UCCA Center for Contemporary Art

4 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing, China

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art is China’s leading contemporary art institution. Committed to the belief that art can deepen lives and transcend boundaries, UCCA presents a wide range of exhibitions, public programs, and research initiatives to a public of more than one million visitors each year. UCCA Beijing sits at the heart of the 798 Art District, occupying 10,000 square meters of factory chambers built in 1957 and regenerated in 2019 by OMA. UCCA Dune, designed by Open Architecture, lies beneath the sand in the seaside enclave of Aranya in Beidaihe. Formally accredited as a museum by the Beijing Cultural Bureau in 2018, UCCA also operates non-profit foundations, licensed by the Beijing Bureau of Civil Affairs and the Hong Kong government. UCCA’s commercial ventures include the retail platform UCCA Store, the children’s education initiative UCCA Kids, and collaborations and projects under the rubric UCCA Lab. Opened in 2007 and revived by a committed group of Chinese and international patrons in 2017, UCCA works to bring China into global dialogue through contemporary art.


UCCA’s institutional history offers a unique window onto the development of contemporary art in China, and is increasingly of interest to scholars, curators, students and other researchers. Collecting and archiving materials generated since preparations for UCCA began in 2005 is a long-term project for the museum. In the near future, these materials will be made available in a dedicated space within UCCA Beijing. By making its archive widely accessible, UCCA hopes to share insights from its history of exhibition-making and institution-building, providing scholars with resources that can further contribute to the art-historical discourse. The UCCA exhibition archives finding aid will be available soon. For more information, please contact research@ucca.org.cn.


UCCA is preparing to establish its library, outfitted with an array of physical and electronic materials drawn from, and shedding light on, UCCA’s institutional history, China’s recent art history, and global contemporary culture more generally. The library, scheduled to open at UCCA Beijing in 2020, will not only provide academic support for UCCA’s research and curatorial teams, but offer resources for scholars, students, and the wider public. Stay tuned for further information.