Chen Zhen | the artist

The artist Chen Zhen
Born 1955, Shanghai, China.
Died Dec 13 2000, Paris, France.
Style and technique of the artist: Sculpture Objects, Venice Biennale,

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The installation artist Chen Zhen (1955–2000) thrived on creative contradiction, fusing classical Chinese philosophy with the fractured energy of contemporary commodity culture. In the mid 1990s, Vancouver artist Ken Lum met Chen Zhen in Paris and was impressed by the holistic depth of his conception of artmaking…

Chen Zhen brings together memories from his childhood with symbols of contemporary culture to express the complexities and nuances that characterize our present-day global experience. Walking to school as a child in Shanghai, Chen Zhen would see women engaged in the daily ritual of washing chamber pots in the street. At school he would hear the obligatory daily reading from Mao Zedong’s “Little Red Book” of communist doctrine intended to “cleanse the soul.”...