UCCA Beijing

Zhang Ruyi: Speaking Softly

2022.12.17 - 2023.3.5

Courtesy the artist.


Location:  New Gallery & West Gallery

Over the past decade, Zhang Ruyi has developed a precise and delicate sculptural material language. Engaging the grammar of the built environment, she creates installations and sculptures that evoke a post-apocalyptic aesthetic of detachment. Zhang’s work occupies a unique space that reconciles artifacts, the industrial experience, and urban life. She uses “reality” as “model” for drawing out moments of individual perception as the city shifts around its inhabitants. As Zhang Ruyi’s largest institutional solo exhibition in recent years, this exhibition will feature a series of works commissioned by UCCA, further synthesizing and refining the tension-filled dichotomous network of natural and human-made objects that feature in her work. This exhibition is curated by UCCA Assistant Curator Neil Zhang.

About the Artist

Zhang Ruyi’s (b. 1985, lives and works in Shanghai) work has been shown at the K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2019); Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2018); UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2017); Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester (2016); Sifang Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing (2016); Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2015); and other institutions. Her solo exhibitions include “Consciousness of Location” (Don Gallery, Shanghai, 2019); “Bonsai” (Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, 2019); “Building Opposite Building” (Don Gallery, Shanghai, 2016); “Pause” (White Space, Beijing, 2016); “Cut | Off” (Don Gallery, Shanghai, 2014); and “A Line” (J: Gallery, Shanghai, 2014).