Xu Zhen was awarded the Artnet Awards, Artist of the Year in 2016, Best Young Artist of the Year, ACC Award, 2014 and Best Artist, Contemporary Chinese Art Award in 2004. His work has been collected by many institutions and private collections worldwide including the Fondation Loui Vuitton, Paris, the Centre Pompidou, the Daimler Collection (Berlin, Germany), the Musee d’Art Contemporan de Lyon; the KLL Collection, Shanghai, the DSL Collection, Paris; Hammer Contemporary Collection, Los Angeles, CA; Tate Modern, London, UK; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia; Tiroche Deleon Collection, Jaffa, Israel; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; UBS Art Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland; M+ Museum, Hong Kong and Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, Switzerland.
Xu Zhen has exhibited internationally at Biennales/Triennales: Venice Biennale (2001, 2005), Lyon Biennial (2013), Asia Pacific Triennial (2012) and Guangzhou Triennial (2012). Recent solo and group Museum exhibitions include: Museum of Modern Art, (New York, 2004), ICP (2004), Mori Art Museum (2005), PS1 (2006), Tate Liverpool (2007), Art of Change (Hayward Gallery, London, (2012); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, China, 2014), 14 Rooms, Fondation Beyeler (Basel, Switzerland, 2014); Corporate, Graz Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria, (2015); In Light Of 25 Years – One of Us Is On the Wrong Side of History!, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition, Long Museum, Shanghai, China. (2015); Chinese Artists in a Time of Turbulence and Transformation, Foundation Louis Vuitton (Paris, France, 2016).