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Shanghai-based Xu Zhen is an irreverent artist with a voracious appetite for global information and a unique ability to produce work across multiple platforms and media. Incorporating painting, mechanical installation, video, photography and performance, often within a single piece, Xu satirizes and exposes cultural assumptions, wryly disarms political rhetoric, and generates some of the art world's most vital contemporary discussion about brand expectations and conventions of creative production and authorship.

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Museum Exhibition
Xu Zhen at Witte de With
Solo Project
July 14 - August 16, 2015
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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Museum Exhibition
Xu Zhen at the Long Museum
Solo Exhibition
March 29 - May 24, 2015
Shanghai, China
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News / Events
Xu Zhen at Armory Show 2014
Commissioned Artist
March 6--9, 2014
Piers 92 & 94, New York City, NY
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Museum Exhibition
Xu Zhen at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
Midcareer Retrospective
January 19 - April 24, 2014
Beijing, China
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XU ZHEN Corporate, 2014-2015 19 casts of classical statuary, cast in Jesmonite and marble grains Dimensions variable Edition of 3

 

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XU ZHEN Under Heaven -- Black Light (series), 2014 Oil on canvas, aluminum 90 1/2 x 129 7/8 x 9 13/16 in. (230 x 330 x 25 cm)
 

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XU ZHEN Under Heaven -- Black Light (series) (detail), 2014 Oil on canvas, aluminum 90 1/2 x 129 7/8 x 9 13/16 in. (230 x 330 x 25 cm)

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XU ZHEN You Are Not Being Tolerant, 2014 Mirror finish stainless steel, metal chains 36 9/16 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (93 x 75 x 3 cm)

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XU ZHEN Eternity (Greek Parthenon East Pediment Statues, Chinese Ancient Buddha Statues), 2014  Glass fiber reinforced concrete, marble grains, steel 59 13/16 x 5 7/8 x 13 11/16 in. (152 x 15 x 34.8 cm) Edition of 99
 

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XU ZHEN Under Heaven -- 1136NH1409, 2014 Oil on canvas, aluminum 37 3/8 x 55 1/16 x 5 5/16 in. (95 x 140 x 13.5 cm)

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XU ZHEN Eternity - Tianlongshan Standing Bodhisattva, Statue of Nike of Paionios, 2014
Glass fiber-reinforced concrete, marble grains, sandstone grains, steel, mineral pigments
148 x 59 x 59 in. (375.9 x 149.9 x 149.9 cm) Edition of 3

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XU ZHEN Eternity-Aphrodite of Knidos, Tang Dynasty Sitting Buddha, 2014 Glass fiber-reinforced concrete, marble grains, sandstone grains, mineral pigments, steel 139 3/4 x 35 13/16 x 35 13/16 in. (355 x 91 x 91 cm) Edition of 3

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XU ZHEN Light Source -- Bathsheba Holding King David's Letter, 2014 Oil on canvas 33.8 x 38.6 inches (86 x 98 cm)

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XU ZHEN Under Heaven -- 3228IN0144, 2014 Oil on canvas, aluminum 37 3/8 x 55 1/16 x 4 5/16 in. (95 x 140 x 11 cm)
 

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XU ZHEN Light Source -- Le Verrou, 2012 Oil on canvas 55 1/8 x 72 1/2 in. (140 x 184 cm)
 

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XU ZHEN Under Heaven -- 3332FI0405, 2014 Oil on canvas, aluminum 35 3/8 x 47 3/16 x 4 7/8 in. (90 x 120 x 12.5 cm)

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XU ZHEN Things I see every morning when I wake up and think of every night before I sleep, 2009 Mixed media, razor wire Approximately 84 X 84 X 84 inches
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XU ZHEN Like Real, 2009 Mixed media, wood, cables, prosthetics Approximately 192 X 276 X 144 inches Background: Widespread 2, 2009
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XU ZHEN Widespread 2, 2009 Acrylic on canvas 68 1/2 X 183 X 2 1/4 inches
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XU ZHEN Dual Game, 2009 Mixed media, dirt, snooker table 32 1/2 X 81 X 151 inches
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XU ZHEN Dual Game, 2009 Mixed media, dirt, snooker table 32 1/2 X 81 X 151 inches
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XU ZHEN It, 2008 Nikon microscope, stainless steel table and stool and sandkorns Dimensions variable Edition of 6
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XU ZHEN It, 2008 Nikon microscope, stainless steel table and stool, and sandkorns Dimensions variable Edition of 6
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XU ZHEN In Just a Blink of an Eye, 2007 co-presented by PERFORMA and Long March Project at James Cohan Gallery as part of PERFORMA07
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XU ZHEN Shanghart Supermarket, 2007 Mixed media installation (Cash register, counter, shelves, refrigerator and multiple consumer products) Dimensions variable
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XU ZHEN Shanghart Supermarket, 2007 Mixed media installation (Cash register, counter, shelves, refrigerator and multiple consumer products) Dimensions variable
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XU ZHEN Shanghart Supermarket, 2007 Mixed media installation (Cash register, counter, shelves, refrigerator and multiple consumer products) Dimensions variable
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XU ZHEN Shanghart Supermarket, 2007 Mixed media installation (Cash register, counter, shelves, refrigerator and multiple consumer products) Dimensions variable
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XU ZHEN Shanghart Supermarket, 2007 Mixed media installation (Cash register, counter, shelves, refrigerator and multiple consumer products) Dimensions variable
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XU ZHEN Shanghart Supermarket, 2007 Mixed media installation (Cash register, counter, shelves, refrigerator and multiple consumer products) Dimensions variable
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XU ZHEN Shanghart Supermarket, 2007 Mixed media installation (Cash register, counter, shelves, refrigerator and multiple consumer products) Dimensions variable
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XU ZHEN Shanghart Supermarket, 2007 Mixed media installation (Cash register, counter, shelves, refrigerator and multiple consumer products) Dimensions variable
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XU ZHEN Shanghart Supermarket, 2007 Mixed media installation (Cash register, counter, shelves, refrigerator and multiple consumer products) Dimensions variable
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XU ZHEN Never Falls, 2006 Aluminum, three-phase motor, pedestal with metal frame 31 1/2 inches Edition of 3
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XU ZHEN Never Falls, 2006 Aluminum, three-phase motor, pedestal with metal frame 31 1/2 inches Edition of 3
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XU ZHEN Never Falls, 2006 Aluminum, three-phase motor, pedestal with metal frame 31 1/2 inches Edition of 3
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XU ZHEN Never Falls, 2006 Aluminum, three-phase motor, pedestal with metal frame 31 1/2 inches Edition of 3
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XU ZHEN From Ruili, November 2006, 2006 C-print Edition of 5
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XU ZHEN 18 Days, 2006 Single channel DVD video installation with sound Edition of 5
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XU ZHEN 18 Days [video still], 2006 Single channel DVD video installation with sound Edition of 5
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XU ZHEN 8848-1.86 [installation view], 2005 Single channel DVD video installation with sound Edition of 5
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XU ZHEN 8848-1.86 [video still], 2005 Single channel DVD video installation with sound Edition of 5
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XU ZHEN 8848-1.86 [video still], 2005 Single channel DVD video installation with sound Edition of 5
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XU ZHEN 8848-1.86, 2005 Single channel DVD video installation with sound Edition of 5
Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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XU ZHEN, Under Heaven -- 3228IN0144, 2014, oil on canvas, aluminum

