The largest solo exhibition to date, "Liu Wei: Colors" sees the artist pare down his formal language to its most refined, immersive expression yet.
Having come of age in the heady period of rapid urbanization and artistic flourishing that preceded the Beijing Olympics, Liu Wei is heavily influenced by the instability and fluctuation peculiar to twenty-first century China, in particular with respect to its physical and intellectual landscape. Along with his fellow members of the late-1990s “Post-Sense Sensibility” formation, including Qiu Zhijie, Yang Fudong, Chu Yun, and Xu Zhen, Liu Wei has an acute haptic sensitivity stemming from a period when exhibition space for contemporary art in China’s major cities was still scarce. The artists of this coterie began their careers showing in basements, unfinished shopping malls, and other non-traditional venues; from these experiences Liu Wei derived an aptitude for manipulating spatial awareness, often toward a maximally disorienting and affective visual impact. His UCCA presentation explores this idea in its intricately sprawling layout, with artworks variously forming labyrinthian paths, overwhelming monoliths, and cathedral-like chambers within the gallery.
UCCA is honoured to invite Catherine David, Deputy Director, Centre Georges Pompidou, to give a talk with Liu Wei about this exhibition.
Liu Wei (b. 1972) was born and currently resides in Beijing. He graduated from the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, in 1996. Liu Wei has participated in the 51st Venice Biennale (2005), the 9th Lyon Biennial (2007), the 6th Busan Biennale (2008), the 4th Guangzhou Triennial (2012), and the 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013). He received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Best Artist 2008 and was nominated for the Credit Suisse Today Art Award 2011.
Deputy Director, Centre Georges Pompidou. She was curator during the 1980s and 1990s at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, at the Centre Georges Pompidou and at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, all in Paris, where she organized several exhibitions. From 1994 to 1997 she was the artistic director of Documenta X in Kassel in Germany and since 1998, she has directed the long-term project Contemporary Arab Representations which began at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona. Between 2002 and 2004, she directed the Witte de With Center of Contemporary Art in Rotterdam.
“Liu Wei: Colors” is curated by UCCA Director Philip Tinari with Assistant Curator Guo Xi and includes three lectures and a workshop as part of UCCA’s Public Programs initiative. Please visit the UCCA website for more information. The exhibition is supported by the Liu Wei Leadership Circle: Long March Space, Lehmann Maupin New York Hong Kong, and White Cube. CP and WTi Group are the new media art production partner. Chronus Art Center is the new media art partner. The exhibition publication is supported by the H2 Foundation for Arts and Education Limited. The exhibition will be accompanied by a bilingual catalogue published in China by Hinabook. “Liu Wei: Colors” is open to the public 7 February to 17 April 2015.