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Chen Zhen, Field of Synergy, 2000, 
iron children’s beds, plastic tubes, wooden Chinese bed, lights, fan, motion sensor, numbered polystyrene balls, fabric, Plexiglas. Installation view.

Chen Zhen

Galleria Continua | San Gimignano

Chen Zhen, Field of Synergy, 2000, 
iron children’s beds, plastic tubes, wooden Chinese bed, lights, fan, motion sensor, numbered polystyrene balls, fabric, Plexiglas. Installation view.

This exhibition—titled “Les pas silencieux” (The Silent Steps), after an artist’s book made by Chen Zhen in 1997—brings together a selected body of twenty works dating from between 1990 and 2000, when Chen died. Its centerpiece is a reinstallation of Field of Synergy, 2000. First created for what turned out to be the last show of Chen’s lifetime, the work now again stands out for its metaphorical force and visual power. An enormous yellow cloth completely covers the floor of the central space of the former movie theater that is now Galleria Continua. In the middle sits a canopied Chinese bed, its sides enclosed with sheets of glass, like a box. Inside the “box,” scores of numbered polystyrene balls leap about thanks to a mechanism set in motion by visitors’ movements. The little balls shoot up like in a lotto game, repeatedly falling back down in new combinations, as

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