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.

Exhibition view: Xu Zhen, Zoning Out, ShanghART, Shanghai (8 November 2022–5 February 2023). Courtesy ShanghART. 

XU ZHEN® Featured Artworks

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The Guardian by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork mixed media
XU ZHEN® The Guardian, 2013 mixed media on canvas
190 x 250 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Fortune 11:18 运气 11:18 by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork painting
XU ZHEN® Fortune 11:18 运气 11:18, 2017-2018 Oil on canvas
ShanghART Contact Gallery
This must be heaven, because you sure look like an angel... by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork mixed media
XU ZHEN® This must be heaven, because you sure look like an angel..., 2016 Mirror polished stainless steel, metal chains
220 x 140 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Under Heaven - 3323GK0416 by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork mixed media
XU ZHEN® Under Heaven - 3323GK0416, 2014 oil on canvas
90 x 120 x 12.5 cm
Not for sale
Duddell's
Corporate—(Eight Alliances 2) by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork installation
XU ZHEN® Corporate—(Eight Alliances 2), 2014 Installation, Genuine and artificial leather, BDSM accessories, foam, metal, wood
230 x 368 x 50 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
It Is More Particularly by Working upon This Imagination That Crowds Are Led. by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork photography
XU ZHEN® It Is More Particularly by Working upon This Imagination That Crowds Are Led., 2012 Colour inkjet, plywood, stainless steel revolving doors
150 x 285 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery

XU ZHEN® Current & Recent Exhibitions

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XU ZHEN® Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Perrotin Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul +2
ShanghART contemporary art gallery in Singapore
ShanghART Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore

XU ZHEN® In Ocula Magazine

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