Born in 1977 in Shanghai, Xu Zhen is a leading figure among the young generation of Chinese artists. His extensive body of work, which includes photography, installation art and video, entails theatrical humor as well as social critique, neither entirely serious nor obviously ironic, evoking moments of complexity. His projects are informed by performance as well as conceptual art.  Xu Zhen won the prize for ‘Best Artist’ at the China Contemporary Art Award in 2004. He participated to the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001, and has since exhibited his works widely.

Xu Zhen
Xu Zhen
Shanghai, 1977

Past Exhibitions

The Dynamics

ShanghART Singapore
23/09/2016 — 30/10/2016

Xu Zhen at MadeIn Gallery

MadeIn Gallery
01/11/2016 — 30/11/2016

Xu Zhen

James Cohan New York
08/09/2016 — 08/10/2016


ShanghART West Bund
10/11/2016 — 15/02/2017

Why The Performance?

Ming Contemporary Art Museum – McaM
18/09/2016 — 20/11/2016

Solo Shows

Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
“Twenty” A Solo Exhibition by Xu Zhen, PMQ, Hong Kong

Xu Zhen-Produced by MadeIn Company: Blissful As Gods, ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, China
Careful Don’t Get Dirty, Patrick Waldburger Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Commissioned artist in the Armory Show, New York, U.S.A.
Prey, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
Xu Zhen-Produced by MadeIn Company, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
Xu Zhen-A MadeIn Company Production, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

The Most Important Thing Is Not the Contract, OCT, Shanghai, China
Turbulent, Bund 18 Temporary Space, Shanghai China
Movement Field – Xu Zhen Solo Exhibiton, produced by MadeIn Company, Long March Space, Beijing China
Offsite:MadeIn Company, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

MadeIn Company,Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Movement – MadeIn Company Fall 2012 Works Launch, MadeIn Company Exhibition Space, Shanghai, China
Turbulent, MadeIn Company Exhibition Space, Shanghai, China
Xu Zhen: Forbidden Castle, Montanelli Museum, Prague, Czech
Sleeping Life Away, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France

Group Shows

From a Poem to the Sunset, First part of an exhibition series with new acquisitions of contemporary Chinese and international art, Daimler Contemporary Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Hidden Behind Appearances, Ding Yi & Xu Zhen, Wouters Waldburger, Brussels, Belgium
Vive la Capital, BANK, Shanghai, China
The System of Objects, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Minsheng, Shanghai, China

By Proxy, James Cohan Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
Post Pop: East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K.
Background Story: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
An Estranged Paradise, Jewish Museum, Moscow, Russia
Silence: the 1990s, Balice Hertling, Paris, France
My Generation, Tampa Museum, Tampa, U.S.A.
Art Basel Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland
14 Rooms, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
Myth/History: Yuz Collection of Contemporary Art, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China
Pandamonium: Media Art from Shanghai, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Re-View, Opening Exhibition of Long Museum West Bund, Long Museum (West Bund), Shanghai, China
Do it Moscow, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
15 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art Award, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
The Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture, the 2nd CAFAM Biennale, Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Room Service, Staaliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany
The Armory Show – Focus China (commissioned artist), New York, U.S.A.
5 Plus, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing, China (MadeIn Company)
Factory, the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

28 Chinese, Rubell Family Collection / Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
The Garden of Diversion, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China
12th Biennale of Lyon, Lyon, France
Clutch, ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, China
China China, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev Ukraine
Re-Reading, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
Moving on Asia, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
13 Rooms, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Walsh Bay, Sydney, Australia
Pessimism or Resistance? , Taikang Space, Beijing, China
7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Aart/Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
Shanghai Surprise, A Group Show on Contemporary Art in Shanghai, K11 Art Mall, Shanghai
Green Box, Tianhong Mei Heyuan Arts Center, Hangzhou, China

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Shanghai Country of birth: China Date of birth: 1977 Lives in: Shanghai, China