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  • Chen Zhen

    Pirelli HangarBicocca
    Via Chiese 2
    April 9–July 26, 2020

    Curated by Vicente Todolí

    Chen Zhen was a pioneer of abstract painting in his native Shanghai in the years following the Cultural Revolution. He moved to France in 1986, at the age of thirty-one, and became an inspiration to other members of the Chinese contemporary art community; Huang Yong Ping, Shen Yuan, Yang Jiechang, and Wang Du all relocated to Paris in the following years. During his short life—he died at the age of forty-five—he developed a unique and sophisticated language through large installations in which he uses personal experience to address cultural difference, universality, and (dis)connection between the East and West. This retrospective and its bilingual catalogue will frame his important reflections on the complexity of cross-cultural realities at the end of the Cold War and at the beginning of accelerated globalization.