Meditations in an Emergency

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
798 Art District
No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015

Opening Hours /
21. May - 30. August 2020
From Mon to Sun 10:00 - 19:00

Artists /
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Musquiqui Chihying
Forensic Architecture
Han Bing
Christopher K. Ho
Joyce Ho
Hsu Chia-Wei
Hu Rui
Pierre Huyghe
Jiang Zhuyun 
Oliver Laric
Amiko Li
Li Liao
Lu Lei
Shana Moulton
Qiu Anxiong
Mika Rottenberg 
Angela Su
Wolfgang Tillmans
Yi Xin Tong
Wang Bing
Yang Fudong
Zhang Hui
Zhang Peili
Robert Zhao Renhui
Payne Zhu

Curatorial Team /
UCCA exhibitions team
Guo Xi, Luan Shixuan, Ara Qiu, Lin Luqi, Duffy Du, and Neil Zhang

From May 21 to August 30, 2020, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art presents the group exhibition “Meditations in an Emergency.” The exhibition emerges in the wake of the pandemic which has created the first truly global moment of the twenty-first century. As it marks UCCA’s reopening after the longest closure in its history, since late January, the exhibition looks to art as a source of solace, reflection, and solidarity. Structured in five sections—focused on everyday life, the body and biopolitics, the human/animal dichotomy, migration and borders, and the information landscape—the exhibition includes works by 26 artists. These engage with the currents that have led to our present circumstances, and what futures we might find in the aftermath. The exhibition takes its title from an anthology of poetry by Frank O’Hara (1926-1966), better known during his short life as a curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. As O’Hara wrote in one of the included poems, “In times of crisis, we must all decide again and again whom we love.”...

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