UCCA Beijing

Wang Yin's Departure, Sojourn, and Return + Book Launch


Location:  Auditorium
Language:  Chinese Only

Coinciding with the book launch of Wang Yin: The Gift, UCCA invites the artist along with curator Colin Chinnery and critic Bao Dong to discuss the creative process and concepts behind the canvases of his solo exhibition.

The title "The Gift" comes from French sociologist Marcel Mauss's 1925 treatise on giving and reciprocity, themes which Wang Yin's paintings address mainly through an iconography that draws equally on history, autobiography, and social investigation. These works, staged in a progression of Departure, Sojourn, and Return, depict characters engaged in everyday actions—repairing shoes, picking up trash, riding bicycles, walking, talking. Their place within the strictures of the painting gives these figures and their actions a feeling of ritual, as if the flow of time slows down and stops in such mundane moments. Stripped of superfluous temporal context, they hint at the untouchable eternity beneath.

While more reserved about his work, Wang Yin has agree to open the discussion, giving the audience his personal thoughts on the exhibition.

Ticketing: Free


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

* Please no late entry.


Wang Yin (Artist)

Wang Yin (b. 1964, Jinan) is an artist living and working in Beijing. He graduated from the Central Academy of Drama in 1988. Wang Yin has exhibited widely in China and abroad, including "The System of Objects" (Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2015); "Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names" (UCCA, Beijing, 2014); "Super-Organism," CAFAM Biennale 2011 (CAFA Art Museum, Beijing); and The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial (Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, 2008).

Colin Chinnery (Curator)

Bao Dong (Critic)

Bao Dong (b. 1979, Anhui province) is a member of the new generation of Chinese critics and curators. Today he lives and works in Beijing. In 2006 he earned a Master's degree from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Department of Art History. Since 2003 he has curated a large number of exhibitions in art institutions across China, including the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art; Times Museum, Guangzhou; A4 Contemporary Arts Center; and He Xiangning Art Museum. He has participated in many different academic forums and research programs. He is a contributing editor at LEAP magazine and a writer for The New York Times Chinese edition.


The bilingual catalogue “Wang Yin: The Gift" is produced with support from Andrew Xue and Wang Bing through New Century Art Foundation, and is available at UCCA Store. The catalogue is published by New Star Press. It features over forty plates alongside essays provided by Phillip Tinari, Colin Chinnery, and Zhao Tingyang. The catalogue elaborates on the diverse perspectives present in Wang Yin's work, details the evolution of his practice, and provides background on specific paintings.