UCCA Beijing



Location:  Auditorium
Language:  English with Chinese translation

American artist Sarah Morris works in the parallel mediums of painting and film. Her abstract paintings are images of urban, social, and bureaucratic forms. Using points, vectors, and coordinates that become her compositions, Morris’s paintings depict a global index of structures that are ever changing and connected. The films run parallel and simultaneous to the painting; the artist has described them as “two sides of the same coin.” Her non-narrative films are original visions, and even fantasies, of place. Inhabitants, industrial processes, architectures, politics and histories offer a dense series of images from A to Z to map systems of power, ideology, and psychological forces that are at play. Morris’s works encompasses a vision of globalism where, “no-one is outside,” meaning we are all complicit and inside the grid.

Hans Ulrich Obrist is a curator, art historian, critic, with a global outlook. In the past few decades he has collaborated and interacted with numerous artists and figures from various disciplines and fields, including Sarah Morris; their friendship has spanned the last two decades. A collection of their conversations, in which they discuss architecture, philosophy, film, and Morris’s artistic practice, has been published in An Open System Meets an Open System. At the end of May, Morris and Obrist will hold a conversation at UCCA, the location of Morris’s first major solo exhibition in China, and the next “stop” for their ongoing dialogue and correspondence.


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Sarah Morris (Artist)

Sarah Morris (b. 1967, England, lives and works in New York) has presented solo exhibitions at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (Finland, 2017); Kunsthalle Wien (2016); Kunsthalle Bremen (2013); M-Museum Leuven (2015); Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio, 2012); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Dusseldorf, 2010); Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt, 2009); Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (2009); Lenbachhaus (Munich, 2008); Fondation Beyeler (Basel, 2008); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2006); Kestner Gesellschaft (Hannover, 2005); Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2005); Moderna Museet (Stockholm, 2005); Kunstforeningen (Copenhagen, 2004); Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, 2001); Kunsthalle Zürich (2000); and Modern Art Oxford (1999). Her work has also been included in the São Paulo Biennial (2002) and the Tate Triennial (2003), and has been collected by museums including Centre Pompidou; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; MoMA; Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt); Neue Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Tate Modern.


Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, Curator)

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968 in Zurich, CH) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show “World Soup” (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has curated more than 300 shows. In 2011 Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, and in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to the arts. Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is contributing editor to several magazines and journals. His recent publications include Mondialité, Conversations in Mexico, Ways of Curating, The Age of Earthquakes with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar, and Lives of The Artists, Lives of The Architects.

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