Zeng Fanzhi, Untitled, 2018. Photo: Zeng Fanzhi, 2019.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Adds Zeng Fanzhi Work to Its Collection

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has acquired Zeng Fanzhi’s nine-by-twelve-foot painting Untitled, 2018. The work is from a new series of abstracted landscapes, which mark a departure from the figurative paintings depicting hospital scenes and urban Chinese men that he was creating when he rose to prominence in the 1990s. The piece was purchased with funds donated by Dominic and Ellen Ng as part of the museum’s effort to grow its holdings of Chinese contemporary art.

“I believe that art can help bridge cultures and promote mutual understanding between people with different perspectives,” said Dominic Ng, chairman and CEO of East West Bank. “Chinese contemporary art has emerged as one of the most compelling areas of the global art landscape. The addition of a piece by Zeng Fanzhi—who is considered by many to be China’s greatest living artist—exemplifies Michael Govan’s vision to showcase a broad range of artistic voices and contributes to the ongoing cultural exchange between the East and the West.”

The painting will go on view in LACMA’s Ahmanson Building this month. Zeng’s work was also recently the subject of solo exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai. Zeng currently lives and works in Beijing.