UCCA Beijing

Liu Wei: Colors--Opening Press Conference


Location:  UCCA Auditorium
Language:  Chinese with English simultaneous interpretation

Liu Wei (b. 1972, Beijing) is one of the most important artistic voices of his generation. Coming from the heated conceptual climate of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou in 1990s and a key member of the “Post-Sense Sensibility” formation, Liu Wei has gone on in the past decade to pioneer an artistic language all his own. Based on a fastidious combination of elements abstract and concrete, Chinese and universal, his practice addresses the new ways of seeing and knowing made possible in contemporary China. Present throughout his practice is a unique sense of how juxtapositions of objects and materials create meanings, and of how objects placed in space structure viewers’ experiences. This exhibition, Liu Wei’s largest institutional solo show to date, revolves around a grouping of major new paintings, sculpture, and video, opening up interpretive pathways for his fifteen years of mature output as well as for works yet to come.

On the opening of “Liu Wei: Colors”, UCCA invites Liu Wei, M+ Senior Curator Dr. Pi Li, and Director of the School of Inter-Media Art(SIMA)Dr. Gao Shiming to discuss the artist’s work. Moderated by Philip Tinari, the talk will take an in-depth look at Liu Wei’s practice.

Ticketing & Participation: Free, ticket required.


*Collect your ticket from reception 30 minutes before the event begins.

*Please bring an ID card to rent headphones for simultaneous interpretation.

*Please arrive on time.


Liu Wei

Born in Beijing in 1972, Liu Wei graduated from the China Academy of Art in 1996. He currently lives and works in Beijing. Liu Wei has been honored with the CCAA Award for Best Artist 2008, and Martell Artist of the Year 2012.

Dr. Pi Li

Dr. Pi Li (b. 1974, Wuhan) graduated from The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) where he taught in the department of arts management. Since March 2012, he has been senior curator of M+ and currently lives in Hong Kong.

Dr. Gao Shiming

Curator, critic based in Hangzhou, Dr. Gao Shiming is currentl Director of the School of Inter-Media Art(SIMA), China Academy of Art (CAA). He is the founding chair of CAA's Curatorial Studies Department--the first curatorial program in China--and the founding director of Media City Research City (MCRC), Hangzhou. He is also the initiator of the China Center for Visual Studies (CCVS), and the Asian intellectual organization Inter-Asia School (IAS).


Philip Tinari

Philip Tinari is Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art and founder of the bilingual art magazine LEAP.