Zhou Wendou

Zhou Wendou was born in Beijing in 1970. He attended the Central Academy of Arts and Design (currently Academy of Arts and Design of Tsinghua University) and graduated in 1996. He then went to the Academy of Fine Arts of Complutense University of Madrid in Spain in 1998 to study painting, from which he graduated in 2003 with a D.E.A.

Zhou Wendou has adopted humor akin to Duchamp's, with a dedicated focus to social meaning and cultural characteristics. He believes this imbues his artwork with its own special “taste.” When we are confronted with his objects, one instinctively thinks of materiality, but finds unexpected surprises. Zhou Wendou does not simply appropriate, but rather sees the characteristics of culture and function in objects and asks: “does product only have utilitarian value?” Zhou strives to extract “uselessness” and abandon the function of a multitude of objects. He does this to construct new forms and establish new meanings between product, space and context.

The solo exhibitions of Zhou Wendou are: Bu Qian, de Sarthe Gallery, Beijing, China (2017); ADHD, de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong (2016); Borderless, de Sarthe Gallery, Beijing, China (2015); The Study, Other Gallery, Shanghai, China (2013); The Use of the Useless, Other Gallery, Shanghai, China (2010). His group exhibitions are: OCAT Nanjing Public Art Project 2018, OCAT Nanjing Qixia Exhibition Site, Nanjing, China (2018);  Project 2: Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitudes – Seventh Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea (2016); Current Reality, Hidden Barriers, de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong (2014); Architecture China - The 100 Contemporary Projects, Reiss Engelhorn Museen (REM), Mannheim, Germany (2012); How To Philosophize With A Hammer, White Box, New York, USA (2011); Suspensions of Disbelief, Other Gallery, Shanghai, China (2010); and Beijing Time - La hora de China, Matadero Contemporary Art Center; Contemporary Creation Center, Madrid, Spain (2009).

Zhou Wendou currently lives and works in Beijing, China.


de Sarthe past exhibitions:

Bu Qian, 20 May - 24 June, 2017

Standing by Themselves: China Now, 4 - 21 May, 2016

ADHD, 21 March - 2 April, 2016

Stay Tuned, 3 - 20 November, 2015 

Artists at Play, 15 August - 16 October, 2015

Where Are We? 23 April - 23 May, 2015 

Borderless, 4 April - 24 May, 2015

The Lightness of Being, 20 January - 28 February, 2015

You, I, Among Us, 8 December 2014 - 15 March, 2015

Current Reality, Hidden Barriers, 23 October - 6 December, 2014

Summer Gallery Selection, 27 June - 13 September, 2014


CV, Exhibitions, Museum shows, Coverage, and More

Zhou Wen Dou, Who Stole My Time series, 2022. Stainless steel, Clock.

Zhou Wen Dou, Immersion Time, 2022. Clock, Water tank, Water, 25 x 40 x 25 cm.

Zhou Wen Dou, Fly, 2022. Broom, Neon light, 140 x 55 x 10 cm.

Zhou Wen Dou, Blue Light, 2022. Acrylic on linen, Diptych, 200 x 300 cm.

Installation view of Room 1005 at DE SARTHE, Hong Kong

Installation view of Room 1005 at DE SARTHE, Hong Kong

Installation view of Room 1005 at DE SARTHE, Hong Kong

Installation view of Bu Qian at de Sarthe, Beijing in 2017

Installation view of Bu Qian at de Sarthe, Beijing in 2017

Zhou Wendou, Precious Metal, 2017. Brass, coins, 93.5 x 195 x102 cm each. (Installation view)

Zhou Wendou, Consuming, 2017. Hand-muscle developer, metal pole, dimension variable

Zhou Wendou, Sun, 2017. C-print mounted on disc, 123 x 176 cm.

Zhou Wendou, Arrow, 2016, Fiber glass, carbon fiber, wood, 120 x 86 cm

Zhou Wendou, Target, 2017, Dartboard, Dia. 48 cm

Zhou Wendou, Helmet, 2015, Flashlight, helmet, 35 x 26 x 26 cm

Zhou Wendou, Two Basketballs, 2016. Ready-made objects, Dia. 60cm

Installation view