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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 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
Corporate—(Eight Alliances 2) by XU ZHEN® contemporary artwork
XU ZHEN®Corporate—(Eight Alliances 2), 2014Installation, 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
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® Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–30 September 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS Parkett, Zurich Exhibition SpaceZurich Exhibition Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Wonderland at Perrotin, Shanghai
Closed
30 April–30 June 2020 Group Exhibition Wonderland Perrotin, ShanghaiShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Cache: From B to Z at ShanghART, Shanghai
Closed
12 April–30 August 2020 Group Exhibition Cache: From B to Z ShanghART, Westbund, ShanghaiWestbund, Shanghai

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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China’s Post-Intranet Artists Get Personal Ocula Report China’s Post-Intranet Artists Get Personal By Sam Gaskin, Auckland

China's post-80s artists are no longer all that 'young', nor do they much need that moniker. With the oldest of that generation fast approaching 40, to call them young would be misleading given how rapidly many of them rose to prominence during the tail-end of China's foreign collector-powered art boom and subsequent influx of domestic collectors....

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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See By Tessa Moldan, Hong Kong

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2018 Ocula Report PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2018 By Georgina Adam, Shanghai

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai held its fifth edition between 21 and 23 September 2018. As in previous years, the event was held in the Shanghai Exhibition Center—a neoclassical construction dating from 1955, built in the form of a central hall with two curved wings, topped with an ornate and unmissable 110-metre spire. The building is surprisingly...

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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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 future of art with his own formula. As early as 2001, Xu participated in the 49th Venice Biennale, then the youngest Chinese artist to exhibit works...

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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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XU ZHEN® In Video & Audio

Xu Zhen 'Civilization Iteration' Related Video & Audio Xu Zhen 'Civilization Iteration' 9 June 2017, Perrotin

Xu Zhen Civilization Iteration May 18-July 29, 2017 Perrotin Paris, 76 rue de Turenne & Saint Claude

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