Some of the 1600 portraits of convicted officials in Zhang Bingjian’s Beijing studio.

The Colour of Money

Hall of Fame, a series of portraits commissioned by filmmaker and contemporary artist Zhang Bingjian, acknowledges that corruption is often the path to fame and fortune. To date, over 1600 have been completed, each depicting a Chinese official convicted of corruption and painted in the distinctive pink of the Chinese 100-yuan note. The colour is not the red of revolution – that’s long gone – but neither is it the blush of shame. 

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