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A China Portal: Ken Lum meets Chen Zhen

A Canadian Art Spring 2008 print edition feature
Chen Zhen <em>Un monde accroché/détaché</em> 1990  Courtesy Galleria Continua San Gimignano/Beijing  Photo Chen Zhen/Guan Huai Bing Chen Zhen Un monde accroché/détaché 1990 Courtesy Galleria Continua San Gimignano/Beijing Photo Chen Zhen/Guan Huai Bing

Chen Zhen <em>Un monde accroché/détaché</em> 1990 Courtesy Galleria Continua San Gimignano/Beijing Photo Chen Zhen/Guan Huai Bing

The installation artist Chen Zhen (1955–2000) thrived on creative contradiction, fusing classical Chinese philosophy with the fractured energy of contemporary commodity culture. In the mid 1990s, Vancouver artist Ken Lum met Chen Zhen in Paris and was impressed by the holistic depth of his conception of artmaking. In this feature story from our print edition, Lum remembers their meeting.

This article was first published online on April 24, 2008.

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