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Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production
2014.1.19 - 2014.4.20
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An irreverent artist with a voracious appetite for global information and a unique ability to produce work across multiple platforms and media, Xu Zhen (b. 1977) is the key figure of the Shanghai art scene and a foundational figure for the generations of Chinese artists born since 1980. Including over 50 installation pieces, 10 videos, 40 painting and collage works, and several performances, together filling UCCA’s signature Great Hall, this exhibition spans Xu Zhen’s early works made in his own name beginning in the late 1990s, works produced under the “contemporary art creation company” MadeIn Company which he founded in 2009, as well as major new pieces produced specially for this exhibition under MadeIn Company’s newly launched brand “Xu Zhen.” Presented together, Xu Zhen’s oeuvre reflects the lingering concerns of an artist participating in the international art world while remaining deeply skeptical of it and its conventions, most immediately the label “Chinese contemporary art.” Xu Zhen’s artworks probe the various mediations that corrupt the viewer’s experience of an artwork, particularly in observing a culture that is not one’s own. The exhibition is curated by UCCA Director Philip Tinari and UCCA Chief Curator Paula Tsai.

For more information, please read the “Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production” press release.

Eternity
  • 2013
  • installation
  • 13×1.5×3.5 m
  • Produced by MadeIn Company
Works in the Exhibition
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    • Rainbow
    • 1997-1998
    • Video
    • Shouting
    • 1998
    • Video
    • 4 Min
    • Photo credit: Xu Zhen
    • We will be back soon
    • 2002
    • Video
    • The Starving of Sudan
    • 2008
    • Installation, performance, photography
    • MadeIn Curved Vase
    • 2013
    • Installation
    • Porcelain
    • 17×17×38 cm
    • Produced by MadeIn Company
    • Movement Field
    • 2012
    • Installation
    • Variable dimensions
    • Produced by MadeIn Company
    • Under Heaven-1802FI0138 (detail)
    • 2012
    • Oil on canvas, aluminium
    • 80×100×10 cm
    • Produced by MadeIn Company
    • Just as time is an object so all produced objects can be considered as crystalized time
    • 2012
    • installation
    • Photograph of young student, knifes
    • Produced by MadeIn Company
    • If the truth hurts, it is the truth's fault
    • 2012
    • Installation
    • Playing cards, rock
    • 287×387×20 cm
    • Turbulent
    • 2012
    • Action painting (spray paint)
    • Variable dimensions
    • Produced by MadeIn Company
    • 6th March
    • 2002
    • Performance
    • In Just a blink of an Eye
    • 2005
    • Performance
    • The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting
    • 2010
    • Resin
    • C-Print on aluminum
    • 150×217 cm
    • In mass exercise, the greater the conflict between theory and reality, the stronger its eagerness to impose beliefs on others
    • 2010
    • Wax, military hats
    • C-Print on aluminum
    • 150×262 cm
    • The bourgeoisie is not interested in the mad, but it is interested in power over the mad
    • 2011
    • tri –ply wood,steel tube, rope
    • C-Print on aluminium
    • 150×200 cm
    • Physique of Consciousness
    • 2011
    • Performance, video
    • 8848-1.86
    • 2005
    • Mixed media installation, photographs, video Rock climbing equipment, refrigerating box, tents, etc.
    • Dimensions variable
    • Photo credit: Xu Zhen
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  • “Xu Zhen is one of the few artists to enjoy fame and wealth in his early 20s. But, he found himself losing his curiosity and interest as an independent artist. So he announced his decision to change direction and founded a company, MadeIn, to produce’contemporary art creation’.”

    - China Daily
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