Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Wang Xingwei

  • Book Design

Book design for a large-scale retrospective of one of China’s most mature and wide-ranging contemporary painters, Wang Xingwei, at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. UCCA is a comprehensive, not-for-profit art center serving a global Beijing public.Taking into account his famously quirky sensibility, the exhibition was organized neither chronologically nor by subject matter, but by the relationship of the subject to the canvas (frontal, rear and profile).

The primary goal when designing the dual language catalogue, in both Chinese and English, was to create a seamless interaction of the book with the physical space. The design of the book achieved this goal with a vibrant color palette and chapter openers that directly influenced the exhibition signage.