UCCA Beijing

Liang Hao

2024.5.18 - 2024.9.8

Liang Hao, Untitled, 2020-2022, camphor wood, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

About

Location:  Wset Gallery and New Gallery

Growing up in a family of artists, Liang Hao has continued to create sculptures as an artist since the 1980s. After graduating from the Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1985, curious about the outside world, Liang Hao traveled to the United States in 1987 to continue his sculpture studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the Detroit suburb. Whilst China was largely influenced by the Soviet tradition of socialist realist sculpture in the early 1980s, North America was experiencing the intensive debates of endism surrounding visual arts. Hence social movements and gender issues became the irreconcilable poles that Liang Hao has to harmonize. During her studies in North America, Liang Hao was given great freedom in terms of creative materials and language. At the same time, she began to examine the relationship between her East Asian heritage, individual experience, and artistic creation. A few years after graduation, she started to re-explore the language of modernist sculpture, attempting to reach “the truth of unobstructed existence” by inquiring into space. As the first institutional solo exhibition of Liang Hao, this exhibition will take the non-objective sculptural language and trans-regional thinking as the crucial threads of the artist's creation to systematically present the sculptures she has created since returning to the Chinese Mainland in 2009. Curated by UCCA curator Neil Zhang, this exhibition will also present a series of newly commissioned sculptures.


About the Artist

Liang Hao (b. 1960, Beijing) received her Bachelor’s degree in Sculpture from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (1985), and a Master’s degree in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1989). Her works were included in exhibitions such as “Central Academy of Fine Arts Professors Exhibition” (CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2013); “Inside Out 2012” (Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2013); “Touched by Women’s Hands” (Smithsonian Institution – Flushing Town Hall, New York, USA, 2008); and “Global Roots: Artists from China Working in New York” (Stewart Center Gallery, Purdue University, IN, USA, 1998).