Zheng Guogu Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Zheng Guogu
Year Two Thousand, Another Two Thousand Years to Rust


Set of 23 hand made and etched life size wine and beer bottles

In Year Two Thousand, Another Two Thousand Years To Rust Zheng uses iron for its connotations as primitive, industrial, and militaristic material, as well as for it’s sheer weight, to cast a variety of liquor bottles. Zheng’s sculpture makes reference to China’s fast expanding economy in relation to its millennia-old history, humorously posing the transient icons of commodity culture and frivolous indulgence as indestructible anti-ergonomic ballasts. In theory, each of Zheng’s bottles should take 2000 years to fully disintegrate, allegorically reversing the calendar of Western civilisation and restoring a balance of nature.
Zheng Guogu


Collaborative work with the Yangjiang group inc. Chen Zaiyan and Sun Qinglin

Wax, calligraphy, metal armature

210 x 140 x 140 cm

Zheng Guogu’s sculptural work often combines enduring and imperious materials with unorthodox and fragile substances, the physicality of his forms operating as both tactile and symbolic matter. In Waterfall, melted wax pours over a metal ballast, literally freezing poetry in motion, embedding calligraphy scripts in the pristine fountain. Suggestive of a mountainous landscape, Waterfall is both illusory and monumental, creating an image of cyclical purity, a suspended and harmonious tension between permanence and temporality; its ethereal whiteness in Chinese culture signifies grief and mourning.

Other artists in

Zhang Dali    Zeng Fanzhi    Wang Guangyi    Zheng Guogu    Zhang Haiying    Zhang Hongtu    Zhang Huan    Qiu Jie    Xiang Jing    Shi Jinsong    Fang Lijun    Yue Minjun    Li Qing    Wu Shanzhuan    Shen Shaomin    Li Songsong    Zhan Wang    Liu Wei    Zhang Xiaogang    Zhang Xiaotao    Cang Xin    Shi Xinning    Li Yan    Bai Yiluo    Zhang Yuan    Sun Yuan & Peng Yu    Yin Zhaohui    Feng Zhengjie

Zheng Guogu's Biography

Zheng Guogu

Born in 1970 in Yangjiang, Guangdong province, China
Lives and works in Yangjiang, Guangdong province, China


Zheng Guogu Exhibition, Shanghai, China

Puzzle—It is from Yangjiang, Grace Alexander Contemporary Art Gallery, Switzerland

Zheng Guogu-My Home Is Your Museum, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China

Photo works 1997-2000, ShanghART, Shanghai, China

Are You Going to Enjoy Calligraphy or Measure Blood Pressure? Shanghai (together with Sha Yeya, Chen Zaiyan, Sun Qinglin), China

Zheng Guogu—The Compressing World Yangjiang Guangdong, China

Zheng Guogu – More Dimensional Caaw, Beijing, China
Zheng Guogu – More Dimensional in Shanghai, BizArt Space, Shanghai, China

Sixteen of the Ten Thousand Customers and other Works Beijing Photo Gallery, Beijing, China


Take Down, Beijing, China
Through Popular Expression, The University of Central England in Birmingham, UK
Popular Expression, Het Domein Museum, Sittard, Holland
Guangzhou – Cantones Artists in the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland

Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
Black Extreme Vigorous Figurative, Shenzhen, China
Out of Sight, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Follow me! Chinese art at the threshold of the new millennium, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Living in Interesting Times— A Decade of New Chinese Photography, Israel Museum of Photography Tel Hai, Israel

Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia, San Diego Museum of Art
The Exhibition of Express Mail Service, Shanghai, China
ALL UNDER HEAVEN, Ancient and contemporary Chinese art, The Collection of the Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, MuHKA (Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp) and KMSKA (Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp), Belgium
A l’ouest du sud de l’est, Center of Contemporary Art, Sète/Villa Arson in Nice, France
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China, ICP International Center of Photography, New York, USA

