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b. 1977, works and lives in Shanghai
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1977 Born in Shanghai
2013 Announcement of the brand ‘XU Zhen’ produced by MadeIn Company

1996 Graduated from Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute
2009 Xu Zhen created MadeIn company under which name he works in future

2013 The Innovator of the Year Awards 2013 Art

Solo Exhibitions (All | Selected)
2015 Corporate, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai
2014 XU Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production, UCCA, Beijing
2013 Light Source, XU Zhen Solo Exhibition, Tian Ren He Yi Art Center, Hangzhou
2012 XU Zhen - The Last Few Mosquitoes, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Xu Zhen: Forbidden Castle, Montanelli Museum, Prague
2010 Xu Zhen Video Works, Galerie Waldburger, Belgium
2009 The Last Few Mosquitos, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K.
ARCO Madrid 2009, International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
2008 Impossible is Nothing, XU Zhen Solo Exhibition, Long March Space, Beijing
Xu Zhen, Folkert de Jong, and Martha Colburn, Xu Zhen ShanghART Supermarket, James Cohan Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
Just did It!, James Cohan Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
Untitled, Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition, ShanghART Main Space, Shanghai
2007 Art Basel Miami Beach 07, Xu Zhen: ShanghART Supermarket, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, U.S.A.
Art 38 Basel, Art Unlimited, Xu Zhen 18 Days, Switzerland
2006 An Animal, Xu Zhen's Solo Exhibition, 2577 Longhua Road Creative Garden, Shanghai
Xu Zhen: 8848 - 1.86, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
8848 - 1.86, Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2002 Careful, Don't Get Dirty, Galerie Waldburger, Berlin, Germany
A Young Man, Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition, BizArt, Shanghai

