Chronology of Zhang Langlang

 

 

 

 

 

 

1943

Born November 7 in Yan'an, China.


1946 to 1948 (age 3-5)

The family moved to Northeast China. At that time, his father Zhang Ding served as the editor-in-chief of the Northeast China Pictorial. His mother Chen Buwen first served as the secretary of Li Lisan, and later as a reporter of the Northeast China Daily. Zhang Langlang and Chen Qiaoqiao, his sister, was in Cadre Children's School of the Fourth Field Army of the People's Liberation Army.


1949 (age 6)

In the spring, in order to prepare for the founding of New China, his father Zhang Ding came to the Shuangqing Villa in the Fragrant Hill on the outskirts of Peking. As required by his superiors, he served as a team leader to design the emblem of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference ("CPPCC") and the commemorative stamps of the first CPPCC Conference. He was also responsible for the art design of the founding ceremony of the People's Republic of China, the design and renewal of Huairen Hall and Qinzheng Hall, and the design of the Tiananmen Square Ceremony and the first batch of ordinary stamps and commemorative stamps of new the PRC.


In September, Chen Buwen took the children to Beijing. She worked in the office of Premier Zhou Enlai in Zhongnanhai and served as a confidential secretary. The family lived in No. 12 of Caoduo Hutong at the north exit of Beichizi Street. They soon moved to the outer courtyard of No. 4 Jikeng Hutong in Qihelou Street.


1950 (age 7)
Zhang Langlang went to Yucai Primary School.


1952 (age 9)
His mother brought Zhang Langlang back to her hometown in Wuxudai Village, Menghe Town, a suburb of Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, where the mountains and waters impressed Zhang Langlang countless so much. Children, buffaloes, and lotus were fairy tales that he has never forgotten. "In the shadow of apricot flowers, someone plays the flute to the dawn. "In 2016 he painted "Playing the Flute to the Dawn" to recalled this experience.

The family moved into the dormitory of the Central Academy of Fine Arts at 2A Dayabao Hutong, neighbored by the families of Likushan, Dong Xiwen, Li Keran and Zhang Langlang's painting "Celebrate Every Day" in 2016 reflects the scene of people pulling ropes and drying bedding and mattress in the middle courtyard of 2A Dayabao Hutong.


1956-1957 (age 13-14)
Zhang Langlang became the only student in Yucai Middle School who was admitted to No. 4 Middle School and was elected the class leader. Every page of his textbooks was painted during class. He had two friends: Min Lefu (a famous educational scholar) and Liu Qi. They often drew caricatures for teachers and classmates. In the same year, China participated in the Paris International Exposition for the first time. Zhang Ding was the chief designer of the China Pavilion. He also visited France as a member of the Chinese cultural delegation and met with Picasso. He brought many painters 'albums from abroad, including Bernard Buffet, Joan Miró, Amedeo Modigliani, and Georges Rouault, having a great influence on Zhang Langlang's painting experience.


1958 (age 15)
The family moved to Baijiazhuang. Because it was impossible to live on campus, Langlang returned to Yucai Middle School in the senior year due to traffic inconvenience. At that time, Zhang Langlang called himself "a poet against bureaucrats and petty bourgeois." Together with Zhang Jiuxing and Gan Lulin, they recited Mayakovsky's poems in the campus woods every morning, becoming"scenery" in Yucai Middle School.


1959 (age 16)
He was admitted to Beijing 101 Middle School where he met with his brother Yan Jun who had lost touch with him in Yan'an (Zhang Langlang once wrote an article "Geng Jun and Lang Lang - 101 Middle School Legend"). He took a year off from school because of rheumatism and heart disease.


1960 (age 17)
He transferred to the middle school affiliated to Beijing Foreign Studies University. He often read, wrote, and drew with Zhang Jiuxing and several other classmates. The school was close to Glass Street, so they often went there to read books. He also read his parents' collections, books borrowed from school and from writer Haimo. Zhang Langlang once painted a painting for Haimo (the screenwriter of "People on the Prairie"). It was lost in the Cultural
Revolution. "The impression of Haimo" was painted again in 2102 and completed in 2014.

In 1946, Jiamusi. From left: Zhang Langlang, his father Zhang Ding, his sister Chen Qiaoqiao

In 1947, Harbin. Zhang Langlang
and his sister Chen Qiaoqiao (left)

A family photo in 1955. From left in the back row: Zhang Langlang, Chen Qiaoqiao, from left in the front row: Chen Buwen was holding Zhang Liaoliao, Zhang Ding was holding Zhang Dawei.

