Zhang Wei: Inside ‘Fusuijing Building’

In this video, Zhang Wei describes the conditions of living in the Fusuijing Building in central Beijing. His small landscape work Fusuijing Building from 1975 documents the scene outside the window of his apartment in Fusuijing Building, where the pioneering No Name Group’s first exhibition took place in 1975.

The perspective suggests that the artist was looking from a dark interior onto an open street outside, alluding to the underground status of the collective during that period. Zhang’s early works from the 1970s reflect the lack of artistic freedom during the Cultural Revolution, when art was mainly made for propaganda and political purposes.

Oil on paper landscape painting overlooking a pale beige building and sky of pale blue. A dark brown window frame in the foreground encloses the view behind.

Zhang Wei, Fusuijing Building,1975, oil on paper. M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong. © Zhang Wei

Part of the series “Inside the M+ Sigg Collection

Inside the M+ Sigg Collection introduces you to the M+ Sigg Collection, recognised as the world’s most comprehensive and important collection of Chinese contemporary art.