Chen Zhen Cocon du Vide 2000

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Artist
Chen Zhen 1955–2000
Title
Cocon du Vide
Date 2000
Medium Wooden abacus beads, rosary beads, wooden chair, steel and paint
Dimensions Object: 2030 x 1060 x 1550 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Tate International Council 2009
Reference
T12941

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Chen Zhen lived and worked mainly between Shanghai, New York and Paris, and his work reflects this constant shifting between cultures, which the artist called ‘transexperience’. In his sculptures and installations he typically assembled obsolete everyday objects, particularly old furniture and candles, sometimes in combination with fragments of technology and consumer goods. This work belongs to a series of sculptures made between 1999 and 2000, sharing the title Cocon du Vide (‘empty cocoon’) and featuring chrysalis-like forms made from Chinese abacus and Buddhist rosary beads threaded onto metal frames.

June 2013

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