Liu Wei explores 21st century socio-political concepts such as the contradictions of contemporary society and the transformation of developing cities and the urban landscape. In many of his sculptural and installation works, he uses found materials that are re-contextualized to draw new meanings out of the materials from which they are made. He frequently uses geometric and architectural forms in his work as a reference to his urban surroundings.

The post-Mao period of rapid urbanization in China has greatly influenced his art practice, from the conceptual themes he explores to the formal decisions he makes. Many of his paintings, sculptures, installations and videos have allegorical references to Chinese culture but deal with more universal issues affecting contemporary society, such as the fragility of political power, the friction between human nature and the needs of civilization, and the physical transformation of developing cities and the urban landscape. He approaches these concepts with an open mind, without suggesting a particular political line of thinking, or assigning a hierarchy of values and meanings, allowing viewers to form their own ideas and associations with his imagery.

Liu Wei
Liu Wei
Beijing, 1972

Current Exhibitions


Faurschou Foundation in Venice

10 May — 01 Sep
Presented by Faurschou Foundation, “Entropy” explores the works of seven Chinese contemporary artists: divided into seven sections, each dedicated to the work of one of the seven artists, the exhibition offers an insight...

Past Exhibitions


Castello di Rivoli
14/03/2017 — 23/07/2017

Liu Wei

Lehmann Maupin 201 Chrystie Street
02/11/2016 — 17/12/2016

Radical Materiality

Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong
07/07/2016 — 27/08/2016

M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art

M+ West Kowloon Cultural District
23/02/2016 — 05/04/2016

Liu Wei: Silver

White Cube Hong Kong
17/09/2015 — 24/10/2015

Group Shows

Chinese Whispers, Museum of Fine Arts Bern, Bern, Switzerland

The 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
CHINAJAPANKOREA, Art from Japan, China and Korea, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaodengo

51 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Mahjong, Bern, Switzerland
First Nanjing Triennial, Nanjing, China

Shanghai Biennale techniques of the visible, Shanghai, China
Exhibitions Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China International Center of Photography, Asia Society, New York City, United States
Regeneration Charles Cowles Gallery, New York City, United States

Open sky Duolun Museum of Art Shanghai, China
The fifth system, public art in the age of “post-planning” Shenzhen, China
Hello, comrade Mingong, Today Museum of Art Beijing, China
Double time, China academy of fine arts, Hangzhou
Second hand reality, Today Museum of Art Beijing, China
Refine 798, 798, Beijing, China

The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Mirage, Godot Art Museum, Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou, China
Everyday Attitude, An Exhibition of Chinese Photo-Based Arts, Pingyao, Shanxi, China
Too Much Flavour, 3H Art Center, Shanghai, China; Avant-garde@Hakaren, Singapore

Post-Sensibility: Spree, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China
Non-linear Narrative, Gallery of National Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China
Mantic Ecstasy, Impression Gallery, Hangzhou; Bizart Art Center, Shanghai; Loft New Media Art Space, Beijing, China
16th Asian International Art Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

“Home?” Contemporary Art Project, Yuexing Furniture Warehouse, Shanghai, China

Art for Sale, Shanghai Plaza, Shanghai, China
Beijing in London, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
Post-sensibility: Alien Bodies and Delusion, Shaoyaoju, Beijing, China

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Beijing Country of birth: China Date of birth: 1972 Lives in: Beijing, China