Chen Zhen / Catalogue Raisonné
Tome / volume I (1977 - 1996) et Tome / Volume II (1997 - 2000)
ADAC – Association des Amis de Chen Zhen
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Chères amies et chers amis,
Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer la parution du Catalogue Raisonné de Chen Zhen, publié en deux tomes aux éditions Skira et réalisé sous la direction de l’ADAC – Association des Amis de Chen Zhen, en collaboration avec Galleria Continua.
En présentant l’ensemble des œuvres réalisées par l’artiste à partir de 1977, le catalogue raisonné permettra au lecteur d’en comprendre la genèse, grâce à une plus ample confrontation avec sa pensée globale, ainsi que la façon dont l’artiste était engagé à la fois dans l’art de son temps, mais aussi dans la vie.
Le travail global de l’artiste est présenté dans un ordre chronologique, en deux tomes sous forme de coffret. Le catalogue est disponible en deux versions : l’une en langue française, l’autre en anglais.
Le premier tome est consacré à la période 1977-1996. Il couvre les premières années d’activité de Chen Zhen en tant que peintre en Chine, jusqu’en 1986, année pendant laquelle il quitte l’Orient pour partir vivre et travailler en France, où il décide de se consacrer entièrement à l’art et, plus particulièrement, aux installations.
Le deuxième tome présente l’activité de l’artiste à partir de 1997. La multiplication des expositions internationales, son intérêt pour le dialogue interculturel, jusqu’à son dernier grand projet, celui de devenir médecin. Un projet qui restera à jamais inachevé à cause de son décès, survenu le 13 décembre 2000. Ce tome comprend également une section sur les œuvres posthumes de Chen Zhen, réalisées sur la base de ses dessins.
Les tomes sont divisés en huit chapitres. Chaque chapitre est introduit par un texte rédigé par Isabelle Renard et Xu Min, une sorte de « guide pour le lecteur » qui replace le travail de l’artiste dans son contexte historique et nous fournit les clés pour comprendre le processus créatif suivi par Chen Zhen. Dans chaque section, on trouve aussi des textes, des entretiens et des essais. Chacune des œuvres présentées dans le catalogue est accompagnée par son titre, sa date de création, la description des matériaux utilisés, ses dimensions, sa collection actuelle, ainsi que par une biographie exhaustive des expositions et publications.
Nous vous invitons à souscrire et commander dès aujourd'hui le Catalogue Raisonné de Chen Zhen (Tome I et II) au prix spécial de 190 € (frais de transport compris) au lieu de 230 € (prix final en librairie). Pour recevoir le Catalogue Raisonné il vous suffira de remplir le formulaire de souscription ci-dessous et de le renvoyer ensuite, par courriel (firstname.lastname@example.org), à l’ADAC, en effectuant, en parallèle, un virement bancaire de la somme indiquée.
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We are pleased to announce the publication of the Catalogue Raisonné of Chen Zhen, published by Skira and edited by ADAC – Association des Amis de Chen Zhen in collaboration with Galleria Continua. In presenting the collection of the artist’s works from 1977, the Catalogue Raisonné will offer readers an opportunity to understand their genesis and also to perceive them in relation to overall thought, thus comprehending how the artist was involved within the art of his time and also with life.
The work of the artist is presented in chronological order, in two volumes with a slipcase. They will be proposed in two versions, one in French and the other in English.
The first volume is dedicated to the years between 1977 and 1996. It comprises the early years of his activity as a painter in China, specifically 1986, the year in which Chen Zhen left the Orient to come to live and work in France, at the same time as he decided to concentrate on his artistic work and devote his efforts to installations. The second volume presents the artist’s activity from 1997 until his death on the 13th of December 2000 and also comprises a section on his posthumous works, created using his designs.
Each volume is divided into five main parts. Each one of them has an introduction written by Isabelle Renard and Xu Min, a sort of reader’s guide which places the artist’s work in its historical context and highlights certain key periods of his creative journey. The different parts also include texts, interviews and essays.
Each work presented will be documented with its title, date, material, dimensions, current collection and the complete biography of exhibitions and publications. We invite you to subscribe and order the Catalogue Raisonné of Chen Zhen (Volumes I - II) today, at the special price of €190 (including transport) instead of €230 (the final price in bookstores).
To receive the Catalogue Raisonné, all you have to do is fill in the subscription form and return it by email (email@example.com) to the association, making out your bank transfer to ADAC.ADAC will send you the Catalogue Raisonné following receipt of payment.
Ala Scaligera, Rocca di Angera (Va), Italy
18 May - 27 September 2020
Within the sphere of the artistic project promoted by the Princes Vitaliano and Marina Borromeo Arese, from 20 April 2020 the restored spaces of the Ala Scaligera inside the castle in Angera are hosting the third exhibition of contemporary art entitled Fantastic Utopias.The exhibition itinerary is curated by Ilaria Bonacossa with the collaboration of Galleria Continua.
Artists: Jonathas De Andrade, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Carlos Garaicoa, Antony Gormley, Shilpa Gupta, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Zhanna Kadyrova, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ornaghi & Prestinari, Kiki Smith, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ai Weiwei and Chen Zhen.
On display are the works of 15 international artists who, in their diversity, give rise to unexpected and perhaps even magical images and objects, both seductive and frightening at the same time, able to take us to alternative universes far removed from verisimilitude.
The fantastic, relegated to the world of childhood ever since the 19th century, has become the means to break with conventions and imagine what seems impossible and unknown. Each of these works uses the fantastic to talk of fantastic utopias into which society and its idiosyncrasies are transformed. These artists testify to how imagining an alternative reality offers the first step towards reaching it.
