YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM

  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.

    YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.

  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.

    YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.

  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.

    YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.

  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.

    YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.

  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.

    YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.

  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.

    YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.

  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.

    YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.

  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.

    YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.

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    YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.

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    YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM. Exhibition scene. Photo: Cao Yang. Courtesy of UCCA.

  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.
  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.
  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.
  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.
  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.
  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.
  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.
  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.
  • YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ:  MATERIAL-ISM.  Exhibition scene.  Photo: Cao Yang.  Courtesy of UCCA.
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  • ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION
    YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM

    YUNG HO CHANG: MATERIAL-ISM is a comprehensive retrospective of the groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary work of China’s first international architect, Yung Ho Chang, and his practice FCJZ/Feichang Jianzhu. For this exhibition, Chang and FCJZ will transform UCCA’s Great Hall into an updated hutong neighborhood, containing six courtyard-like modules that each address a different aspect or focus of Yung Ho Chang’s practice, including inhabitation, construction methods, urbanism, tradition, perception, and culture. The exhibition also includes several of FCJZ’s installations conceived and originally displayed in the contemporary art context, as well as two new films.

    A systematic presentation of FCJZ’s experiments in architecture, design, planning, and art, this exhibition explores the specific predicament of people, the buildings they inhabit, and the cities they constitute in this period of China’s unprecedented growth. FCJZ offers witty, thoughtful, and universal design solutions that are at once distinctly Chinese, deeply humanist, and thoroughly cosmopolitan.

     

    September 18, 2012. Beijing, China

    The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) will present a comprehensive retrospective including over 6 installations, 40 models and 270 drawings charting the seminal, cross-disciplinary work of Yung Ho Chang and his practice Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ). Chang and FCJZ will transform UCCA’s Great Hall into six courtyard-like modules inspired by the ‘hutong’, the traditional Chinese neighborhood network of narrow alleys between tile-roofed courtyard houses. Each module will explore a different facet of Chang’s work and the exhibition will also include several of FCJZ’s art installations and two previously unseen films. Entitled YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM, the retrospective opens Sunday 30 September 2012, marking the first thorough attempt to examine one of China’s most important architectural pioneers.

    Yung Ho Chang is the first Chinese architect to have emerged on the international cultural scene. Known as both the first architect to set up an independent atelier in China and the first Chinese national to head a major department of architecture in an international university—having served as dean of architecture at MIT 2003-2009—Chang has inspired a wide range of followers and mentored a new generation of talent.

    UCCA Director Philip Tinari said, “Yung Ho Chang is one of China’s most important architectural pioneers and over the last 30 years of unprecedented growth in China, his practice FCJZ have devised a range of witty, thoughtful and universal design solutions inspired by distinctly Chinese problems and concepts. Design can have an incredible impact on the predicament of people and to everyday urban life. I am thrilled that UCCA is presenting the first retrospective for Yung Ho Chang who is considered the father of contemporary Chinese architecture.”

    Spanning the last 30 years, YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL- ISM explores FCJZ’s experiments in architecture, design, planning and art together with a detailed study into the different aspects of Yung Ho Chang’s practice, such as inhabitation, construction methods, urbanism, tradition, perception, and culture. Through these works, the exhibition not only considers the buildings people inhabit and the cities they constitute but also the importance of design in everyday urban life and the specific predicament of people, in the context of the last three decades of unprecedented growth in China.

    Each maze-like module presents models, drawings and objects on Chang’s key projects, with each exploring a different aspect of his practice:

    I. BIKE APARTMENT – inhabitation as lifestyle
    Taking its title from Chang’s whimsical 1986 design for a home inhabited by a single cyclist in Berkeley, this section looks at how architecture creates spaces for inhabitation and how design can reckon with its subsequent impact on the inhabitant’s lifestyle.

    II. INFERNAL CONSTRUCT – ways of building
    This section looks at FCJZ’s unique approaches to handling construction, often transforming ordinary materials such as glass tiles, concrete and bamboo into durable, elegant design solutions.

    III. NOT SO IDEAL CITY – the urban condition
    In questioning faith in architectural iconography and as an active response to the contradictory and ad hoc planning that characterises so many Chinese cities nowadays, FCJZ pioneered an approach called “micro-urbanism,” where buildings functioned as fully integrated living spaces in a city and environment rather than free-standing structures.

    IV. ENDLESS COURTYARD – space and tradition
    FCJZ explores whether there is such a thing as inherently Chinese space and suggests that if so, it is related to the notion of semi-outdoor forms such as the corridor (lang 廊) and the pavilion (ting 亭).