Group Exhibitions (All | Selected)
2022 Wang Xingwei in Shanghai 2002-2008, Power Station of Art Museum, Shanghai
2021 M+ Sigg Collection: From Revolution to Globalisation, M+ Museum, Hong Kong
Time and Space, Yangyun Aman, Shanghai
Red, The Tank, Shanghai
City on the Edge: Art and Shanghai at the Turn of the Millennium, UCCA Edge, Shanghai
The Circular Impact: Video Art 21, OCAT, Shanghai
2020 The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2019, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; Pingshan Art Museum, Shenzhen
Duration: Chinese Art in Transformation, Beijing Mingsheng Art Museum, Beijing
Shanghai Waves: Historical Archives and Works of Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai
Co-constructing, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou
Embodied Mirror: Performances in Chinese Video Art, New Century Art Foundation, Beijing
Being of Evils, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
2019 A Turning Moment, Urban Narratives in Chinese Contemporary Art, 1995-2019, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Free Prism - Video Wave, Boxes Art Museum, Foshan
Then, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia
HOMELAND, Ordet, Milan, Italy
5th Collectors’ Contemporary Collaboration, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Hic Sunt Leones, Surplus Space, Wuhan
2018 Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
As A Reason for December 12th, Hangzhou
2017 Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics, OCAT, Shanghai
Landmark, Guardian Art Centre, Beijing
2017 NGV Triennial, National Museum of Victoria, Australia
Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S.A.
Chinese Summer, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway
Energy Field - Transmedia ART Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
2016 The Dynamics, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
Why the Performance?, McaM, Shanghai
Time Test: International Video Art Research Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing
An Exhibition About Exhibitions: Displaying Contemporary Art in the 1990s, OCAT, Beijing
Modern Times, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
Exotic Stranger, GALERIE PARIS-BEIJING, Paris, France
Chinese Whispers: RecentArt from the Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2015 Nonfigurative, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
15 Rooms, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai
The 6th Moscow Biennale, How to gather? Acting in a city in the heart of the island of Eurasia, Moscow, Russia
Stereognosis Zone, RMCA, Guangzhou
In Light of 25 Years, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ding Yi & Xu Zhen, Hidden Behind Appearance, Waldburger Wouters, Brussels, Belgium
The System of Objects, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
The Subtle Triangle, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
2014 Rouge, Shanghai Night Club, Shanghai
Cosmos: Limited and Limitless, Existence and Co-existence, Opening Exhibition of Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
An Estranged Paradise, Chinese contemporary art from the DSL collection, Jewish museum and tolerance center, Moscow, Russia
Silence: the 1990s, Balice Hertling Gallery, Paris, France
14 Rooms, Hall 3, Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Myth/History: Yuz Collection of Contemporary Art, Yuz Museum, Shanghai
do it Moscow, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
15 Years Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA), Power Station of Art, Shanghai
Room Service, On the Hotel in the Arts and Artists in the Hotel, Staaliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany
The Being of Non-Being, Linda Gallery, Beijing
Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art, and Invention, The Field Museum, Chicago, U.S.A
Things From the Gallery Warehouse 6, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
2013 DramaSuspended: Undressing the Present, Alain Badiou and the artists, Mecooon Space, Shanghai
Clutch, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
Re-Reading, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
Pessimism or Resistance?, Taikang Space, Beijing
13 Rooms, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Walsh Bay, Sydney, Australia
Shanghai Surprise, A Group Show on Contemporary Art in Shanghai, K11 Art Mall, Shanghai
2012 Art of Change, Hayward Gallery, London, U.K.
12 Rooms, Ruhrtriennale, Museum Folkwang, Gelsenkirchen, Deutschland
2011 Alternative Narrative, V Art Center, Shanghai
Moving Image in China: 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
11 Rooms, Manchester International Festival, Manchester City Galleries, U.K.
Contemporary Art Exhibition Documentation Project II:" Let's Talk about Money--1st International Fax Art Exhibition in Shanghai 1996", ShanghART Taopu, Shanghai
Move on Asia, the End of Video Art, Casa Asia-Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Community of Tastes: Chinese Contemporary Art Since 2000, Museu de Arte Contemporânea MAC USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2010 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Big Draft-Shanghai, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
China Power Station: Part IV, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy
Dial 62761232, A Document On A Contemporary Art Event, ShanghART Taopu, Shanghai
Great Performances, Pace Beijing, Beijing
Community of Tastes, Chinese Contemporary Art Since 2000, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), Santiago, Chile
Culture of Shanghai, The Artists Concerned by HWAS, HAWS Gallery, Shanghai
2009 Breaking Forecast, 8 Key Figures of China's New Generation Artists, UCCA, Beijing
The State of Things, Contemporary Art from China and Belgium, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Reversed Image, Representations of Shanghai and its Contemporary Material Culture, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, U.S.A.
Useful Life, MuHKA, Antwerpen, Belgium
Shanghai History in Making from 1979 Till 2009, Shanghai
Warm Up, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
The Conspiracy, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Retrospect and Exploration, Collection Exhibition from Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Hubei Province Art Museum, Wuhan
