UCCA Beijing

Hung Liu: Passer-by

2019.12.6 - 2020.3.1

Hung Liu

Modern Time


oil on canvas with lacquered wood, alarm clocks

diptych, 167.64 x 4 26.7 cm

courtesy the artist


Location:  Open Gallery, West Gallery, New Gallery, Central Gallery

At the end of 2019, UCCA presents an exhibition of Chinese-American artist Hung Liu. Diaspora and migration figure heavily in Liu’s five-decade career; through her creative practice, she creates a monumental portrait of China’s recent history—from the late feudal era, to the age of revolutionary fervor, to the present moment of competing ideologies. Liu draws from her early years of training in the socialist realist style and personal experience; she takes historical photographs, then teasing out the moments of conflict and compromise, the different layers of event that are enfolded inside them. Shuttling between individual and collective memories, Liu employs flowing brushstrokes on her canvases and ready-mades to construct a distinctive painterly rhetoric in her art. The exhibition is curated by Philip Tinari and Luan Shixuan.

About the Artist

Hung Liu (b. 1948, Changchun, Jilin Province, lives and works in San Francisco) began studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1979; in 1984, she enrolled in the University of California, San Diego, studying under Allan Kaprow. She is a two-time recipient of a Painting Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Professor Emirita at Mills College. Her recent solo exhibitions include “Hung Liu: Scales of History” (Fresno Art Museum, California, 2017) and “Hung Liu: Offerings” (Mills College Art Museum, 2013). Her group exhibitions include “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World” (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2018); “I, You, We” (Whitney Museum of American Art, 2013); and “Half-life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection” (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2008).