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Chen Zhen

Six Roots - Mémoire | Memory 2000, Fabrics, metal, ink, 205 x 415 x 256 cm about. © ADAGP, Paris. Photo Nestor Kim.

Chen Zhen

Six Roots - Mémoire | Memory 2000, Fabrics, metal, ink, 205 x 415 x 256 cm about. © ADAGP, Paris. Photo Ela Bialkowska.

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Six Roots - Enfance | Garçon - Childhood | Boy 2000, Wooden boat, plastic toy soldiers and tanks, metal, 173 x 382 x 150 cm. © ADAGP, Paris. Photo Michele Alberto Sereni.

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Six Roots - Enfance | Garçon - Childhood | Boy 2000, Wooden boat, plastic toy soldiers and tanks, metal, 173 x 382 x 150 cm. © ADAGP, Paris. Photo Michele Alberto Sereni.

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Six Roots - Enfance | Fille - Childhood | Girl 2000, Metal bathtub, plastic dolls, fabric, matchsticks, 215 x 80 x 55 cm. © ADAGP, Paris. Photo Ela Bialkowska.

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Jardin-Lavoir, 2000, beds, metal, wood, water, hydraulic system, objets trouvés, 700 x 2000 x 1800 cm about, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Jardin-Lavoir, 2000, beds, metal, wood, water, hydraulic system, objets trouvés, 700 x 2000 x 1800 cm about, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Chen Zhen

Jardin-Lavoir, 2000, beds, metal, wood, water, hydraulic system, objets trouvés, 700 x 2000 x 1800 cm about, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Chen Zhen

Jardin mémorable, 2000, bronze, metal, 130 x120 x 120 cm each element, 119,5 x 119,5 x 3 cm each plate, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Bertrand Huet

Chen Zhen

Jardin mémorable, 2000, bronze, metal, 130 x 120 x 120 cm each element, 119,5 x 119,5 x 3 cm each plate, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Lucio Ghilardi

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Purification Room, 2000, Objets-trouvés, clay, h. 350 x 800 x 600 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Purification Room, 2000, Objets-trouvés, clay, h. 350 x 800 x 600 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Purification Room, 2000, Objets-trouvés, clay, h. 350 x 800 x 600 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Zen Garden (2), 2000, alabaster, metal, plastic plants, wood, sand, small stones, light bulbs, 175 x 340 x 300 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Zen Garden (2), 2000, alabaster, metal, plastic plants, wood, sand, small stones, light bulbs, 175 x 340 x 300 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Zen Garden (2), 2000, alabaster, metal, plastic plants, wood, sand, small stones, light bulbs, 175 x 340 x 300 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Zen Garden (2), 2000, alabaster, metal, plastic plants, wood, sand, small stones, light bulbs, 175 x 340 x 300 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Un Village sans frontières, 2000, chair and colored candles, 50 x 32 x 25 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Jue Chang, Dancing Body – Drumming Mind (The Last Song), 2000, lits, chaises, métal, bois, peau de vache, ficelle, cordes, 230 x 1800 x 1200 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Jue Chang, Dancing Body – Drumming Mind (The Last Song), 2000, lits, chaises, métal, bois, peau de vache, ficelle, cordes, 230 x 1800 x 1200 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Jue Chang, Dancing Body – Drumming Mind (The Last Song), 2000, lits, chaises, métal, bois, peau de vache, ficelle, cordes, 230 x 1800 x 1200 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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PERFORMANCE: Jue Chang, Dancing Body – Drumming Mind (The Last Song), 2000, wood, metal, chairs, beds, cowhide, string, ropes, 230 x 1800 x 1200 cm, GEM (Haags Gemeentemuseum), Den Haag, The Netherlands, 2004, © ADAGP Paris

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PERFORMANCE: Jue Chang, Dancing Body – Drumming Mind (The Last Song), 2000, wood, metal, chairs, beds, cowhide, string, ropes, 230 x 1800 x 1200 cm, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2003, © ADAGP Paris

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PERFORMANCE: Jue Chang, Dancing Body – Drumming Mind (The Last Song), 2000, wood, metal, chairs, beds, cowhide, string, ropes, 230 x 1800 x 1200 cm, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016, © ADAGP Paris

