“Chen Zhen”

Chen Zhen at Rockbund Art Museum

Until 7 October 2015, the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai, China, is hosting the Chen Zhen exhibition entitled “Without going to New York and Paris, life could be internationalized”. For its fifth anniversary, the RAM is organising a new exhibition of works by Chinese conceptual artist Chen Zhen, whose curator is Hou Hanru. The event presents large installations as well as sketchbooks and notes by the artist realised between 1955 and 2000. Internationally known as one of the most important Chinese artists of the last two decades, Chen Zhen is inspired by his personal experience and his travels between different continents and their cultures, which he has done whilst living between Shanghai and Paris. For his work, Chen Zhen focuses on the transformations of Shanghai’s social landscape as a new cosmopolitan city. His installations Le Bureau de change and Daily Incantations reveal his interest for the socio-economical developments of the city and reflect the ever-changing nature of the daily life of its residents. He explored human conditions using a variety of materials, both new and recyclable, and by including everyday objects found in the street for his installations and assemblages. As well as traditional objects such as chamber pots and Chinese coins, he makes use of new technologies and digital media, bringing together cultural heritage as well as contemporary innovations in order to create a collaboration that reflects the contemporary world. Chen Zhen was born in Shanghai in 1955 and died in 2000. After his country opened under Deng Xiaoping, he emigrated to Paris where he studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts at the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques. His work has been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Kunsthalle, Vienna; and the Musée Guimet,...

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Chen Zhen’s “Les pas silencieux” in Rome

San Gimignano (Toscana), 7 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). Galleria Continua is currently displaying the work of Chen Zhen, a principal representative of Chinese avant-garde, until 28 January in San Gimignano. The Italian gallery is hosting this iconic figure of international contemporary art once more, following the historical solo exhibition “Field of Synergy”, held eleven years ago. The retrospective entitled, “Les pas silencieux” allows visitors to have intimate contact with Chen Zhen’s work, prompting reflection on the great relevance of his poems in our age, concerned as it is, with the enrichment of inner life, the quest for harmony between body and spirit, fraternity between different people and cultures, and the promotion of understanding, the resolution of conflicts, the preservation of identity and fruitful engagement between East and West. Chen Zhen studied and taught in post-Maoist China,in the optimistic yet ideological period. As he arrived in France in 1986, he had to face the shock of a different culture and he tried to follow his visionary research keenly interested in participating to a modern world’s creation. He developed his art according to a model of cross-cultural art, a concept that artist names “transexperience” based on three fundamental ideas: Residence, Resonance and Resistance. He worked his works with resistance. The artist experienced these three processes of cultural integration and identity swinging when he arrived in France. The exhibition presents numerous works by the artist, created between 1999 and 2000. The works are not exhibited in chronological order, but seek to recreate a trip that brought Chen Zhen through different cultural horizons: the Chinese culture, the meeting with the Western culture and the venturing experience of the...

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De Sarthe Gallery exposes Chen Zhen installations

Hong Kong, 8 November 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). De Sarthe Gallery in Hong Kong will soon host an exhibition dedicated to Chinese artist Chen Zhen (1955-2000), from 18 November 2011 to 7 January 2012. A selection of sculptures created in the last years of artist’s career (between 1992 and 2000) will be presented at De Sarthe Gallery. Zhen was raised during Chinese Cultural Revolution, however, since his youth he referred to Western culture which combined with philosophic and artistic Chinese tradition in his paintings. After moving to Paris in 1968, Zhen studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and turned to installation as new type of expression. In his creations, he mixed Western avant-garde elements with his country’s cultural heritage thus creating contemporary social themes. The exhibition will notably present the installation Daily Incantations, which was displayed during the artist’s first ever New York exhibition at Deitch Project Gallery in 1996. The series “Deep Sleep” which hasn’t been included in his corpus since 1992, will also be...

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