Xu Zhen is a conceptual artist whose work often takes the form of provocative sculptures, installations and interventions that confront sociopolitical taboos in contemporary China and freely manipulate western expectations of Chinese art and commerce. Born in 1977, Xu has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); the Minsheng Museum, Shanghai (2012); Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2011); and S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium (2009); as well as major international group exhibitions such as 14 Rooms, co-curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Art Basel (2014); the 12th Biennale de Lyon (2013); Art of Change, Hayward Gallery, UK (2012); Performa07, New York (2007); the 10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007); Art Unlimited at Art Basel (2007); China Power Station: Part II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2007); and The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China at Tate Liverpool (2007). He was also included in the 49th Venice Biennale (2001), and represented China at the 51st Venice Biennale, (2005). He lives and works in Shanghai.

 

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Xu Zhen
Lonely Miracle: Middle East Contemporary Art
September 10 - October 10, 2009
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Matters of Faith
事关信念: 安塞姆•基弗 Anselm Kiefer, 白南准 Nam June Paik, 比尔•维奥拉 Bill Viola, 徐震 Xu Zhen
March 27 - May 30, 2009
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Xu Zhen, Folkert de Jong, and Martha Colburn
September 06 - October 04, 2008
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Xu Zhen
Just Did It
February 02 - March 08, 2008
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
Randian
"Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition Press Conference | Long Museum West Bund"
Articles / Reviews
Parkett
"Xu Zhen," by Phillippe Pirotte, et al.
Articles / Reviews
Ocula
“'1199 People' at Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai," by Lucy Rees
Articles / Reviews
CAFA ART INFO
"Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition Unveiled at Long Museum," by Sue Wang
Articles / Reviews
Hyperallergic
The Long Museum Presents ‘Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition’
Articles / Reviews
The Wall Street Journal
“China’s New Generation of Artists,” by Wei Gu
Articles / Reviews
The Global Times
"Shanghainese artist Xu Zhen and his thriving MadeIn Company," by Sun Shuangjie
Articles / Reviews
Artnet
"ART021 is the Chinese Fair You Need to Know About," by Sam Gaskin
Articles / Reviews
Flash Art
"Company of Man," by Kevin McGarry
Articles / Reviews
Frieze
“Mergers & Acquisitions,” by Colin Chinnery
Articles / Reviews
Gotham Magazine
“Want to Ride Around on a Piece of Art This Weekend?,” by April Walloga
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Xu Zhen’s Brand of Armory Show," by Richard Vine
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
“Wryly Nibbling at His Bread and Butter,” by Barbara Pollack
Articles / Reviews
Artdaily
“Ullens Center for Contemporary Art presents two major solo exhibitions by Xu Zhen and Ji Dachun”
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
“Xu Zhen: A Madein Company Production,” by Lee Ambrozy
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Art, Inc. Shanghai", by Travis Jeppesen
Articles / Reviews
ARTnews, "Risky Business," by Barbara Pollack, March 2012.
Articles / Reviews
Randian
"An Interview with MadeIn Company Founder Xu Zhen," by Chris Moore
Articles / Reviews
Art It
"The Path to Appearance is Always..." by Andrew Maerkle
Articles / Reviews
Artforum.com
"Xu Zhen," by Colin Chinnery
Articles / Reviews
ArtAsiaPacific
"Xu Zhen: Just Did It," by HG Masters
News
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Project
July 14 - August 16, 2015
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
March 29 - May 24, 2015
Shanghai, China
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News / Events
Commissioned Artist
March 6--9, 2014
Piers 92 & 94, New York City, NY
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Museum Exhibition
Midcareer Retrospective
January 19 - April 24, 2014
Beijing, China
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News / Events
Artist Xu Zhen presents In Just a Blink of an Eye at James Cohan Gallery