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Corporate by Xu Zhen

Corporate is an exhibition about prejudice and norms, about definitions of identity in connection with our cultural capital, about cultural heritage and its reworking under conditions of a conforming, global and above all consumer-based society. There is more on show than just an ironic engagement with images of west and east.

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Photography courtesy of Xu Zhen and MadeIn Company.

Thursday, 03.09.2015
11:00 (Cet)

 
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Xu Zhen has been seen for some years as one of the most critical and at the same time most
virtuosic of the leading figures of a younger generation of Chinese artists.

The exhibition is presented as a quasi-military positioning of serial objects in Space01 at the
Kunsthaus Graz, yet it also contains very funny, cheeky and at the same more muted tones: one
sculpture that is part of the Eternity series and thus linking cultures marries in a headstand the
eternal beauties of a bodhisattva of the Chinese Sui dynasty with the Venus de Vienne from the Louvre in Paris.

Corporate is an exhibition about prejudice and norms, about definitions of identity in connection
with our cultural capital, about cultural heritage and its reworking under conditions of a
conforming, global and above all consumer-based society. There is more on show than just an
ironic engagement with images of west and east.

As a cunning form of self-marketing and annexation all in one, Corporate is to some extent a
triumphant invasion of Europe by what is 'Chinese'. Xu Zhen's production firm 'MadeIn Company',
which produces in all genres with the greatest precision and perfection, thus operates in the
style of the 'new generation' of Asian artist producers. While Xu Zhen beguiles the public with
the persuasive power of stereotypes, he toys with artistic colonialism, tongue-in-cheek.

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition with texts by Philip Tinari, Chris Moore, Petra Pölzl, an
interview between Xu Zhen and Katrin Bucher Trantow and an introduction by Peter Pakesch.

Corporate by  Xu Zhen (Produced by MadeIn Company)
Kunsthaus Graz, Space01, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz
Opening: September 26, 2015, 6 pm
Duration of exhibition: September 27, 2015–January 10, 2016
Curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow and Peter Pakesch





 
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