In 1955, Beijing. From right: Li Lin (Li Kuchan's eldest daughter), Huang Yongyu, Li Yan, Yuan Ji, Yuan Cong, Cheng Wushan, Zhang Langlang, Dong Shabei, Yan Bing, Dong Shalei, Li Xiaoke.

In 1959, four brothers took a photo. Mother Chen Buwen wrote on the back of the photo with a brush: "Gengjun is 19 years old, Zhang Langlang is 16 years old, Dawei is 10 years old, and Liaoliao is 7 years old. It is taken on the 10th anniversary of the National Day in Beijing. "

When he graduated from middle school in 1959, Zhang Langlang (middle) took a photo with his classmates Zhang Jiuxing (left) and Gan Lulin (right). The two poetry friends passed away in the "Cultural Revolution."

1961 (age 18)
Zhang Langlang created the decorative painting "Dan Ke's Heart."


1962 (age 19)
Zhang Langlang and some of his classmates and friends were passionate about literature and art. They often get together to read books, write poetry and paint, forming a literary salon. Zhang Langlang naturally became a spiritual leader.


The Central Academy of Arts and Crafts organized a literary and artistic poetry recitation. Zhang Langlang recited his long poem "Burning Heart" and received an enthusiastic response. After the recitation, when talking about the last sentence of the poem, "We are a solar column," Dong Shabei (son of Dong Xiwen) proposed to set up a "solar column", and everyone agreed. At the end of the same year, the inaugural meeting of the "Sun Column" was held in a vacated classroom in the Youzhuang Building of Beijing Normal University. The members were: Zhang Langlang, Zhang Xinhua, Zhang Jiuxing, Zhang Zhenzhou, Dong Shabei, Yu Zhixin, Zhang Runfeng, Yang Xiaomin, Ju Huizhu and so on. Zhang Langlang drafted the articles of regulation and proposed to revitalize Chinese literature and art. Zhang Langlang created the one-act drama "Dialogue", a screenplay "Peacock Stone" and a collection of short poems. Among them, the poem "Pigeon" was the most circulated one.


1963 (age 20)
He was admitted to the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages and the Central Academy of Fine Arts at the same time. He abandoned the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages by automatically dropping out of school and transferred to the Art History and Art Theory Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Under the influence of his father and Ding Shaoguang's decorative paintings, he created a number of works. He bound them together and named the collection "Follow the Dreams", which was called literati paintings by his father. He used a whole piece of rice paper for the portrait of the father, which applied modern techniques and advertising pigments to realize color distinctions and strong contrast. Watching it, his father said: "Although you have entered the Academy of Fine Arts and received basic training for a period of time, your strokes are still very unskilled. This is not easy. Skilled lines don't make a good painter because they easily become slippery. The unskilled lines are painted by the artist's sincerity and enthusiasm. The line has its own life. If there is no power, it cannot work. " These paintings were lost in the Cultural Revolution.


1964 (age 21)

The submission of his long poem "Marching Horn" to "People's Literature" caused a great shock in the upper classes of the literary and art circles. When the Central Academy of Fine Arts learned that, Zhang Langlang was included in the top ten talents of the Academy.


1965 (age 22)
The portrait of Jiang Dingyue, the daughter of Jiang Guangnai, was painted this year. However, it was lost in the Cultural Revolution. In 2011, he repainted "Impression of Dingyue." This year, he met Guo Hanbo and Mariana (now the famous French sinologist Mrs. Basti), two French students of Peking University.


1966 (age 23)
In June 1966, the "Cultural Revolution" began and the rebel faction held the "Evil Exhibition of Zhang Ding" at the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts; The vast majority of works and personal collections were destroyed. Zhang Ding was criticized and denounced in public at Beijing University of Technology, and Zhang Langlang was taken to accompany his father. In September, Zhang Langlang and his classmate Wuhong sneaked out and took the train to Guangzhou and Xiamen. They returned to Beijing at the end of the year.


1967 (age 24)
Zhang Langlang became the monitoring target of the Beijing Public Security Bureau at that time. Not daring go home and school, Zhang Langlang hid around.


1968 (age 25)

He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts History and Art Theory of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. At that time, streets and alleys of Beijing were posted with wanted orders to capture Zhang Langlang. Before leaving Beijing, Zhang Langlang said goodbye to his friends Wang Dongbai and Guo Lusheng and the former asked Langlang to write a poem for him. He said that I would write a title for you, so he hurriedly wrote: "Believe in the Future" on the title page of a notebook. Later Guo Lusheng became famous for his poem entitled "Believe in the Future." Zhang Langlang was taken to a "black jail" in the middle school of the Academy of Fine Arts where he was tortured and interrogated in prison. There were three charges against him: "vicious attack on the head of the Central Government," "illicit relations with a foreign country," and "conspiracy to commit treason." On June 14, Zhang Langlang was put into No. 44 Detention Center of the Beijing Public Security Bureau.


