Gallery Introduction

UCCA is China’s leading independent institution of contemporary art. Founded in 2007 out of a commitment to bring Chinese contemporary art into global dialogue, it has since become a cultural landmark for Beijing, a conduit for international exchange, and an incubator for new talent. Located at the heart of the 798 Art District, it welcomes more than one million visitors a year. Originally known as the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, UCCA underwent a major restructuring in 2017 and now operates as the UCCA Group, comprising two distinct entities: UCCA Foundation, a registered non-profit that organizes exhibitions and research, stages public programs, and undertakes community outreach; and UCCA Enterprises, a family of art-driven retail and educational ventures. UCCA’s work grows from its core belief that new art can change lives, broaden perspectives, and enrich the conversation between China and the world.

Exhibition Introduction

New Directions: Yu Honglei

19.01.19 - 14.04.19

Qiu Zhijie: Mappa Mundi

19.01.19 - 05.05.19

Civilization: The Way We Live Now

09.03.19 - 19.05.19

For the latest installment of the “New Directions” series of solo shows by emerging artists from throughout greater China, UCCA presents a new series of sculptures and film by Yu Honglei (b. 1984, Inner Mongolia, lives and works in Beijing). These artworks are born in an era where the internet and movie, television, and computer screens offer us constant distraction; they both imitate, and respond to, these phenomena. By giving viewers a stream of homogenous, emotionless, and face-paced images, Yu simulates human temporality, caught in a vortex of information, giving a sense of how lived realities can alter the very nature of the visual.

From January 19 to May 5, 2019, UCCA presents “Qiu Zhijie: Mappa Mundi,” the first exhibition after a complete architectural renovation of UCCA’s Main Hall designed by OMA, and the most comprehensive presentation of the artist’s “Mapping the World Project” to date. The exhibition includes 24 large-scale, ink-on-paper maps from the artist’s All of the Objects Series (2015-2017); as well as three curatorial maps that the artist devised in the last three years. The exhibition also includes several freestanding objects, like Isms at the End of the World (2016), three video artworks depicting Qiu’s creative process, an AI software work, and, notably, Map of the Art World, a nine-by-ten-meter wall painting devised specifically for UCCA’s newly renovated atrium.

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