UCCA Beijing

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine

2024.3.23 - 2024.6.23

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Bay of Sagami, Atami, 1997. © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy the artist.


Location:  Great Hall

Hiroshi Sugimoto's first significant institutional solo exhibition in China surveys the artist’s works from 1974 to date. Often employing a large-format camera, mixing his own darkroom chemicals and developing his gelatin black-and-white prints by hand, Sugimoto continues to explore in depth themes and practices of photography from the 19th century onwards, including subjects such as dioramas, wax figures and architecture. In the process, his work has stretched and rearranged concepts of time, space and light that are integral to the medium. In addition to key works from the artist’s major photographic series such as “Seascapes,” “Theaters,” “Lighting Fields” and “Portraits,” this retrospective exhibition also presents a newly created series of calligraphic works to the public for the first time. These works highlight the artist’s philosophical yet playful inquiry into our understanding of time and memory, and the ambiguous character of photography as a medium suited to both documentation and invention. Whilst best known as a photographer, Sugimoto has recently added architecture and sculpture to his multidisciplinary practice and has been the art director and producer of several theater and stage performances. This exhibition will be designed by Shinsoken (New Material Research Laboratory), an architectural design office co-founded by the artist. This exhibition is organized by the Hayward Gallery, London in association with UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, and will travel onward from UCCA to Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney. The original London presentation was curated by Ralph Rugoff. The Beijing installment is organized by UCCA curator Neil Zhang.


About the Artist

Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948, Tokyo, Japan) received a B.A. in Economics and Western Philosophy from St. Paul’s University in Tokyo in 1970, and a B.F.A. in Photography from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Currently living and working in both New York and Tokyo, Sugimoto has received international acclaim for his enchanting and delicate photographic works. His photographs were exhibited in several major institutions across the globe, including Shoto Museum of Art (Tokyo, Japan, 2023), Kasugataisha Museum (Nara, Japan, 2022), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv, Israel, 2018), Palace of Versailles (France, 2018), Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium (Brussels, 2018), The Japan Society (New York, 2017), Chateau Le Coste (Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France, 2017), Fondazione Re Rebaudengo (Turin, Italy, 2017), MOA Museum of Art (Atami, Japan, 2017), Casa Garriga I Nogués (Barcelona, 2016), Recoletos Exhibition Hall (Madrid, 2016), and The Phillips Collection (Washington D.C., 2015). His works are in collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA), National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, Japan), Tate Modern (London, England), J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA, USA), Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (Jouy-en-Josas, France), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA, USA), and National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Canada). The artist is also the recipient of many notable awards, including the National Arts Club Medal of Honor in Photography (New York, 2018), the Centenary Medal from The Royal Photographic Society (London, 2017), Isamu Noguchi Award (New York, 2014), Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Paris, 2013), Praemium Imperiale Award (Tokyo, 2009), and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (Gothenburg, Sweden, 2001).