Kennesaw State presents exhibition by Franco−Chinese artist Chen Zhen

The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University will present the exhibition‚ “Merging…

Georgia (Jan 13, 2006) — Kennesaw State presents exhibition by Franco−Chinese artist Chen Zhen

Cheryl Anderson Brown


Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown‚ 770−499−3417

The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University will present the exhibition‚ “Merging East and West: Chen Zhen’s Cross−Cultural Installations‚” in the Sturgis Library Gallery‚ January 18−March 3. Admission is free.

Chen‚ who died in 2000‚ was internationally renowned for engaging works that combined Eastern sensibility with Western contemporary aesthetics. His works are critical satires with political‚ economic‚ and cultural overtones or meditations on the interface between matter and spirit. Chen focused on the power of objects to create metaphysical connections to the transcendent.

Raised during China’s cultural revolution‚ Chen studied at Shanghai School of Fine and Applied Arts and at Shanghai Theatre Academy. In 1986‚ he immigrated to France and completed his studies at École National Superieure des Beaux−Arts and Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques. With more than 30 solo exhibitions and 100 group exhibitions to his credit‚ he was perhaps best known for his contributions to the 45th and 48th Venice Biennales and for works created for United Nations sites.

The exhibition at Kennesaw State features five installations‚ created over the last five years of Chen Zhen’s life‚ when he knew he was dying from autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Several of these works‚ therefore‚ reflect his contemplation of life and mortality

“Chen Zhen was a man of wisdom‚ principle‚ generosity‚ inexhaustible energy and a keen sense of humor‚” says KSU Professor of Theatre Design Ming Chen‚ who was a personal friend of the artist. Ming Chen has worked with Roberta Griffin‚ KSU director of galleries‚ to coordinate the exhibition. “Chen Zhen used his art as a weapon to fight for freedom‚ human dignity‚ and the well−being of humanity. He was a man to whom life and art were one.”

During the exhibition‚ several guest lectures by internationally prominent art experts will be presented. These are free and open to the public. Guest lectures include:

7−9 p.m.‚ Jan. 18‚ opening reception with a gallery talk by Lorenzo Fiaschi;

10 a.m.‚ Jan. 19‚ “Chen Zhen: Etlarichesse d’un vagabon de la culture” by Lorenzo Fiaschi;

6:30 p.m.‚ Jan. 19‚ “Transexperience: Chen Zhen’s Art and Thoughts” by Hou Hanru; and

6:30 p.m.‚ Feb. 8‚ “The Installations of Chen Zhen” by Antonio Guerrero.

Presented as part of the KSU celebration of the “Year of China‚” this exhibition and its guest lectures have been made possible through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts‚ Cultural Services of the French Embassy‚ Georgia Humanities Council‚ Sino−American Education Consortium‚ Art Papers and several Kennesaw State departments.

The Sturgis Gallery is open 11 a.m.−3 p.m. Monday−Thursday‚ 7−9 p.m. Wednesday−Thursday and 1−4 p.m. Saturday. For more information‚ visit or call 770−499−3223.


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