1969 (age 26)
In May, he was transferred to a small courtyard in the north part of the detention center, In the study class, he experienced a utopian love with his cellmate Sun Xiuzhen. Later, Zhang Langlang's painting "Impression" in 2006 was nostalgia for Sun Xiuzhen. In the study class, Fan Zhuming, a cellmate, drew two small paintings with red and blue pencils and pieces of stationery "Lost" and "Past" which were hidden in two balls of thread and taken out of prison by Fan. In the 1970s, Fan asked Ying Xiaole, an American painter and the eldest daughter of Ying Ruocheng, the former Minister of Culture, to copy and enlarge the "Past", and later the original was lost in the Ying's. In October, Zhang Langlang was transferred to Hebei Raoyang Detention Center. His cellmate was violinist Yang Bingsun. ("Financial Weekly" on April 16, 2016, published Zhang Langlang's prose "Chief Yang in Prison").

In 1963, Zhang Langlang was admitted to the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

On December 30, 1977, Zhang Langlang and his parents were at home in Beijing on the first day that he was released from prison.

At home in Beijing in 1978, from left: Chen Buwen, Chen Qiaoqiao, Zhang Xinhua, Wei Wei (Chen Qiaoqiao's daughter), Zhang Langlang.

1970 (age 27)
On February 9, he was sentenced to death and sent to the death penalty cell of the Detention Center of the Public Security Bureau at No. 44 Beijing Banbu Bridge. Zhang Langlang used handcuffs to engrave "from the universe, back to the universe" on the wall of the cell.


1971 (age 28)
In May, he was sent back to Hebei Raoyang Detention Center.


1974 (age 31)
In May, he was sentenced to 15-years imprisonment and was sent to No. 2 Prison in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province.

1976 (age 33)
He cooperated with one of his cellmates to reproduce a 212 Jeep which Zhang Langlang was responsible for the drawings, which was presented as a gift for the "Promoting revolution and production" activity. Therefore, his sentence was reduced to 13 years.


1977 (age 34)
On December 30th, he was released on bail and returned to his home in Beijing.


1978-1980 (age 35-37)
He served as a teacher of the Department of Fine Arts History of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and editor of the journal "Chinese Art" and "World Art". During this period, he painted a number of decorative paintings and many cat-themed paintings.


1979 (age 36)
On April 10, the Intermediate People's Court of Beijing Municipality changed the Verdict of Guilty on Zhang Langlang into the Verdict of Not Guilty. On September 26, Zhang Ding presided over a large mural at the Capital International Airport and painted "Prince Nezha's Triumph against the Dragon King." Zhang Langlang published an article in "Stamps" magazine "From a stamp to Degas."


1980 (age 37)
He went to Hong Kong and returned to Beijing as the chief representative of Hong Kong Keyuan in Beijing.


1983 (age 40)
He took the position of the editor of China International Trade magazine.

1984 (age 41)
He served as the general manager of "International New Technology" magazine. A commentary on the famous painter Lin Fengmian was published in the Hong Kong Ming Pao Monthly.


1985 (age 42)
In December, her mother Chen Buwen deceased in Beijing. Zhang Langlang served as vice chairman of the China Art News.


1986 (age 43)
He had heart surgery in Hong Kong.


1987 (age 44)
Sun Changhua, a friend of Zhang Langlang selected a number of his paintings to hold an exhibition at Maine State University. His novel "The Story of Laotao" won the Best Novella Award of the "Zhongshan Literature Award". He moved to No. 10, Suzhou Hutong, Nanchi Street. In this small courtyard, Zhang Langlang painted many characters and landscapes with Chinese ink and rice paper. However, the number of cat-themed paintings was the largest. One of them is "Helpless and Chaotic". The paintings were lost later, leaving only some pictures. In 2018, "Helpless and Chaotic" was repainted in oil
according to the photos.


1988 (age 45)
He went to New York to study English and discussed painting with Liu Xiaodong and other painters.


1989 (age 46)
He was appointed as the director of the Beijing office of China Resources (China) Advertising Company. In November, he returned to the United States as a visiting scholar at the Institute of East Asian Studies at Princeton University.


