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United Kingdom

Chen Zhen

Katie Hill

CHEN ZHEN, Crystal Ball, 1999, mixed media, dimensions variable

Chen Zhen's life, tragically cut short at the end of 2000, spans forty-five years of an extraordinary transformation in the history and practice of Chinese art, which his own work reflects. Born in 1955, Chen studied set design in Shanghai in the late 1970s, a time when art academies were opening up after the disruption of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). One might say that when theatre design became art, conceptual art began in China. Chen was part of a…

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