, by one of the most established Chinese contemporary artists of our generation. The elegiac triptych, one of only two recorded among his early works, speaks to the sequential themes
of terror, contemplation and melancholic acceptance. Seared with a haunting immediacy, the paintings shed the romantic lyricism of Zhang’s earlier works, revealing a condensed iconography that paved the way for his Bloodline series. This pivotal masterpiece will be presented and offered in its entirety as a triptych for the first time since the early 1990s, coming from the prestigious collection of Chinese contemporary art collector Johnson Chang.

The First Avant-Garde: Masterworks from the Johnson Chang Collection
ZHANG XIAOGANG
The Dark Trilogy: Fear, Meditation, Sorrow , 1989–90
HK$25,000,000–45,000,000

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