    V. REAR WINDOW – architecture as perception
    Named after Hitchcock’s 1954 film, this section takes the film’s play on the relationship between spectator and screen or in this case, built structures and inhabitant’s perceptions. Through exploring sight lines and vistas, FCJZ has argued that the building is in fact the eye of the beholder.

    VI. SAINT JEROME’S STUDY – crossovers into art and culture Referencing the early Christian scholar who was celebrated for his significant works spanning a great variety of subjects, this section explores Chang and FCJZ’s compelling experiments in fields as diverse as fashion, theatre, and literature.

    To mark this major exhibition of Yung Ho Chang’s seminal work, Sanlian Books is producing a catalogue that will detail the drawings and studies by Yung Ho Chang and FCJZ that will be available at UCCA@ART.BOOK.

     

    RELATED PROGRAMS

    BJDW@UCCA Talks “Construction and Design”

    Time:                 10:00-12:00, Sunday, September 30
    Venue:               UCCA Auditorium
    Special Guests: Ge Ming
    Li Hu
    Wang Junyang
    Yung Ho Chang
    Zhou Rong Zhu
    Jingxiang

    BJDW@UCCA “Open ∙ Closed ∙ Open” Architecture Culture Program: Art Seminar “Design and Contemporary Urban Culture”
    Time:                  Date and time to be confirmed
    Venue:               UCCA Auditorium
    Special Guests: Yung Ho Chang
    Zhu Wen
    Wang Jianwei
    Chan Koonchung
    Liu Sola
    Moderator:         Hung Huang

    BJDW@UCCA “Open ∙ Closed ∙ Open” Architecture Culture Program: Art Seminar “Design and Design”
    Time:                 Date and time to be confirmed
    Venue:               UCCA Auditorium
    Special Guests: Yung Ho Chang
    Jiang Qionger
    Guang Yu
    Zhang Da
    Moderator:         Liu Zhizhi

  • ABOUT THIS ARTIST
    Yung Ho Chang / Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ)

    Yung Ho Chang is Principal Architect at Atelier Feichang Jianzhu, a professor of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, and a professor and the former Head of the Architecture Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Originally from Beijing and educated both in China and in the United States, Chang received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. He has been practicing in China since 1992, and established Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ) in 1993 with Lujia Lu.

    He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including First Place in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition in 1987, a Progressive Architecture Citation Award in 1996, the 2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, and the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006.

    Together with FCJZ, he has published eight books and monographs, including Yung Ho Chang / Atelier Feichang Jianzhu: A Chinese Practice and Yung Ho Chang: Luce chiara, camera oscura.

    He has participated in the Venice Biennale five times (first in 2000), among several other international exhibitions of art and architecture. He has taught at architecture schools across the US and China, was a professor and founding head of the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University (1999-2005), and held the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard University (2002) and the Eliel Saarinen Chair at the University of Michigan (2004). In 2011 he became a Pritzker Prize Jury member.

    Atelier FCJZ has always believed in the value and craft of design with an emphasis on research and methodology. Since its inception two decades ago, FCJZ has become a multi-disciplinary practice whose outputs range from community to jewelry.

    FCJZ received the Progressive Architecture Citation in 1996 for a hillside housing project in Southern China, a WA China Architecture Award in 2004, and a Business Week / Architectural Record China Award in 2006 for Villa Shizilin. Abroad, FCJZ held solo exhibitions of its work at Apex Art in New York in 1999, Harvard University in 2002, Chambers Gallery in 2005, and MIT in 2007. They were also invited to create an installation in the central court at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum in 2008. The firm has participated in numerous international art and architecture exhibitions and biennials, such as Cities on the Move in Vienna, London, New York, and Denmark; and three times at the Guangju Biennale since 1997. Products and architectural models by FCJZ are in the permanent collection at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Art Museum of China.

  • AUDIO GUIDE
    narrated by Yung Ho Chang

    The free UCCA audio tour, narrated by the artist Yung Ho Chang, is available from our front desk, and here on this page for listening or convenient download.

    Audio 1 : English / Chinese

    Audio 2 : English / Chinese

    Audio 3 : English / Chinese

    Audio 4 : English / Chinese

    Audio 5 : English / Chinese

    Audio 6 : English / Chinese

    Audio 7 : English / Chinese

  • SPONSORS & PARTNERS
    Crystal CG & Tongji University

    “YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM” exhibition is made possible with the generous support of lead sponsor Crystal CG and the assistance of supporting sponsor Shanghai Tongji University.

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2012.09.30 to 2012.12.02
Venue
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