Ai Weiwei released three transcripts today related to his recent withdrawal from an exhibition at Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA).
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
A New Curatorial Intensive to Launch in Beijing
LOS ANGELES — Independent Curators International is setting up shop in Beijing. Working with the prestigious Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, ICI’s first curatorial intensive in China will be focused on the subject of The Museum of the Future?: Curating Institutions.
WTF Art Guide to Asia: Beijing’s 798 Art Zone
I get lots of emails from people these days asking about the Beijing art scene. What’s it like? How does it compare to New York and Los Angeles? In a country of 1 billion people, with a number of different art centers, there’s of course no simple answer. But if America’s art mecca is Chelsea in New York, then China’s is almost certainly 798 Art Zone (798艺术区) in Beijing. And with that comparison comes the inevitable complaints of commercialization and the loss of soul.
Major Ai Weiwei Exhibition Canceled; Beijing’s Ullens Center Changes Administration
With Sotheby’s announcement of their sale of Guy Ullens’ collection of Chinese contemporary art comes news that Ullens is divesting himself of his Chinese contemporary art museum in Beijing, handing it over to long-term Chinese partners. A major Ai Weiwei exhibition planned at the space was recently canceled due to political pressure.