UCCA Beijing

Plastic and Plasticity


Location:  UCCA Salon
Language:  In Chinese only

Paweł Althamer’s work Venetians reflects the artist’s interest in social, site-specific sculpture. For the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, Althamer worked with his father’s plastics manufacturing company to cast the faces and hands of 90 of the city’s dwindling local population. He then attached these molds to bodies made of thick, intertwined plastic ribbons, juxtaposing the realism of their hands and faces—humanistic symbols of occupation and identity—with their haunting, skeletal frames.

In this workshop, young sculptor Li Yuanbo will teach participants about Althamer's unique sculptural language, employing white plastic, paper, clay, wire, and other materials to make eerie, uncanny portraits.


Around a dozen different materials will be provided for the workshop. Participants are also encouraged to bring in items from home.

Ticketing & Participation

RMB 50 / Adult

RMB 30 / UCCA Member

Reservation required.

Please call +86 10 57800200 from Tuesday to Friday 11:00-18:00 to book. Please note that you may only book one seat at a time. Members can also book by sending an email to members@ucca.org.cn.


*All materials provided.

*Must be at least 16 years old to attend.

*You can collect your ticket from the ticket desk 30 minutes before the event begins.

*If you make a reservation but cannot make it to the event, please cancel by calling +86 10 5780 0200.

*No late entry.


Li Yuanbo

Li Yuanbo graduated from the Sculpture Department of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied under Professor Wang Shaojun. He has won several young artist awards, and his works have been collected by the Today Art museum.