The Fifth System: Public Art in the Age of ‘Post – Planning’, Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen, China
Fabricated Paradises, Le Parvis Centre of Contemporary Art, France
Zooming into Focus - Chinese Contemporary Photography from the Haudenschild Collection, San Diego State University & San Diego Museum of Art, USA
50th Biennale di Venezia, (Canton Express), Venezia, Italy

Fan Mingzhen & Fan Mingzhu (Twin exhibition) - Glad to meet, Jin Sha Jiang Rd., Shanghai
Urban Creation, 4th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
Paris-Pekin, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris
Too Much Flavour, 3H Art Center, Shanghai, China
Asianvible:Asian Contemporary Art Espai D'Art Contemporani de Castelló
To See The Calligraphy or to Measure the Blood Pressure, Yang Jiang
Guangju Biennual Korea

Hot Pot Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Photo Festival Naarden Naarden city, Holland
City Slang He Xiang Ning Art Museum, Shenzhen
Chinese Photography Show Passage de Retz, Paris
Cross Pessures Oulu Art Museum; Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
HangZhou New Media Art Festival, China Fine Art Academy, Hang Zhou
Living in time-29 Contemporary Artists from China, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Art Forum, Berlin
Chengdu Biennual, Cheng Du

Clash! 100 Artists Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, Holland
Individual and Society in Art - A Collection of Works of Art By Eleven Chinese Artists, Guangdong Museum of Art
Cities of the 21st Century: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen Bauhaus Dessau, Germany
The Sun Rises in the East – the current atistic scene in Asia, Rencontres internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
Post Material - Interpretatians of Everyday Life by Contemporary Chinese Artists, Red Gate Watch Tower, Beijing
Fuck Off, Xi Suzhouhe 1133, Shanghai
Portraits, Figures, Couples and Groups from the Mcaf Foundation, BizArt, Shanghai

Post-Sense Sensibility Alien Bodies & Delusion, Basement, Third Ring Road, Beijing
Innovations Part I. China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing
Changing Views Kunsthal Hof 88 Almelo, Holland
Art For Sale, Huaihai Zhonglu, Shanghai
International Photography Biennale, Centre de la Imagen, Mexico city
The Other X/Change Galerie Objektiv und Edition, Cologne, Germany
Concepts, Colors and Passions China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing
Shanghai Art Fair Shanghai
Unveiled Reality – Contemporary Photography, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Beautiful Like Materialism, Shanghai; Beijing; Nanjing; Honking
Intimate Moments, Hanart Gallery, Honking
Hsin: a Visible Spirit – Contemporary Photography from the People’s Republic of China, Cypress College Photography Galleries; BC Space Gallery, USA
Cities on the Move 4, Hayward Gallery, London
Love: Chinese Contemporary Photography & Video, International Arts Festival Tachikawa, Japan
Cities on the Move 5, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Modern Chinese Art, Foundation Caermerklooster, Gent, Belgium

Biennale de l'imago Paris 98, Centre national de la photographie, Paris
Site art project, Walking Museum in Takashimaya, Tokyo
Cities on the Move 2 capcMusee, Bordeaux, France
Taipei Biennal Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
Confused… Kunst Rai 98, Art Amsterdam, Holland
Photography as Concept - 4. Internationale Foto-Triennale Esslingen Esslingen, Germany
Guarene Arte Turin, Italy
The Corruptionists Basement, third ring road, Beijing
Cities on the Move 3 P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
Images Telling Stories Shanghai

Contemporary Photo Art from P. R. China Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin Staedtische Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany
Cities on the Move 2 Secession, Vienna, Austria

Possibility - Installation Exhibition with the ‘Big Tail Elephant Group’, Guangzhou

The Third Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Documentation Library of East China Normal University, Shanghai
Hanmo New Art Special Show, Guangzhou
No Room - Installation exhibition with the Big Tail Elephant Group No.14 Sanyu Rd, Guangzhou.