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b. 1977, China

XU ZHEN® Biography

XU ZHEN® (徐震) is a Chinese conceptual artist and curator. Working across a variety of media, including installation, video, painting, and performance, he has established himself as an iconic figure in contemporary Chinese art.

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Xu’s works combine a social critique of contemporary life with a dark sense of humour and an obvious, albeit ironic, disdain for the politics of art. His installations often take the form of elaborate, theatrical pranks. His ShanghART Supermarket, originally exhibited in 2007, replicates exactly an ordinary convenience store, though with empty products that are sold at the original price. Other, more recent works, have aimed to fuse elements of Chinese and Western cultures in a way that rejects typical perceptions of Chinese culture.

XU ZHEN® founded MadeIn Company, a collective contemporary art practice, in 2009. Xu has been producing works collaboratively since the collective’s inception, although several have been censored due to ‘inappropriate’ themes of violence and erotica. In 2014, Xu returned to his individual practice, though now as a ‘product’ of MadeIn Company, rather than its founder.

The artist’s recent solo exhibitions have included Movement Field at Long March Space, Beijing (2013); ShanghART Supermarket at ShanghART, Singapore (2014); Blissful As Gods at ShanghART H-Space, China (2014-2015); and Look Again at Pékin Fine Arts, Hong Kong (2015). Xu has exhibited at international institutions and biennales such as the Venice Biennale (both 2001 and 2005), the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; the Tate, Liverpool; and the Long Museum, Shanghai.

In 2004, Xu was awarded the prize for Best Artist at the China Contemporary Art Awards. He lives and works in Shanghai.

XU ZHEN® Featured Artworks

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The Tribal Chief's New Clothes, 2015 (For Parkett 96) by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork
XU ZHEN®The Tribal Chief's New Clothes, 2015 (For Parkett 96), 2015Various fabrics
36 x 20 x 19 cm
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Parkett
The Guardian by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork
XU ZHEN®The Guardian, 2013mixed media on canvas
190 x 250 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Fortune 11:18 运气 11:18 by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork
XU ZHEN®Fortune 11:18 运气 11:18, 2017-2018Oil on canvas
ShanghART Contact Gallery
This must be heaven, because you sure look like an angel... by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork
XU ZHEN®This must be heaven, because you sure look like an angel..., 2016Mirror polished stainless steel, metal chains
220 x 140 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Under Heaven - 3323GK0416 by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork
XU ZHEN®Under Heaven - 3323GK0416, 2014oil on canvas
90 x 120 x 12.5 cm
Not for sale
Duddell's
It Is More Particularly by Working upon This Imagination That Crowds Are Led. by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork
XU ZHEN®It Is More Particularly by Working upon This Imagination That Crowds Are Led., 2012Colour inkjet, plywood, stainless steel revolving doors
150 x 285 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery

XU ZHEN® Recent Exhibitions

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XU ZHEN® Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo
ShanghART contemporary art gallery in Singapore ShanghART Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore

XU ZHEN® In Ocula Magazine

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XU ZHEN® In Related Press

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Xu Zhen: Civilization Iteration at Perrotin Related Press Xu Zhen: Civilization Iteration at Perrotin 19 July 2017, Art Fuse

Iteration refers to the way of achieving a desired result through repeated feedback. The exhibited series shows how an artist, amidst increasing globalization and networking of art, can approach the f

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'The Dynamics': Chinese multimedia art at ShanghART in Singapore Related Press 'The Dynamics': Chinese multimedia art at ShanghART in Singapore 16 November 2016, Art Radar Journal

Mention new media art, and the first things which might come to mind are a sense of ephemerality and insubstantiality – the evanescence of artworks which exist, in some sense, as particular arrangements of bits. Not so with The Dynamics, a largely new media-based group exhibition at Singapore’s ShanghART gallery, which places some...

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Critic's Guide: Shanghai Related Press Critic's Guide: Shanghai 9 November 2016, Frieze

In June, a new local policy banning private entities from renting state-owned property meant BANK was evicted from its previous gallery space – the Union Bank building near Shanghai’s Bund district that gave the gallery its name. Now BANK has finally announced a solo by Austin Lee as the inaugural show of its new venue in Xuhui...

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Introducing the Apollo 40 under 40 Asia Pacific Related Press Introducing the Apollo 40 under 40 Asia Pacific 1 September 2016, Apollo

Who are the people under 40 making waves in the art world? That was the question we asked ourselves in 2014, when we launched the first Apollo 40 Under 40. That year’s list, which focused on Europe, and the subsequent 40 Under 40 USA, weren’t meant as power lists but as surveys of talent: of young people who have firmly established...

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