Xu Zhen

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Xu Zhen

Xuzhen ( 1977, Shanghai)'s work includes photography, installation and video art. His work entails theatrical humor as well as social critique, neither entirely serious nor obviously ironic. His projects are informed by performance as well as conceptual art.

His recent video installation “8.848-1.86” (2005) documents an expedition to Mount Everest. Here, Xu Zhen removed 1.86 meters of the mountain’s peak and transported it home to be exhibited in a large display cabinet. The video, among other allusions, is a subtle and humorous commentary on China’s official policy of reclaiming Tibet.

Xu Zhen graduated from the Shanghai School of Arts and Craft in 1996. He currently resides and works in Shanghai.

Solo Exhibitions


Just did It!, James Cohan Gallery

Untitled-Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition, ShanghART Gallery,Shanghai


Art 38 Basel, Art Unlimited-Xu Zhen 18 Days (at B3), Art Fair Switzerland


Xu Zhen: 8848 - 1.86, ShanghART H-Space,Shanghai

8848 - 1.86-Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

An Animal - Xu Zhen's solo exhibition, 2577 Longhua Road, Xuhui district, Shanghai


Careful, Don't Get Dirty, Galerie Waldburger, Berlin, Germany

A Young Man-Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition, Bizart, Shanghai

Furter information