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Xu Zhen

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Sep, 2016 The Dynamics
ShanghART Singapore
Sep, 2016 Before the Beginning and After the End II
Long March Space

Artist, curator, MadeIn Company founder

Over his already long career, Xu Zhen (born 1977, living and working in Shanghai) has exhibited internationally, at museums and biennales, such as, Venice Biennale (2001, 2005), The Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2004), ICP (2004), Mori Art Museum (2005), PS1 (2006), Tate Liverpool (2007). In 2004, he won the prize for ‘Best Artist’ at the China Contemporary Art Award. Recent exhibitions include Xu Zhen: Forbidden Castle (Montanelli Museum, Prague, Czech Republic, 2012) 12 Rooms, Ruhrtriennale (Museum Folkwang, Gelsenkirchen, 2012), Art of Change (Hayward Gallery, London, 2012), 11 Rooms (Manchester International Festival, Manchester City Galleries, 2011).

Aside from being an artist, Xu Zhen is also a curator and actively organizes various art activities. He co-curated together with other artists major exhibitions in Shanghai and was one of the initiators of the contemporary art forum on internet Art-Ba-Ba ( in 2006. In 2009, Xu Zhen established ‘MadeIn Company’, a contemporary art creation corporate, focused on the production of creativity, and devoted to the research of contemporary culture’s infinite possibilities. MadeIn Company’s selected exhibitions include: The 12th Biennale of Lyon (Lyon, France, 2013), The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, 2012); The Unseen – The 4th Guangzhou Triennial (Guangdong Museum of Art, Canton, China, 2012); Surplus Authors, (Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2012), The 1st Kiev Biennale (Arsenale, Kiev, Ukraine, 2012), Inside the White Cube (White Cube, London, U.K., 2012); Sleeping Life Away (Nathalie Obadia Gallery, Paris, France, 2012).

In 2013, MadeIn Company launched the brand “Xu Zhen”. Recent exhibitions comprise: Xu Zhen-A MadeIn Company Production (UCCA, Beijing, China, 2014), The 12th Biennale of Lyon, Lyon, France, 2013), China, China (Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine, 2013) and Movement Field – Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition, produced by MadeIn Company (Long March Space, Beijing, China, 2013).

At last, MadeIn Company established the first museum dedicated to human thinking and act, as well as body language, “Physique of Consciousness Museum”. This institution will be composed of a permanent displaying space open to the public in Shanghai and a large research department. Selected artifacts of the museum are included in various exhibitions and biennales worldwide. MadeIn Company also laumched a gallery, “MadeIn Gallery”, fully promoting artists, and creating a new cultural wave.

Xu Zhen Biography  
  1977   Born in Shanghai  
  1996   Graduated from Shanghai School of Arts and Crafts  
  2004   Won the top prize at the China Contemporary Art  
      Lives and works in Shanghai  
  Selected Exhibitions  
  2011   ACT-TION, video exhibition, Long March Space, Beijing, China  
  2009   Matters of Faith, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai  
  2009   Xu Zhen, Folkert de Jong, and Martha Colburn, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY  
  2009   Xu Zhen, Folkert de Jong, and Martha Colburn, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY  
  2009   The Starving of Sudan, Art Unlimited, presented by Long March Space at Art 41 Basel (solo)  
  2008   Nothing is Impossible, Long March Space (solo)  
  2008   Just did It! James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY (solo)  
  2008   Untitled, Solo Exhibition, ShanghArt, Shanghai (solo)  
  2008   Moving Horizons: The UBS Art Collection, 1960s to the present day, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; 29 September - 4 November, 2008.  
  2008   3rd Guangzhou Triennial - Farewell to the Postcolonial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; September 10 to November 16, 2008  
  2008   Just Did It, James Cohan Gallery, New York (solo)  
  2007   In Just the Blink of an Eye, James Cohan Gallery with PERFORMA, New York (solo)  
  2007   Art '38 Basel, Art Unlimited-Xu Zhen 18 Days (at B3), Art Fair Switzerland (solo)  
  2007   ShanghART at Art'38 Basel, Art Fair Switzerland  
  2007   The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China, Tate Liverpool, UK  
  2007   China Power Station II: Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway  
  2007   NONO: self curated exhibition of new works by 11 individual artists, Long March Space, Beijing  
  2007   China Welcomes You, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria  
  2007   Performa 07, 2nd Visual Arts Biennale, New York, NY  
  2007   ShanghArt Supermarket, Art Basel (solo)  
  2007   ShanghArt Supermarket, Art Basel Miami (solo)  
  2006   8848-1.86, ShanghArt H-Space, Shanghai (solo)  
  2006   8848-1.86, Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (solo)  
  2006   An Animal, 2577 Linghua Road, Shanghai (solo)  
  2006   8848-1.86, ShanghART H-Space, Bldg 18 Mar 05 - Apr 15  
  2006   China Power Station: Part I, Battersea Power Station, London  
  2006   On Mobility, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands  
  2006   China Contemporary - Art, Architecture and Visual Culture, Museum Boijmanns van Beuningen, Rotterdam  
  2006   The Thirteen, Chinese Video Now, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York  
  2006   Restless, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai  
  2006   Universal Studios (Beijing  
  2002   Careful, Dont Get Dirty, Galerie Waldburger, Berlin (solo)  
  2002   A Young Man, BizArt, Shanghai (solo)  
  2001   The Liminal Body, Centre A, Vancouver, Canada (solo)  
  2001   ARCO, Asian Party, Global Game (cur, Madrid, Spain  
  2001   Mantic Ecstasy, Photography & Video, Hangzhou  
  2001   La Biennale di Venezia, Venezia, Italy  
  2000   Useful Life, Yang Zhenzhong a, Shanghai  
  2000   BIG Torino 2000, Torino, Italy  
  2000   Inertia and Mask, Works on Paper, Shanghai  
  1999   Food for Thought, MU Art Foundation Eindhoven, The Netherlands  
  1999   BM99 Biennal de Maya, Maya, Portugal  
  1999   Art for Sale, Shanghai Plaza Shanghai  
  1998   Jin Yuan Lu, Shanghai


Recent Exhibits

Xu Zhen participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2016 Solo Exhibition
James Cohan Gallery
Jul, 2016 Turning Point:Contemporary Art in China Since 2000
Minsheng Art Museum
May, 2016 Modern Times
ShanghART Singapore
Mar, 2016 Exotic Stranger
Galerie Paris-Beijing
Sep, 2015 15 Rooms
Long Museum - West Bund
Jun, 2015 My Generation: Young Chinese Artists
Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)
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Long Museum - West Bund
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