Mask Series No. 10

1998

Object

Artist

Zeng Fanzhi, Chinese, 1964
Born: Wuhan, China
Work Locations: Beijing, China

Country

Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2001.888

Medium/Technique

Oil paint on canvas

Credit

Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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Dimensions

height: 70 3/4 in, 179.7050 cm; width: 78 3/4 in, 200.0250 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Caption

Zeng Fanzhi, Mask Series No. 10, 1998. Oil paint on canvas, 70 ¾ x 78 ¾ in.

Inscription

Bottom right corner "[Chinese characters] Zeng Fanzhi 98"

Extended Info

Masks became powerful symbols for Zeng Fanzhi, who used them to explore individuality and express the alienation he experienced when he moved to Beijing. “I saw myself in that mask, saw that in my heart there were a lot of complexities,” he said.

The masks might imply that the figures are concealing their true selves, but Zeng’s statement suggests more complicated realities of human existence. Given their clothing, postures, and masked expressions, what story do you think Zeng is telling? 

 

 

© Zeng Fanzhi

Exhibition History

  • "Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out" —Denver Art Museum, 2/21/2016-2/20/2018