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Chen Zhen

China (1955 -  2000 )
CHEN ZHEN Drawing For Prayer Wheel

Christie's /May 31, 2015
9,569.47 - 14,354.20
28,710.00

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Chen Zhen - Place Of Emptiness

Chen Zhen - Place Of Emptiness

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Lot number: 482
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Chen Zhen (1955-2000) Place of Emptiness wooden chair, Chinese chamber pots, metal and sound system 68 x 43 x 33 in. (172.7 x 109.2 x 83.8 cm.) Executed in 1999. This work will be included in the upcoming Chen Zhen catalogue raisonné, Volume II. Chen Zhen (1955-2000) was a pioneering artist of the generation that had witnessed the Chinese Cultural Revolution and its aftermath. Born in Shanghai, he emigrated to France in 1986 to study at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. In the process, he transitioned from a painter to an artist whose large-scale installation works reflect deep critical inquiry into the boundaries of identity. The artist’’’’’’’’s practice bridges disciplines relating to performance; dance and music with the implication of the corporeal presence by virtue of such articles as chair and bed. Process drawings accentuate sculpture and further define meaning and intent. Zhen’’’’’’’’s experience of being part of the Chinese diaspora led him to use ready-made and found objects to create works that transformed them by situating them in a different context, without the objects losing their original identity. His most famous work, Jue Chang – Fifty Strokes to Each, 1998, was shown in the 1999 Venice Biennial and was central to his posthumous solo exhibition in 2003 at MoMA P.S.1, New York. At once a dance, a musical performance and a sculptural installation, the work brings together wood, metal, chairs and beds strung up with ropes and other objects to be beaten as drums by viewers as a way to challenge the conventional method of solving political disputes and historical conflicts in the world. Zhen’’’’’’’’s use of humble materials and belief in the artist as an agent of change recalls the art of another great conceptual artist, Joseph Beuys, while his compassionate understanding of the political issues surrounding the work’’’’’’’’s original site in conflict-ridden Tel Aviv demonstrates his prowess in tackling universal topics with sensitivity and delightful wit. As his work matured, Zhen was invited to exhibit around the world, from Johannesburg to Texas. Zhen continued his exploration of globalization through his practice, where he attempted to anchor himself in a variety of cultural contexts to have a dialogue with the local culture, while diluting the mono-cultural influence of the West (J. Sans, “The Resounding Silence: Interview of Chen Zhen,” in Chen Zhen: A Tribute, New York, 2003, p.29). His masterful repurposing of Chinese objects for installations in non-Chinese contexts allows for the viewer to come up with different associations for the objects while introducing their original meanings into a new situation. While his struggle with cancer intensified, Zhen’’’’’’’’s art investigated healing and traditional Chinese medicine alongside additional references to the body. He became very interested in the synergy of energies that link and interconnect with each other within the organs of the body. Couverture, 1998, is a blanket made of walnuts, which in Chinese tradition was not only a symbol of status but also used for massaging the hands as this was thought to help activate the body. His drawings show his deliberate juxtaposition of the walnuts with the absent body as well as his consideration of such traditional concepts. The shell/walnut stands as an analogy to the skull/brain. The skull protects the brain while the brain is the locus for thought and creativity. The base for the work is an idealized version of a hospital operating table and is referential to the artist’’’’’’’’s reflection on his own mortality in addressing his cancer but in its simplification the intent is to make the meaning a universal reference to the human condition and illness. Chaise de concentration, 1999, is an installation of four chamber pots and stereo speakers over a chair, recalling the therapeutic act of listening to music while humorously reminding the viewer of the act of bodily cleansing. The chair and commodes themselves are a reference to archaic ordinary objects that have become repurposed and subsumed by contemporary technology and progress. Chen Zhen, as an artist and human, is keenly aware of what was lost and gained specifically in the Chinese Cultural Revolution but can be made parallel in the name of “progress” across cultures. Both are master strokes by Zhen as physical manifestations of medical synergies as well as regeneration of cultural meaning in these objects. They reflect his final desire as an artist, despite his untimely passing, to be a healer and for healing to be a source for an artistic process of investigation.
Chen Zhen - Objets Séparés  Traces Mêlées