The exhibition has come about from the premise that in our post-real world, in which conflicts and political and environmental crises seem to follow each other in rapid succession, the fantastic and its representations have returned to being at the centre of contemporary reflections.
Phenomena and trends such as the worldwide success of Harry Potter, the Oscar for the film The Shape of Water (2017) or TV's obsession with Game of Thrones (2011–2019) are the proof of this. With the aim of escaping reality, we dream of being surrounded by magical creatures, we live thinking about monsters and battles between dystopian worlds, as though the secularization of society were to lead to the need to imagine ourselves in other worlds.
Chen Zhen: 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
Ph. Andrea Rossetti
View of the show: Fantastic Utopias
The artist-collector’s dream (a nice thing)
created by Nedko Solakov
Via del Castello 11
San Gimignano (Si)
February 22 – September 06, 2020
with Monica Bonvicini, Geta Bratescu, Daniel Buren, Chen Zhen, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ceal Floyer, Shilpa Gupta, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Andrei Monastyrski, Rudi Ninov, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Carol Rama, Karin Sander, Roman Signer, Dimitar Solakov, Artur Zmijewski
Galleria Continua is pleased to present “The Artist-Collector’s Dream (a nice thing)”: an exhibition that sees the Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov simultaneously engaged in playing multiple roles: artist, collector, architect of the realisation of one of his dreams. Ultimately, the creator of an inclusive and decidedly original exhibition project.
Nedko Solakov and his wife collect works by artists whom they value and whose work they love immensely. Over the years they have put together a vast collection composed mostly of small works; from this collection, Solakov selected sixteen artists from whom they have works and three - Chen Zhen, Anish Kapoor and Carol Rama - from whom they don’t have works, writing to them and inviting them to take part in his project for Galleria Continua in San Gimignano.
This exhibition therefore takes shape from Solakov’s desire to enrich, even if only temporarily, his collection with much larger or simply different works establishing a dialogue with the authors that configures through a series of texts with which he accompanies each of the works. Monica Bonvicini, Geta Bratescu, Daniel Buren, Chen Zhen, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ceal Floyer, Shilpa Gupta, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Andrei Monastyrski, Rudi Ninov, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Carol Rama, Karin Sander, Roman Signer, Dimitar Solakov, Artur Zmijewski are the artists invited to take part in the project. In “The Artist-Collector’s Dream (a nice thing)” we meet a variety of artists, who differ widely with regard to their origins, artistic interests and formation. Some of these, having previously worked with Galleria Continua, are already familiar with the exhibition spaces of the former cinema-theatre, while others are new to them.
Nedko Solakov’s artistic production is inseparable from the autobiographical experience. He continuously applies a mechanism of overturning or upheaval - mixing original sources and imagination, and stimulating a sense of immediate sharing by the viewer; however at the same time he embraces wide- ranging themes and always takes into account the relationship between the real context and the way in which this influences events and the work of the artist. It adopts the most varied forms: installations, drawings, photographs, projections and performances. It is characterised by the frequent presence of writing and annotation. The boundary between drawing and writing is blurred and the written texts themselves become drawings. With a poetic - but biting - spirit, Solakov thus dismantles clichés and demystifies pre-established ideas, calling into question the system of art, collective ‘truths’ and the contradictions of human existence.
Chen Zhen: Six Roots Mémoire | Memory 2000
View of the show: The artist-collector’s dream (a nice thing)
"Allure of Matter: Material Art from China"
Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL, USA
7 February - 3 May 2020
Organized by the Smart Museum of Art in Hyde Park along with Wrightwood 659 in Lincoln Park, The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China (February 7–May 3, 2020) features 45 two- and three-dimensional works made from a range of unique and humble materials.
“The Allure of Matter brings to the fore an incredible roster of artists who have developed intensely personal connections with unconventional materials. Taken together, the works introduce a broader framework for understanding global contemporary art, which I call 'Material Art' or caizhi yishu, where material—rather than image or style—is the paramount vehicle of aesthetic, political, and emotional expression”, said Wu Hung, Smart Museum Adjunct Curator, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, and Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago. “Through their under-studied experimentations and often overlooked use of unconventional materials, the artists featured in The Allure of Matter have broken away from past art practices and styles. Their monumental works represent a multifaceted phenomenon that inspires us to ask big questions about our relationship to the everyday material world around us as well as the interrelationship between Chinese art and broader trends in contemporary art globally,” added Orianna Cacchione, exhibition co-curator and Smart Museum Curator of Global Contemporary Art.
The Allure of Matter showcases 45 works which are complementary in form, material, and visual effect. It is divided into two halves at the Smart Museum (24 works by 16 artists) and Wrightwood 659 (21 works by 14 artists). Notably, this presentation of The Allure of Matter expands upon the version debuted in spring 2019 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with nine additional works being shown only in Chicago.
The Allure of Matter features work by Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Chen Zhen, Gu Dexin, gu wenda, He Xiangyu, Hu Xiaoyuan, Huang Yong Ping, Jin Shan, Liang Shaoji, Lin Tianmiao, Liu Jianhua, Liu Wei, Ma Qiusha, Shi Hui, Song Dong, Sui Jianguo, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Wang Jin, Xu Bing, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhan Wang, Zhang Huan, Zhang Yu, and Zhu Jinshi.
Crystal Landscape of Inner Body
Crystal, metal, glass
95 x 190 x 70 cm
Ph. Ela Biakowska
Courtesy: GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana