Liu Wei Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Liu Wei
Indigestion II


Mixed media

83 x 214 x 89 cm

Liu Wei’s practice is uniquely varied. Working in video, installation, drawing, sculpture, and painting, there is no stylistic tendency which ties his work together. Rather Liu perceives the artist’s function as a responsibility of unmitigated, uncensored expression, tied to neither ideology nor form. Throughout Liu’s work lies an engagement with peripheral identity in the context of wider culture; his works often describe a sentiment of excess, corruption, and aggression reflective of cultural anxiety.

Liu’s sculpture Indigestion II is a monumental poo. Spanning two meters, it’s a man-sized statement of rejection. Crafted with comic exaggeration, Liu’s turd is both repulsive and compelling; leaving no detail to the imagination, Liu offers ‘too much information’ in the details. On closer inspection, half digested kernels emerge as hundreds of toy soldiers, spilling forth in an unmistakable sentiment of protest.

Liu Wei
Love It! Bite It!


edible dog chews

Dimensions variable

This parody of grotesque consumption re-emerges with Liu’s Love It! Bite It! – a model plan of a city made entirely from dog chews. Comically editing down the world to only the ’tastiest’ bits, Liu’s utopian vision re-engineers the breadth of Western history - from the Coliseum to the Guggenheim - as a carnivorous spectacle. Constructed with painstaking detail, ornate columns, cornices, and magnificent domes tower with warped approximation giving the scene a post-apocalyptic aura, rendering cultural heritage and power as an abject skeletal (or rawhide as the case may be) remain.

Other artists in

Zhang Dali    Zeng Fanzhi    Wang Guangyi    Zheng Guogu    Zhang Haiying    Zhang Hongtu    Zhang Huan    Qiu Jie    Xiang Jing    Shi Jinsong    Fang Lijun    Yue Minjun    Li Qing    Wu Shanzhuan    Shen Shaomin    Li Songsong    Zhan Wang    Liu Wei    Zhang Xiaogang    Zhang Xiaotao    Cang Xin    Shi Xinning    Li Yan    Bai Yiluo    Zhang Yuan    Sun Yuan & Peng Yu    Yin Zhaohui    Feng Zhengjie

Liu Wei's Biography

Liu Wei
1972 Born in Beijing, China
Lives and works in Beijing


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