Conceptual artist, curator and entrepreneur Xu Zhen is a leading figure among the younger generation of Chinese contemporary artists. His extensive body of work across multiple platforms and media is intended to push boundaries, satirise cultural assumptions and confront a range of socio-political taboos. Xu’s pseudo-documentary 8848 – 1.86 (2005) recounts his team scaling the world’s highest mountain and cutting off its top. The multi-media installation comprises a refrigerated vitrine displaying a snowy peak, video of the expedition, oxygen masks and equipment allegedly used to make the trek. The artist’s claim to have taken part of the mountain to China is a witty and provocative play on foreign perceptions of China’s insensitivity to surrounding nations.
Xu Zhen 'Artists Change the Way People Think'
Artist, curator and entrepreneur Xu Zhen is a leading figure among the younger generation of Chinese contemporary artists
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Art TermConceptual art is art for which the idea (or concept) behind the work is more important than the finished art …
Art TermThe term multi-media describes artworks made from a range of materials and include an electronic element such as audio or …
Art TermThe term installation art is used to describe large-scale, mixed-media constructions, often designed for a specific place or for a …