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Wei Liu


An iconoclastic and omnivorous artist, Wei Liu stands today as one of the most prominent contemporary visual artists in China. A graduate of the China Academy of Art, Mr. Liu’s practice embraces video, installation, drawing, sculpture, and painting, with no unifying stylistic tendency. His work explores peripheral identity issues in the context of wider culture and describes sentiments of excess, corruption, and aggression, the emblems of cultural anxiety. He work has shown in exhibitions including 21: World Wide Video Festival in Amsterdam, Cinéma du Réel at the Pompidou Centre in France, Over One Billion Served at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and Between Past and Future at the International Center for Photography in New York. Mr. Liu received the Chinese Contemporary Arts Award’s Best Artist in 2008. During his three-month ACC grant in the U.S., Mr. Liu proposed three goals: to gain exposure to a variety of museums and institutions, notably the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Dia Center for the Arts in Beacon, New York; to meet other contemporary artists and interview them on their methodologies for resolving aesthetic problems; and to seek opportunities to collaborate with artists and non-profit organizations for future projects.

Grants Awarded

2011 | Visual Art | United States

to meet artists and curators and visit contemporary art centers in the United States.


Special Event / Hong Kong

Nocturnal Friendships

July 9, 2015 - August 22, 2015

Nocturnal Friendships is an exhibition that examines various forms of friendship and considers the idea of friendship in relation to desire, the erotic, and death. Curated by acclaimed artist and ACC Fellow Liu Wei and Bowen Li, the exhibition features the work of Chinese artists ACC Fellow Hu Xiangqian, Peng Jian, Tang Yongxiang, Tant Zhong, Yu Ji, Zhang Ruyi, and Zhu Tian.

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Grantee: Wei Liu

Exhibition / Qatar

What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China

March 14, 2016 - July 16, 2016

Internationally acclaimed New York-based Chinese artist and ACC Fellow, Cai Guo-Qiang, curated an exhibition featuring 15 contemporary Chinese artists working across disciplines and multiple media. What About the Art? presents each artist in individual galleries, a curatorial approach exemplifying each artist's unique language and methodology and highlighting the distinctive creative pursuit of each individual participant. 

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Grantees: Guo-Qiang Cai, Jennifer Ma, Jianwei Wang, Wei Liu, Xiangqian Hu

Image courtesy of Cai Studio.
Exhibition / Australia

Before the Rain

January 21, 2017 - March 19, 2017

Before the onset of a downpour there is a moment of heavy humidity that hangs low in the air. Building over time it signals the inevitability of a deluge that will interrupt and intercept patterns of normality. For Hong Kong, a city defined by humidity, the deluge that began on September 28 2014 was the result of a long and steady buildup of uncertainty, anxiety and the long held need to articulate a cohesive identity for the city.  Before the Rain addresses the tensions that precipitated the recent political and civil urgency in Hong Kong and the city’s pressing need to reimagine its future.

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Grantees: Lihe Xiao, Wei Liu, Xiangqian Hu

Exhibition / Georgia

Constellation: Contemporary Art in Today's China

June 8, 2017 - November 9, 2017

This exhibition is a major symbolic event representative of the emergent Chinese avant-garde artists who influence the art scene in China today. This generation of artists no longer relies on the political history background and they have become the players of a larger scene, global in every sense. It shows an understanding of Chinese art as a vital and outstanding way of dealing with political, social and aesthetic issues. Curated by Ami Barak. Out of the 18 artists exhibiting, 4 are ACC grantees.

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Grantees: Qiusha Ma, Shurui Li, Sishun Wang, Wei Liu

Exhibition / United States

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

October 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018

The largest showcase of contemporary Chinese art from 1989 – 2008 in North America, surveying the development of Chinese experimental art from the end of Cold War to the age of globalization and China’s rise on the world stage. Works in the exhibition illustrate the role of artists as both agents and skeptics of China’s global presence against the political, social, and cultural transitions in the past two decades.

This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City. The work of six ACC grantees are included in this exhibition.

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Grantees: Dong Song, Guo-Qiang Cai, Jianwei Wang, Peili Zhang, Wei Liu, Xiuzhen Yin