Shanghai Kino, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland
Blackboard, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
The China Project - Three Decades: The Contemporary Chinese Collection, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
Matters of Faith, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai
Another Scene, Artists' Projects, Concepts and Ideas, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass, U.S.A.
Fact and Fiction, Recent works from The UBS Art Collection, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
Impossible, 8 Chinese Artists Engage Absurdity, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery & MISSION 17, San Francisco, U.S.A
2008 Five Years of Duolun, Chinese Contemporary Art Retrospective Exhibition, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
The 5th Small Productions Event, Shopping Gallery, Shanghai
INVOLVED, Participating Artists: Knut Asdam, Miroslaw Balka, Stefan Brüggemann, Pavel Büchler, Corey McCorkle, Luc Tuymans, Yutaka Sone, Armen Eloyan, Shi Yong, Zhang Enli, Xu Zhen, Curated by Philippe Pirotte, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
It is I Too, Self Portraits By 21 Chinese Artists, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai
Life? Biomorphic Forms in Sculpture, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
Insomnia, Photographs Exhibition, BizART, Shanghai
Farewell to Post-Colonialism, The Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
Avant-Garde China: Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan
Our Future, The Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection, UCCA, Beijing
The World of Other's, A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
CYLWXZ, CHU YUN, LIU WEI, XU ZHEN, Esther Schipper, Berlin
Mellow Fever, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France
Community of Tastes, The Inaugural Exhibition of Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Facing Reality, Chinese Contemporary Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
Artseason, The Third China New Media Art Festival, China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou
Like Animals (Comme des betes), Musee cantonal des beaux-arts de Lausanne, Switzerland
Building Code Violations Ⅱ, Long March Space, Beijing
SHANGHYPE, Futura, Prague, Czech Republic
The Real Thing, Contemporary Art from China, IVAM, Valencia, Spain
2007 Highlights in the Visual Landscape, Contemporary Art Exhibition, A-9 Space, Beijing
PERFORMA 07, The Second Biennial of New Visual Art Performance, Various venues in New York, U.S.A.
China, Facing Reality, Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna, Austria
The First Today's Documents 2007, Energy: Spirit ּ Body ּ Material, Today Art Museum, Beijing
2nd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, Forms of Concepts, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan
Tomorrow, Kumho Museum of Art; Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
10th International Istanbul Biennial, Not only Possible, But also Necessary-Optimism in the Age of Global War, Istanbul, Turkey
China Power Station: Part II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
Rejected Collection, More the 40 Chinese Artists /Over 60 Rejected Proposals, Ke Center for Contemporary Arts, Shanghai
China Welcomes You, Desires, Struggles, New Identities, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
A l'horizon de Shangri-La, Frac Lorraine, France
Individual Position 2, Video, Photo, and Installation, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
Zhuyi!, Contemporary Chinese Photography, Artium; Basque Museum-Center of Contemporary Art; Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Chinese Video Now, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, U.K.
NoNo, Self-curated Exhibition of latest artworks by 11 individual artists, Long March Space, Beijing
The Real Thing, Contemporary Art from China, Tate Liverpool, U.K.
2006 It's All Right, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Hu Qing Tang Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hangzhou
Nunca salgo sin mi cámara / Never Go Out Without My DVcam, Video en china, Museo Colecciones ICO, Madrid, Spain
Alllooksame/Tutttuguale?, Art from China, Japan and Korea, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
The Thirteen: Chinese Video Now, Platform China, Beijing
China Contemporary, Architecture, Art and Visual Culture, Netherlands Architecture Institute; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; Netherlands Fotomuseum, The Netherlands
Take It!, Universal Studios, Beijing
Thirty-Eight Solo Exhibitions, Creative Garden, Shanghai
Microcosm, Chinese Contempory Art, Macao Museum of Art (Macao Culture Centre), Macao
The Thirteen: Chinese Video Now, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, U.S.A.
Everyday people, Festival of Creativity, Fortezza dA Basso, Florence, Italy
China Power Station: Part I, Battersea Power Station, London, U.K.
On Mobility, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Restless, Photography and New Media, MoCA, Shanghai
2005 The Second Guangzhou Triennial Self Organisation, BizART: How to Turn Guangzhou into Shanghai, Xinyi International Club, Guangzhou
The Second Guangzhou Triennial, BEYOND: an extraordinary space of experimentation for modernization, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
Zooming into Focus, Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
Something Is Happening!, Maple-poplar Woods - In Orioles Singing in the Willows Park, Hangzhou
True to Life, Taikang Top Space, Beijing
Mahjong, Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
51st International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, China Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Outsider, Long March Space, Beijing
Shanghai Constructions, Group exhibition by 10 artists, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai
Melbourne International Arts Festival, Spacement, Watson Place, Melbourne, Australia
The Second Triennial of Chinese Art, Archaeology of the Future, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing
Yokohama International Triennale of Contemporary Art 2005, Yokohama, Japan
