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Mai Dang Lao (McDonald's)

Zhang Hongtu

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
In Mai Dang Lao (McDonald’s), a hamburger box, fries container, fork, and knife are cast in bronze and adorned with traditional Chinese motifs like the taotie mask, typically featured on ancient ritual bronze vessels used in worship of the ancestors. Here it is combined with the iconic logo of the fast-food giant, transforming the “Happy Meal” into a Shang-dynasty artifact. The Asian American artist Zhang Hongtu, a leader of the Political Pop movement in contemporary Chinese art, lives in Queens, New York, after emigrating from China in the 1980s. By creatively juxtaposing ancient China with contemporary America, and ritual art with consumer culture, Zhang whimsically critiques systems of power.
MEDIUM Cast Bronze
DATES 2002
DIMENSIONS box of fries: 7 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 2 1/4 in. (18.4 × 12.1 × 5.7 cm) hamburger box closed: 3 1/2 × 4 5/8 × 4 3/4 in. (8.9 × 11.7 × 12.1 cm) fork: 1 × 3/4 × 6 3/16 in. (2.5 × 1.9 × 15.7 cm) knife: 5/8 × 1/8 × 5 13/16 in. (1.6 × 0.3 × 14.8 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
EXHIBITIONS
ACCESSION NUMBER 2014.82a-d
CREDIT LINE Gift of the artist
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Hongtu Zhang
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CAPTION Zhang Hongtu (Chinese, born 1943). Mai Dang Lao (McDonald's), 2002. Cast Bronze, box of fries: 7 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 2 1/4 in. (18.4 × 12.1 × 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 2014.82a-d. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.82a-d_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2014.82a-d_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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Zhang Hongtu (Chinese, born 1943). <em>Mai Dang Lao (McDonald's)</em>, 2002. Cast Bronze, box of fries: 7 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 2 1/4 in. (18.4 × 12.1 × 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 2014.82a-d. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.82a-d_PS9.jpg)