Zhang Xiaogang: Bloodlines and Family
In 1993, Zhang Xiaogang began the Bloodline series, which comprises some of the most iconic images in Chinese contemporary art. In this video, he explains how his discovery of family photographs—thought to have been lost because many albums were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution—inspired these paintings.
In the series, Zhang makes little distinction between male and female facial features, suggesting an indifference to individuality. He established a clear identity as an artist by shedding Western aesthetics to focus on personal narrative and collective memory.
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.