Videozoom: Chinese Video Artists, The City: Mirage and reflection, Galeria Sala 1, Centro Internazionale d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
Monuments of the USA, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, U.S.A.
Follow Me!, Contemporary Chinese Art at the Threshold of the New Millennium, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2004 5th Shanghai Biennale, Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
Shanghai Duolun Exhibition of Young Artists, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Dial 62761232 (Express Delivery Exhibition), Contemporary Art Exhibition, BizArt, Shanghai
Between Past and Future, New Photography and Video from China, ICP and the Asia Society, NY, USA (traveling, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA; V&A, London, UK; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany)
The Monk and the Demon, Art Contemporain Chinois, Musee Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon, France
Light as Fuck! Shanghai Assemblage 2000-2004, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
Shanghai Surprise, Lothringer13 - Stadtische Kunsthalle München, Munich, Germany
Zooming into Focus (SAM), Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
China Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.A.
Regeneration, Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the U.S.A., Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, U.S.A. (traveling to many places in U.S.A.)
Feverish Unconscious: The Digital Culture in Contemporary, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
Chine: génération vidéo, MEP - Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris, France
A I'Ouest du Sud de l'Est, L'annee de la Chine, CRAC Centre Regional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sete, France
Beyond Boundaries, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai
Is It Art?, Black Show, Noanoa Center, Xi'an
Zooming into Focus (Singapore), Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
Zooming into Focus (Tijuana), Chinese Contemporary Photography from the Haudenschild Collection, Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico
2003 Open Sky, Grand Opening of Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Fabricated Paradises, Chinese Contemporary Art, Le Parvis centre d'art contemporain, Pau, France
Second Hand Reality, Today Art Museum, Beijing
The Minority is Subordinate to the Majority, BizArt, Shanghai
Control-Z, Top Space, Beijing
Dajia - Studying on Design from Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fudan University, Shanghai
+System, Short Videos from the World 2002-2003, BizArt, Shanghai
Department, Contemporary art exhibition, Bai Ta Ling, Hangzhou
The Fifth System, Public Art in the Age of Post-Planning, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, Guangdong
Zooming into Focus (San Diego), Chinese Contemporary Photography from the Haudenschild Collection, University Gallery of San Diego State University, San Diego, U.S.A.
Nasty, A Group Exhibition of Paintings, BizArt, Shanghai
2002 The First Guangzhou Trienniale - Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art (1990-2000), Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
FAN Mingzhen & FAN Mingzhu - Glad to Meet you, Twin Exhibition, Shanghai
Golden Harvest, Museum of the Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
Quick Look!, Shanghai Zhejiang Jiangsu Anhui Contemporary Art Exhibition, Consulate General of Switzerland, Shanghai
Mirage, An Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou
Too Much Flavor Mirage, Contemporary Art Exhibition, 3H Art Center, Shanghai
The 4th Annual Video Marathon, 12 hour screening, Art in General, New York, U.S.A.
VideoROM 2.0, Giancarla Zanutti Gallery, Milan, Italy
VideoROM, Le Toit du Monde, Centre Multidisciplinaire Pour la Culture Actuelle, Vevey. Switzerland
24:30 Contemporary Art Exhibition, BizArt, Shanghai
2001 Living in Time, 29 Contemporary Artists from China, National galerie im Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Berlin, Germany
49th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Plateau of Humankind, Venice, Italy
Mantic Ecstasy, Digital Image and Video Art, Hangzhou; Shanghai; Beijing
Inside the body, ISE foundation, New York, U.S.A.
Hotpot, Kinesisk Samtidskunst, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
The First Valencia Biennale, Valencia, Spain
Developing Time / Temps de Pause, BizArt, Shanghai
2000 Uncooperative Approach (Fuck Off), Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai
Inertia & Mask - Works on Paper, Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute, Shanghai
Exit, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
BIG Torino 2000, Torino Biennale, Torino, Italy
Video-Circle, Hong Kong; Berlin, Germany
Useful Life, Temporary Space, Dong Daming Rd, Shanghai
1999 Food for Though: An Insight in Chinese Contemporary Art, Canvas world art/Canvas Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Love, Chinese Contemporary Photography & Video: International Arts Festival. Tachikawa 99, Japan
The Same But Also Changed, Photography Exhibition, Shanghai
Art for Sale, Shanghai Plaza, Shanghai
Exchange, Paris, France
BM99, Bienal da Maya, Maya Art Center, Portugal
Ideas & Concepts, Shanghai Normal College, Shanghai
1998 Jin Yuan Road Nr.310, Shanghai
1996 Shanghai Fax: Let's Talk about Money, International Fax Art Exhibition, Shanghai Huashan Professional School of Art Gallery, Shanghai

Projects (All | Selected)
2021 In Just a Blink of an Eye, Art Karnival, Sculpture Park, 6F K11 Musea, Hong Kong
2019 The Compiler Screenings 2019, Passageways, Kult.kino Atelier, Basel
2015 Xu Zhen: Twenty, THE QUBE, PMQ, Hong Kong
2009 Project about the exchange with The Little Mermaid in Langelinie Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2006 My Club, Internet

Film Festivals (All | Selected)

UCCA Foundation, Beijing
Daimler Art Collection, Berlin, Germany
M+Collection, Hong Kong
Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA), Antwerp, Belgium
Tate Collection, London, U.K.
The UBS Art Collection, Zürich, Switzerland
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
DSL Collection, Paris, France
Hammer Museum, Gift of the Haudenschild Collection, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland


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