1990 (age 47)

He published the article "The Scorching Sunshine" in the "Nineties" Magazine in Hong Kong to introduce the painter Liu Xiaodong.


1991 (age 48)
On April 16th, he published prose in the online edition of "Huaxia Digest", which is the earliest Chinese online literature in China. Zhang Langlang is also the first online writer in China.


1992 (age 49)
"From Hometown to the End of the World" was published by Taiwan Fengyun Times Press. Sun Changhua held a solo exhibition for Zhang Langlang at an artist's home in Santa Cruz, California. Most of the paintings remained in the United States.

1993-1994 (age 50-51)
He became a writer in residence of the East Asian Department of Cornell University and taught Chinese in the Department of Languages.


1994-1995 (age 51-52)
As a writer in residence of the Department of Sinology at Heidelberg University, he also taught Chinese and Chinese culture.

2002-2012 (age 51-69)
He taught Chinese Language and Culture at the State Department's Diplomatic Academy in Washington DC, and trained diplomats who would be working in China. One of his students was Mr. Robert Wang, the minister at the US Embassy in Beijing.


2003 (age 60)
In March, Taipei Future Book City published Zhang Langlang's anthology "Memories in Dayabao".

2004 (age 61)
In August, Wenhui Publishing House published Zhang Langlang's anthology "Memories in Dayabao".


2008 (age 65)
The book "The Seventies" written by Beidao and Li Tuo included Zhang Langlang's "The Peaceful Horizon."

 

2010 (age 67)
On February 21, his father Zhang Yi passed away and Zhang Langlang returned from Princeton University to participate in the memorial service.


 2011 (age 68)
On January 25, Zhang Langlang was hired as a council member and researcher in Zhang Ding Art Research Center at Tsinghua University. In the same year, he created his representative work " Lotus in the Heart". On December 10th, he participated in the "Phoenix Network Reading Club" held in Hangjian Bookstore. The theme was "Zhang Langlang VS Hung Huang et al.: Talking about the Old Memories of Dayabao", presided over by the writer Mou Dunbai. 
From December 11th to 31st, a solo exhibition "Enthusiasm • Red and Black" was held at the 798 Shengshi Sky Art Museum to display 15 printed prints.


2012 (age 69)
On January 1st, "Old Memories in Dayabao" was re-edited and published by the Zhonghua Book Company.

 

2013 (age 70)
He signed with the Awakening Autumn Gallery and became the first signing painter of the Gallery. In the same year, he created the painting "Colorful Thousands". In October, Zhonghua Book Company published Zhang Langlang's collection of "The Peaceful Horizon."


2014 (age 71)
On January 5th, he received an exclusive interview from Phoenix TV's "Celebrity Face to Face". In the same year, he painted a representative painting "Red and Black". and other works.


2015 (age 72)
He painted: "Ancient", "Fish World Underwater ", "A corner at home".


2016 (age 73)

He painted: "No Doubt at all", "Peaceful Always", and other works.


2017 (age 74)
He painted: "Falling White Flowers ", "Sentient Beings ", and other works. On January 15th, the 19th issue of the "Global Person YOLO Elite Electronic Weekly" published an article "Pioneer Zhang Langlang, bloody life after the death penalty." "Art China" published an exclusive interview " May you return with a young heart after years of fighting -an exclusive interview with Zhang Langlang ".


From July 8th to 17th, a large-scale solo exhibition of the " A Literati's Doodle from the Heart" was held at the Art Museum of the School of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University, which was sponsored by the "Autumn Awakening Gallery " and co-organized by the China University of Geosciences. It displayed more than 60 paintings. More than a thousand people attended the opening ceremony and more than 7,000 people came to the exhibition. The media reported: "Zhang Langlang's works have brought a new and huge visual impact to the art of painting today." On the day of the opening ceremony, a seminar was held. Experts, scholars, famous artists, and art critics conducted academic discussions on Zhang Langlang's paintings. Famous painter Ai Xuan and famous director Jiang Wen came to the exhibition.


On November 1st, he gave a speech at the symposium for the 100th anniversary of Zhang Ding's Birth at the Academy of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University.


2018 (age 75)
He painted: "Owl Learning from Me", "My Pigeon", and other works. From April 28th to June 28th, the exhibition "Dayabao Hutong A2 - The Legend of Chinese Art in the 20th Century" of Shanghai Baolong Art Museum exhibited Zhang Langlang's painting "Silent Cat Street ".


In June, Zhang Langlang's collection "Talk with Langlang" was published by the Oriental Publishing House of the People's Oriental Publishing & Media Co., Ltd.