Bentu: Chinese Artists in a Time of Turbulence and Transformation

Installation view at Bentu: Chinese Artists in a Time of Turbulence and Transformation, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris 2016 photo: Marc Domage 
© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage / Liu Wei Studio


Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art
10F Exhibition Room 1


Born 1972 in Beijing, China
Based in Beijing, China

Born in the 1970s, and starting his art career in earnest in the late 1990s, Liu Wei is an artist belonging to a generation of Chinese who experienced rapid and dramatic urbanization accompanied by political and economic upheaval. As if responding to this context, Liu creates photographs, videos, and highly abstract yet compellingly urban, colorful, and speed-filled paintings, as well as grandly scaled sculptures and installations employing materials such as books, house elements like doors and windows, and practical, commercially available materials such as leather. Liu is also concerned with urban issues and has keen architectural sensibilities. While dealing with chaotic mixtures of many disparate elements at massive sizes, he creates spaces that are imbued with tranquility as well as tension and fully enfold the viewer within them.