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Crystal Landscape of Inner Body
(Serpent), 2000, crystal, metal, glass, 95 x 70 x 190 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Crystal Landscape of Inner Body
(Serpent), 2000, crystal, metal, glass, 95 x 70 x 190 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Crystal Landscape of Inner Body
(Serpent), 2000, crystal, metal, glass, 95 x 70 x 190 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Crystal Landscape of Inner Body
(Serpent), 2000, crystal, metal, glass, 95 x 70 x 190 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Crystal Landscape of Inner Body
(Serpent), 2000, crystal, metal, glass, 95 x 70 x 190 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Même lit, rêves différents, 1999, chinese bed, metal, Plexiglas, fabric, mattress, matches, polistirene balls, fan, motion sensor, television, 400 x 600 x 800 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Même lit, rêves différents, 1999, chinese bed, metal, Plexiglas, fabric, mattress, matches, polistirene balls, fan, motion sensor, television, 400 x 600 x 800 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Fu Dao / Fu Dao, Upside-down Buddha / Arrival at Good Fortune, 1997, metal, bamboo, Buddha Statues, found objects, 550 x 800 x 350 cm, © ADAGP Paris, ©1997

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Fu Dao / Fu Dao, Upside-down Buddha / Arrival at Good Fortune, 1997, metal, bamboo, Buddha Statues, found objects, 550 x 800 x 350 cm, © ADAGP Paris, ©1997

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Fu Dao / Fu Dao, Upside-down Buddha / Arrival at Good Fortune, 1997, metal, bamboo, Buddha Statues, found objects, 550 x 800 x 350 cm, © ADAGP Paris, ©1997

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Instrument musical, 1996, wood, Chinese chamber pots, metal, sound system, 68 x 121 x 45 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Rémi Lavalle

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Lands-Objectscape, 1995, metal, glass, earth, objects, neon, red acrylic paint, 100 x 110 x 30 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Marco Minò

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Lands-Objectscape, 1995, metal, glass, earth, objects, neon, red acrylic paint, 100 x 110 x 30 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Marco Minò

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Testament / Déchiffrer, 1993, metal, wood, fabric, black acrylic paint, newspaper ash, ropes, 300 x 250 x 500 cm (variable mesures), © ADAGP Paris, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Testament / Déchiffrer, 1993, metal, wood, fabric, black acrylic paint, newspaper ash, ropes, 300 x 250 x 500 cm (variable mesures), © ADAGP Paris, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Testament / Déchiffrer, 1993, metal, wood, fabric, black acrylic paint, newspaper ash, ropes, 300 x 250 x 500 cm (variable mesures), © ADAGP Paris, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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L'Autel - Rouge, blanc, noir, 1993, metal, wood, glass, self-adhesive plastic sheet, rice paper, black, white and red acrylic paint, aluminum, sand, water, red, white and black pigment powder, 159 x 100 x 35 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Rémi Lavalle

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L'Autel - Rouge, blanc, noir, 1993, metal, wood, glass, self-adhesive plastic sheet, rice paper, black, white and red acrylic paint, aluminum, sand, water, red, white and black pigment powder, 159 x 100 x 35 cm

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Le Retour des fantômes de l’homme - Find Reincarnation in Another's Corpse, 1992, Wood, earth, metal, 99 nickel-plated found objects, photographs, red and black acrylic paint, Plexiglas, 182 x 750 x 800 cm (variable dimensions), © ADAGP Paris, Photo Éric Angels

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Le Retour des fantômes de l’homme - Find Reincarnation in Another's Corpse, 1992, Wood, earth, metal, 99 nickel-plated found objects, photographs, red and black acrylic paint, Plexiglas, 182 x 750 x 800 cm (variable dimensions), © ADAGP Paris, Photo Éric Angels

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Le Retour des fantômes de l’homme - Find Reincarnation in Another's Corpse, 1992, Wood, earth, metal, 99 nickel-plated found objects, photographs, red and black acrylic paint, Plexiglas, 182 x 750 x 800 cm (variable dimensions), © ADAGP Paris, Photo Éric Angels

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Le Coffre / Le Fantôme, 1992, Wood, metal, nickel-plated found object, photograph, red and black acrylic paint, Plexiglas, 76 x 42 x 20 cm (closed), © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Le Coffre / Le Fantôme, 1992, Wood, metal, nickel-plated found object, photograph, red and black acrylic paint, Plexiglas, 76 x 42 x 20 cm (closed), © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Les Textes de la lumière / La Lumière des textes, 1992, Metal, glass, neon, red pigment powder, earth, objects, red adhesive letters, 190 x 140 x 31 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Les Textes de la lumière / La Lumière des textes, 1992, Metal, glass, neon, red pigment powder, earth, objects, red adhesive letters, 190 x 140 x 31 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Les Textes de la lumière / La Lumière des textes, 1992, Metal, glass, neon, red pigment powder, earth, objects, red adhesive letters, 190 x 140 x 31 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Les Textes de la lumière / La Lumière des textes, 1992, Metal, glass, neon, red pigment powder, earth, objects, red adhesive letters, 190 x 140 x 31 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Météorite, 1992, Metal, glass, bauxite, aluminium, photograph, red acrylic paint, 30 x 30 x 30 cm - shelf 20 x 30 x 40 c, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Rémi Lavalle

