UCCA Beijing

Practice and Exchange: An Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art

2018.1.10 - 2018.1.28


Location:  Nave, Long Gallery

This exhibition brings together recent works by seventeen Chinese artists, in an attempt to display a small but representative sample of the diversity of formal and conceptual approaches favored here today. It coincides with the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Beijing and to the UCCA, at a time when China is playing an increasingly central role on the global stage. China has been a vital presence on the French contemporary art scene since at least 1989, when three members of the Chinese avant-garde participated in the exhibition Magiciens de la Terre at the Centre Pompidou and the Grande Halle de la Villette. The most recent major exhibition of contemporary Chinese art in France, at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2016, was co-organized by UCCA, an institution with a strong European background, and whose first two directors were French citizens. The current exhibition is offered in a spirit of discussion and exchange, and with the hope that the intricate and inspiring works on view—addressing issues, and using techniques, at once Chinese and global—might offer another way of thinking about the major questions of China, its distinct yet hybrid culture, and its place in the difficult world of today.

Robert Lacombe

Cultural Counselor, French Embassy in China

Philip Tinari

Director, UCCA

Participating artists (in alphabetical order):

Cao Fei, Cui Jie, Fang Lijun, Gao Bo, Huang Rui, Kan Xuan, Lin Tianmiao, Liu Wei, Liu Xiaodong, Qiu Zhijie, Rong Rong & Inri, Xing Danwen, Xu Bing, Xu Zhen, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Xiaogang, and Yu Hong

Works in the exhibition

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Cao Fei


Single-channel Video
Sound by Fille Prai
Dancer: Sadeck Waff Courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space

Fang Lijun


Woodcut Print
244x366cmEd. 12
Courtesy the artist

Gao Bo

TIBET 1985-1995/Photographs by Gao Bo

Artist limited co-edition by Artron Books & Maison Européenne de la photographie, France
50 x 68.3 cm
Courtesy the artist

Gao Bo

《PARLE》“Talk” Sketch Portrait No. 1

B&W Gelatin silver print on handmade PH neutral paper
105 x 76 cm
Courtesy the artist

Huang Rui

I-Ching 1-6

Oil on Canvas
130 x 91 cm (x 4)
Courtesy the artist

Huang Rui


Copper and titanium surface on stainless steel
116.5 × 83.5 × 127 cm
Courtesy the artist

Kan Xuan


Single-channel video
Courtesy the artist

Lin Tianmiao

The same for N times

golden silk thread, silk thread, wooden frame, resin in shapes of bones, polyurea, golden foil
520 x 307 x 41cm
Courtesy the artist

Liu Wei


Glass, aluminium alloy
302 × 565 × 223 cm
Courtesy the artist

Liu Xiaodong

Bent Rib

Oil on canvas
150 x 140 cm
Courtesy Liu Xiaodong Studio

Qiu Zhijie

Memories Are Always Unreliable

Ink on paper
127.5 x 327cm (x 7)
Courtesy the artist

Rong Rong & Inri

Untitled No. 25

Gelatin silver print
160 x 170cm
Ed. 8
Courtesy Rong Rong & Inri, Three Shadows +3 Gallery

Xing Danwen

A Personal Diary

Photographic installation
Dimension variable
Courtesy Red Brick Art Museum

Xu Bing

Bringing in the Wine

Ink on paper
112 x 240cm(x 5)
Courtesy Xu Bing Studio

Xu Zhen

Eternity-Tianlongshan Standing Bodhisattva, Statue of Nike of Paionio

Mineral composite material, steel, mineral pigments
340 x 80 x 86 cm
Ed. 3
Produced by MadeIn Company
Courtesy the artist and Long March Space

Zeng Fanzhi

The Tiger

Oil on canvas
400 x 400 cm
Courtesy the artist

Zhang Xiaogang

Blindfolded Dancer

Oil on canvas
160 x 200 cm
Courtesy the artist

Yu Hong


Acrylic on canvas
150 x 140 cm
Courtesy the artist and
Long March Space

Cui Jie

Corner Building

Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm
Courtesy the artist

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