Chen Zhen - Objets Séparés Traces Mêlées

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Lot number: 208
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Lot Description CHEN ZHEN (1955-2000) Objets séparés / Traces mêlées (Separated Objects / Combined Traces) metal, wood, glass, plastic sticker, rice paper, acrylic, ink, sand, water, metal teapot and stone element 47 ¼ x 41 3/8 x 11 ¾in. (120 x 105 x 30cm.) Executed in 1990 Provenance Dany Keller Galerie, Munich. Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1991. Literature D. Rosenberg, Chen Zhen, Rome 1991, pp. 16-17. D. Rosenberg and X. Min, Chen Zhen. Invocation of Washing Fire, Prato Siena 2003 (illustrated in colour, p. 57). Exhibited Rome, Galleria Valentina Moncada, Chen Zhen, 1991. Munich, Dany Keller Galerie, Natur und Objekt - Ready-Made Mumifikation, 1991.
Chen Zhen - La Légèreté/le Poids

Chen Zhen - La Légèreté/le Poids

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Lot number: 171
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Chen Zhen 1955 - 2000 LA LÉGÈRETÉ/LE POIDS metal, stone, wood, plexiglass and newspaper ashes 216 by 155 by 40cm.; 85 by 61 by 15 3/4 in. Executed in 1991. Provenance Galleria Valentina Moncada, Rome Studio Pino Casagrande, Rome Private Collection, Italy Sale: Sotheby's, Paris, Art Contemporain, 5 June 2013, Lot 24 Acquired directly from the above by the present owner Exhibited Rome, Galleria Valentina Moncada, Chen Zhen, 1991, n.p, illustrated in colour Literature David Rosenberg, Xu Min, Chen Zhen, Invocation of Washing Fire, Paris 2003, p. 78, illustrated in colour
Chen Zhen - Drawing For Prayer Wheel

Chen Zhen - Drawing For Prayer Wheel

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Lot number: 244
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Chen Zhen (Chinese, B. 1955-2000) Drawing for Prayer Wheel; Sketches for Prayer Wheel; Drawing for Prayer Wheel; & Sketches for Prayer Wheel signed 'Chen Zhen' (right side); signed 'Chen Zhen', dated '5.97', and titled 'Prayer Wheel-Money makes mare go' (lower right); signed 'Chen Zhen' (lower right); & signed 'Chen Zhen', dated '97', and titled 'Prayer Wheel-Money makes mare go' (on each collaged paper) india ink on paper; black, red, and green rollerball pen and photocopy on paper; india ink and charcoal on paper; & black rollerball pen and black felt pen on paper each: 50.2 x 63.2 cm. (19 3/4 x 25 1/8 in.) (4) Executed in 1997; 1997; 1997; & 1997 (4)
Chen Zhen - Lire Les Cendres, Écouter Le Silence

Chen Zhen - Lire Les Cendres, Écouter Le Silence

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Lot number: 349
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Chen Zhen 1955 - 2000 LIRE LES CENDRES, ÉCOUTER LE SILENCE 1994 - 1999 plexiglass, glass, ash logs, metal and lamp 100 by 250 by 33cm.; 39 3/8 by 98 3/8 by 13in. Executed in 1994. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Galleria Continua, San Gimignano Acquired directly from the above by the present owner “Ashes are both the body of a disinfected memory and a fertilizing manure for the earth […] Newspapers are the ‘snapshot’’ of the times … Ashes are the ‘eternity’’ of newspapers.” Chen Zhen quoted in: Exhibition Catalogue, Turin, Galerie Perrotin, Chen Zhen, “Fragments d’’éternité” 2014, online resource
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