Mask Series No. 10

Mask Series No. 10

1998
Artist
Zeng Fanzhi, Chinese, 1964
Born: Wuhan, China
Work Locations: Beijing, China
Country
China
painting
Oil paint on canvas
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
2001.888

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

Dimensions
height: 70 3/4 in, 179.7050 cm; width: 78 3/4 in, 200.0250 cm
Inscription
Bottom right corner "[Chinese characters] Zeng Fanzhi 98"
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art

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