Studio Visit: Artist Xu Zhen

A Warhol-like factory of paintings and sculpture, an hour outside of central Shanghai

by Alessandro de Toni An hour drive out of Shanghai—far from the urban glitter and the lavish skyscrapers, into a land where Chinese cities tend to look all the same—lies MadeIn Company. Amid storage spaces and small factories, it’s a warehouse like many others surrounding it, and yet this is a place that has shaken up the Chinese contemporary art scene. We have arrived at …

Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production

The Chinese artist balances between spirituality, irony, somberness and humor in his ongoing exhibition

Xu Zhen is a pioneer within Chinese underground contemporary art and an influential figure in Shanghai’s scene. In 1998, along with Davide Quadrio, he founded Bizart in Shanghai, a platform to support local and international artists, which has been at the forefront of the most innovative art exhibitions and curatorial practices in China for years. In the late ’90s, when new media art was not …