Zhao Zhao

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Zhao Zhao, born in Xinjiang in 1982, graduated from the Xinjiang Institute of Art in 2003 and later attended the Beijing Film Academy. He now lives and works in Beijing

A former assistant to Ai Weiwei, Zhao Zhao is often thought of as anti-authoritarian and non-conformist. One of the most versatile artists of his generation, his practice includes painting, sculpture, installation, video, performance and photography. His works often draw on his personal experience or subvert everyday objects by recreating them in unusual materials.

Zhao Zhao has received the support of numerous international institutions in- cluding MoMA PS1, Tampa Museum of Art, Padiglione d’arte contemporanea Milan, the Museum of Asian Art Berlin and UCCA Beijing.


  • Graduated from Xinjiang Institute of Arts, Department of Oil Painting

  • Currently lives and works in Beijing


  • Born in Xinjiang, China

Solo Exhibitions


  • Zhao Zhao, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

  • Zhao Zhao, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Hangzhou, China


  • Constellations Zhao Zhao II, Chambers Fine Art, New York, U.S.A. 

  • Zhao Zhao, Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Zhao Zhao – Omnipresent , Roberts & Tilton, LA, U.S.A.

  • 46th Art Basel in Switzerland, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Basel, Switzerland


  • Untitled – Zhao Zhao, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China

  • Zhao Zhao – Uncertainty, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, China 

  • How – Zhao Zhao, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Hong Kong, China


  • Constellations Zhao Zhao, Chambers Fine Art, New York, U.S.A.

  • Nothing inside II, Alexander Ochs, Berlin, Germany

  • A Sense of Security: Zhao Zhao, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China

  • A Sense of Security II: China Likes Me and I Likes China, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China


  • Nothing Inside, Alexander Ochs, Beijing, China


  • According to Zhao Zhao, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, China

  • Naked Walking, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, Germany


  • 5113, 51 Square Meters Project, Taikang Space, Beijing, China


  • Da Quan Gou, CAAW, Beijing, China

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing,China


  • New voices: a dslcollection story, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY

  • Jing Shen: The Act of Painting in Contemporary China, Padiglione d’arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy


  • Spirit, Pac Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

  • Beyond Stuff, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

  • Fusion’ Chinese Contemporary Art Since the 1930s, Wanlin Art Museum of Wuhan University, Wuhan, China


  • Zero Tolerance, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.A. 

  • Unlived by What is Seen, Tang Contemporary Art Center, Pace Gallery Beijing, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China

  • Wormhole: Geo – Attraction, Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei, China

  • My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.

  • Time is a Saw: Established and Emerging Contemporary Chinese Artists, Crossman Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

  • ART14 London, London, U.K.

  • New York Armory Art – Focus on China, Chambers Fine Art, New York, U.S.A.


  • Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Museum of Asian Art, Berlin, Germany

  • More Than Meets the Eye, Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing, China

  • The 14th OPEN Performance Art Festival, Space Station, Beijing, China

  • Read, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China

  • Jungle II – A Thriving Morphology: Theory of Relativity, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China

  • Individual Growth – Motive Power of Contemporary Art, Tianjin Art Museum, Tianjin, China

  • Groundwork Community, Taikang Space, Beijing, China

  • Fuck Off 2, Groninger Museum, Netherlands

  • China China, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine

  • Game of Power , Asian Art Museum, Berlin, Germany

  • Pessimism or Resistance? Taikang Space, Beijing, China

  • Marcel Duchamp And/Or/In China, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art(UCCA), Beijing, China

  • ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


  • The Worst Show, Gland, Beijing, China

  • Detached Involvemen, Newageart Gallery, Beijing, China

  • Future Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China 


  • Catching the Moon in the Water, James Cohan, New York, U.S.A.

  • Image, History, Existence, Taikang Life 15th Anniversary Art Collection Exhibition, Beijing, China

  • 5 x 5 Castello 11, Premi International d’Art contemporani Diputacio de Castello, Castello, Spain

  • 1+1: A Cross-strait-four-regions, Artistic Exchange Project, He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen;Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong; Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, China

  • Freestyle, Li Space, Beijing, China

  • 51m2: 16 Emerging Chinese Artist, Tai Kang Space, Beijing, China


  • Reflection of Minds, MoCA Shanghai Envisage III, Shanghai, China

  • Conception as Enzyme, A4 Gallery, Chengdu, China

  • Charism, Get it Louder 2010, Beijing / Shanghai, China

  • 3 + X, CAAW, Beijing, China

  • No-Name Station, China/Australia Contemporary Art Exhibition, Iberia Center for

  • Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

  • Interpret Out of Context, T Space, Beijing, China

  • Moving! , Li Space, Beijing, China

  • The Burden of Representation, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China

  • Also Space, C-Space, Beijing, China

  • Archives, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China


  • Art Economies Beyond Pattern Recognition, Osage Gallery, Shanghai, China

  • Personal Space, 24 HR Art-Northern Territory Contemporary Art Centre, Darwin, Australia

  • Work in Progress – How Do Artists Work, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


  • Delirious Beijing, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China

  • Insomnia, Bizart Art Center, Shanghai, China

  • Landscape Topology, Magee Art Gallery, Beijing, China

  • Chinese Freedom, T Space, Beijing, China

  • Interposition 366, Zendai Moma, Shanghai, China