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Comfortable Bus 500*250*250 Cm © Xu Zhen
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Installation view, 2009 © Xu Zhen / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery
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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 © Xu Zhen / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery
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Like Real, 2009 Mixed Media, Wood, Cables, Prosthetics Approximately 192 X 276 X 144 Inches © Xu Zhen / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery
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Dual Game, 2009 Mixed Media, Dirt, Snooker Table 32 1/2 X 81 X 151 Inches © Xu Zhen / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery
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Snooker table detail © Xu Zhen / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery
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Make Up 5, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 68 X 71 X 2 1/4 Inches © Xu Zhen / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery
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Widespread 2, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 68 1/2 X 183 X 2 1/4 Inches © Xu Zhen / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery
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8848-1.86 , 2005 Video © Long March Space
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In Just A Blink of an Eye , 2005 © Long March Space
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Starving of Sudan , 2008 21 C-prints 120 X 180 Cm Each © Long March Space
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The Last Few Mosquitos, 2005 Plastic, Metal, Cooper, Red Fluid Etc Mounted on Wood (wall Piece 15x20x20cm, With Motor, Battery) 4.0 X 5.0 X 5.0 Cm © ShanghART Gallery
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The hairiness is black , 2000 Printed Flags Mounted on a Line 8" X 8" X 8" © ShanghART Gallery
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18 Days , 2006 Video , Single Channel, DVD 23 Minutes 56 Seconds © ShanghART Gallery
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Careful, don't get dirty , 2002 Performance & Video Installation 90.0 X 50.0 X 50.0 Cm © ShanghART Gallery
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© Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery
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Action of Consciousness, 2011, 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 350.0 X 350.0 X 240.0cm © ShanghART Gallery (main gallery)
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Repeated Victory , 2011 Collage on Canvas, Tissue, Snake Leather, Cow Leather 350 X 240 Cm / 137,8 X 94,5 In. © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia
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The Last Few Mosquitoes, 2005 Electro-mechanical Object © Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART, Shanghai
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Physique of Consciousness, 2011 Exhibition View: Xu Zhen-a MadeIn Company Production, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2014 © Physique of Consciousness Museum
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Physique of Consciousness, 2011 © Xu Zhen
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Physique of Consciousness , 2013 © Museum Lyon
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Physique of Consciousness , 2013 © Museum Lyon
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Revolution Casting, 2012 Installation Plaster Dimensions Variable © Produced by MadeIn Company
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Revolution Casting , 2012 Installation Plaster Dimensions Variable © Produced by MadeIn Company
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Art of Change: New Directions from China , 2012 © Courtesy Hayward Gallery
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Play-201302 Installation, 2013 Genuine and Artificial Leather, BDSM Accessories, Foam, Metal, Wood Dimensions Variable © Produced by MadeIn Company
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The Starving of Sudan , 2008 Performance, Photograph, Video © Xu Zhen
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ShanghART Supermarket , 2007 Installation Cash Register, Counter, Shelves, Refrigerator, Products Packages Dimensions Variable © James Cohan Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
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ShanghART Supermarket , 2007 Installation Cash Register, Counter, Shelves, Refrigerator, Products Packages Dimensions Variable © James Cohan Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
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ShanghART Supermarket, 2007 Installation Cash Register, Counter, Shelves, Refrigerator, Products Packages Dimensions Variable © James Cohan Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
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ShanghART Supermarket, 2007 Installation Cash Register, Counter, Shelves, Refrigerator, Products Packages Dimensions Variable © James Cohan Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
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ShanghART Supermarket , 2007 Installation Cash Register, Counter, Shelves, Refrigerator, Products Packages Dimensions Variable © James Cohan Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
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ShanghART Supermarket , 2007 Installation Cash Register, Counter, Shelves, Refrigerator, Products Packages Dimensions Variable © Art Basel Miami Beach 07, ShanghART Gallery Booth
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ShanghART Supermarket, 2007 Installation Cash Register, Counter, Shelves, Refrigerator, Products Packages Dimensions Variable © Art Basel Miami Beach 07, ShanghART Gallery Booth
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Rainbow, 1998 3 Video Stills / / Single-channel Video (performance) 3'50” © Xu Zhen
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Under Heaven-20121020 (detail) © Xu Zhen
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Under Heaven-20121020 (detail) © Xu Zhen
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Under Heaven-20121020 © Xu Zhen
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In mass exercise, 2010 © Xu Zhen
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In Just a Blink of an Eye, 2005 © Xu Zhen
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The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting, 2010 Resin/ Installation 400 X 537 X 20 Cm © Xu Zhen / Produced by MadeIn Company
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6th March, 2002 © Xu Zhen
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The Feeling of Humiliation Is Nothing but the Feeling of Being an Object, 2012 © Xu Zhen
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Eternity, 2013 Installation 3.5 X 13 X 1.5 M © Xu Zhen / Produced by MadeIn Company
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Eternity, 2014 Winged Victory of Samothrace, Tianlongshan Grottoes Bodhisattva / Installation 4.6 X 2.3 X 7.59 M (including Pedestal) © Xu Zhen / Produced by MadeIn Company
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Movement Field, 2013 Installation (grass, Plants, Stones, Earth, Photography) Dimensions Variable © Xu Zhen / Produced by MadeIn Company
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Turbulent , 2012 Action Painting (spray Paint) Dimensions Variable © Xu Zhen / Produced by MadeIn Company
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Light Source - Saint Jean Baptiste , 2013 Oil on Canvas 69 X 57 Cm © Xu Zhen /Produced by MadeIn Company
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MadeIn Curved Vase - Famille-Rose Olive Vase with Bat and Peach Design, Yongzheng Period, Qing Dynasty , 2013 Installation (porcelain) 17 X 17 X 40 Cm © Xu Zhen / Produced by MadeIn Company
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Shouting, 1999 Video (performance) 4'00’’ © Xu Zhen
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Just as time is an object so all produced objects can be considered as crystalized time, 2012 Photograph of Young Student, Knives / Installation 220 X 349 X 5 Cm © Xu Zhen / Produced by MadeIn Company
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New , 2014 Installation (stainless Steel, Paint) 130 X 110 X 402 Cm © Xu Zhen / Produced by MadeIn Company
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MadeIn Company, 2012 Documents, Installation, Performance © Physique of Consciousness Museum
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Play-Ares , 2013 Installation (genuine and Artificial Leather, BDSM Accessories, Foam, Metal, Wood) 450 X 150 X 150 Cm © Xu Zhen /Produced by MadeIn Company
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Play- 2, 2011 Installation (silicon, Iron, Cotton Filling, Hemp Cordage, Fur, Feathers, Shells) 160 X 60 X 80 Cm © Xu Zhen /Produced by MadeIn Company
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Under Heaven -1802TV1312 (detail) , 2013 Painting Installation (oil Paint, Linen Canvas, Aluminum) 180 X 250 X 13 Cm © Xu Zhen /Produced by MadeIn Company
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Action of Consciousness, 2013 Installation, Performance 360 X 360 X 230 Cm © Xu Zhen / Produced by MadeIn Company
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In Just a Blink of an Eye , 2005 Performance © Xu Zhen
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Action of Consciousness , 2013 Installation, Performance 360 X 360 X 230 Cm © Xu Zhen / Produced by MadeIn Company
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Shanghai
Birth year
1977
Lives in
Shanghai
Works in
Shanghai
Statement

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 (www.art-ba-ba.com) 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

 

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