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Météorite, 1992, Metal, glass, bauxite, aluminium, photograph, red acrylic paint, 30 x 30 x 30 cm - shelf 20 x 30 x 40 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Rémi Lavalle

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La Légèreté / Le Poids, 1991, Metal, glass, stone, newspaper ash, newspapers, 216 x 155 x 40 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Andrea Rossetti

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La Légèreté / Le Poids, 1991, Metal, glass, stone, newspaper ash, newspapers, 216 x 155 x 40 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Andrea Rossetti

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La Légèreté / Le Poids, 1991, Metal, glass, stone, newspaper ash, newspapers, 216 x 155 x 40 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Andrea Rossetti

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La Légèreté / Le Poids, 1991, Metal, glass, stone, newspaper ash, newspapers, 216 x 155 x 40 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Andrea Rossetti

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Le Produit naturel / Le Produit artificiel, 1991, metal, Plexiglas, artificial flowers, mirror screen printed, cow dung, 297 x 170 x 55 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Le Produit naturel / Le Produit artificiel, 1991, metal, Plexiglas, artificial flowers, mirror screen printed, cow dung, 297 x 170 x 55 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Le Produit naturel / Le Produit artificiel, 1991, metal, Plexiglas, artificial flowers, mirror screen printed, cow dung, 297 x 170 x 55 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Le Produit naturel / Le Produit artificiel, 1991, metal, Plexiglas, artificial flowers, mirror screen printed, cow dung, 297 x 170 x 55 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Le Chemin / Le Radeau de l’écriture, 1991, Railway sleepers, metal, red acrylic paint, stones, newspapers, books, 60 x 300 x 250 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Marco Minò

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Le Chemin / Le Radeau de l’écriture, 1991, Railway sleepers, metal, red acrylic paint, stones, newspapers, books, 60 x 300 x 250 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Daniel Moulinet

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Le Chemin / Le Radeau de l’écriture, 1991, Railway sleepers, metal, red acrylic paint, stones, newspapers, books, 60 x 300 x 250 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Daniel Moulinet

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Jetons divins / Caisse démoniaque, 1991, metal, wood, objects, 250 x 150 x 100 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Chen Zhen

Jetons divins / Caisse démoniaque, 1991, metal, wood, objects, 250 x 150 x 100 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Jetons divins / Caisse démoniaque, 1991, metal, wood, objects, 250 x 150 x 100 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Mémoire 4, 1989, Oil on paper, collage of rice paper on canvas and India ink, 60 x 90 cm, © ADAGP Paris, Photo Lorenzo Fiaschi

Chen Zhen, born in Shanghai in 1955, studied at the Shanghai School of Fine Arts and Crafts (1973) where he then started teaching in 1976 before going, in 1978, to the Shanghai Drama Institute where he specialized in set design and became a professor in 1982. He was fascinated by the science of human body, he was an artist who made of experimentation and philosophy of life his own expression of art. 
At the age of twenty-five, Chen Zhen was diagnosed with an incurable illness, an experience which gave him vast insight into the value of time and space at a strong analytical level.
In 1986, after arriving in France, Chen Zhen began to concentrate on installation art. His work began to develop according to a transcultural school of thought, a concept that the artist called ‘Transexpérience’, based on the relationship between man, consumer, society and nature. 
Although Chen Zhen’s career was sadly cut short in 2000, his open-minded approach and quality of his work gained him widespread international recognition for his innovative approach to installations, that often present a dialogue between cultures, unusual material alliances and new connections between Eastern traditions and the Western artistic vocabulary. Chen Zhen transformed his research and curiosity into artistic creativity and art. He experimented with a variety of materials; from everyday objects from Shanghai’s humble everyday life, to handmade crystal made in collaboration with experienced Italian craftsmen and simple candles of common use all over the world. He combined Chinese and Western scientific knowledge and cultural and literal concepts, always juxtaposing them. 

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