UCCA Beijing

Playful Portraits


Location:  UCCA Workshop
Language:  Chinese Only

Yolk, coconut milk, red bean paste…… perhaps you have eaten them, but have you ever painted a picture with them? In our current exhibition “Michael Chow: Voice for My Father,” there is a very special portrait composed of letters, Mr. Chow L.A., produced by Ed Ruscha, a pop artist. This portrait, made of food materials, takes yolk as its background, oyster sauce as the letters in “MR,” and purple cabbage as the periods. In keeping with Ruscha’s experimental practice, Chen Xi will lead everyone in the creation of portraits using ten colorful foods.

Ticket & Participation

RMB 60 / Adult

RMB 100 / Family ticket

RMB 40 / UCCA member

RMB 80 / UCCA member family ticket

*Children should be over 10 years of age and accompanied by an adult.

Reservation required.

For booking, please call +86 10 57800200 from Tuesday to Friday, 10:00-18:30. Please note that you may only book one place/family at a time. Members can also book by sending an email to members@


*All materials provided.

*Collect tickets from reception 30 minutes before the event begins.

*If you make a reservation but cannot attend, please cancel by calling +86 10 57800200.

*No late entry.

Art Teacher

Chen Xi (Artist)

Chen Xi (b. 1985, Wuhan) received his MA in Painting from East China Normal University in 2012. His practice includes painting, drawing, animation, photography, performance, and writing. His paintings focus on a bizarre cast of organisms, mechanical bodies, and abstractions from a parallel universe, while his animations are derived from a combination of his painting and short stories. He views photography as a form of digital painting, depicting a slightly satirical, magic urbanism. His criticism has been published on Chinese ArtForum, Randian, and LEAP.