Beijing

Won Ju Lim

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art UCCA尤伦斯当代艺术中心

For 24 Seconds of Silence, 2008, Korea-born, Los Angeles–based artist Won Ju Lim charted her reactions to Beijing—a city completely foreign to her, recently under intense international media scrutiny, and burdened by a full arsenal of preconceived notions. The work was commissioned by the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, arguably China’s most globally high-profile art space. Rapidly adapting to that country’s Wild West art market, during the twelve months since it opened, the UCCA has functioned as museum, gallery, and sophisticated venue for luxury product launches. Lim’s installation simultaneously brought an international art dialogue to the local community and baffled Beijing’s fashionistas.

Employing the full volume of a long, irregularly shaped room, the fourteen sculptures and five projections that composed 24 Seconds of Silence spread organically over the dim space. On a total

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