Huge landscapes directly painted by Yan Pei-Ming on the walls of UCCA's Big Hall frame a series of painted flags representing portraits of 34 children. Imagined as an abounding walk trough faces and urban views, the exhibition powerfully conveys his intentions and gives the audience an opportunity to discover a striking vision of our world in a landscape of crisis and beyond. As part of the Curated by series, Temperature is an exhibition of emerging artist Yan Bing. Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces gathers about 100 photo and video portraits of French actress created by an international group of leading photographers.
Curated by Jérôme Sans, UCCA Director, and Guo Xiaoyan, UCCA Chief Curator
UCCA presents Landscape of Childhood, an exhibition by major artist Yan Pei-Ming. Following Mona Lisa's Funeral exhibition in Musée du Louvre, Landscape of Childhood will stand as a surprising show and the first time Yan Pei-Ming has produced a show without canvases, by experimenting with installation.
"Yan Pei-Ming has become the ultimate artist portraying the iconic characters of our time. His work stands as a major reference on the international contemporary art scene and this show should remain a milestone in history since it features the icons of tomorrow: the next generation of Chinese citizens framed into an empty landscape, the future'', says Jérôme Sans, UCCA Director and co-curator of Landscape of Childhood.
Huge landscapes directly painted on the walls of UCCA's Big Hall frame a series of painted flags representing portraits of 34 children. Imagined as an abounding walk trough faces and urban views, the exhibition powerfully conveys Yan Pei-Ming's intentions and gives the audience an opportunity to discover a striking vision of our world in a landscape of crisis and beyond.
Yan Pei-Ming is famous for his monochromatic large portraits executed in either black and white or red shades. "I have never felt it necessary to put some things around the persons; I just want to draw portraits," explains the artist.
"Yan Pei-Ming's portraits, furiously and quickly executed with a strong, large brushstroke technique, bring about the artist's concerns on social conflicts and international politics and present his ongoing interest for problems of universal human nature'', analyses Guo Xiaoyan, UCCA Chief Curator and co-curator of Landscape of Childhood.
Born in Shanghai in 1960 and living in Dijon, France, since the early 1980s, Yan Pei-Ming has always been interested in the concepts of individuality and anonymity expressed in the portraits and landscapes he paints. He has been one of the first Chinese artists to settle and build his career abroad.
Yan Pei-Ming has taken part in numerous group and solo shows. The artist's many prestigious group shows include The unhomely, Phantom Scenes in Global Society, 2nd Biennale International of Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain (2006), A propos du Lingchi (supplice des 100 morceaux), with Huang Yong Ping, Musée Denon, Chalon-sur-Saône, France, Moi - Autoportraits du xxe siècle, Musee du Luxembourg, Paris, France (both 2004), New Zone-Chinese Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2003), The Venice Biennale, Italy (2003 and 1995) ; and Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France ( 2000 and 1997). Yan Pei-Ming's most awarded solo exhibitions include The Way of the Dragon, Kunsthalle, Mannheim (2004), Hommage à mon père, Dijon-Shanghai-Guangdong, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai and Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, (2005), Inside the red window-Confession, Gallery Massimo De Carlo, Milan (2005), Execution, Musée d'Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne (2006), You maintain a sense of balance in the midst of great success, David Zwirner Gallery, New York (2007), The Yan Pei-Ming Show, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan (2007), Portraits d'artistes, Fondation Maeght, France (2007), Yan Pei-Ming with Yan Pei-Ming, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy (2008), Life Souvenir , Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, U.S.A (2008), Yes, San Francisco, California, U.S.A (2009), Les Funérailles de Monna Lisa, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France (2009).
Yan Bing: Temperature
June 19 - August 16, 2009
Curated by … Liu Xiaodong
As part of the Curated by series, UCCA is pleased to present Temperature, an intriguing exhibition of emerging artist Yan Bing Curated by leading Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong. The show displays installations and paintings made with organic material and form. Earth, cow skin, animal shapes and rough surfaces create genuine art works interweaved with the artist's memory and nostalgia.
"Yan Bing demonstrates an extraordinary maturity in his works, recalling a certain inspiration from the Arte Poverra movement yet imposing his own sense of material and shape to create this artistic universe whose heart beat is highly palpable," feels Jerome Sans, UCCA Director.
Among the reasons why he has chosen Yan Bing for this edition of Curated by, Liu Xiaodong explains: "In the age of globalization and superfast consumption, we don't need to care about anything. Computers help us remember everything, and flesh and soul can be easily swapped like excess commodities. Even battlefields are no longer littered with corpses, just as electronic games leave us with no traces. However, Yan Bing brings us traces, traces with a temperature. Yan Bing's trace is in fact a handful of soil, which suddenly becomes so concrete in his hand, so incredible and with a temperature". Being still in front of this temperature…we reflect on what we have done, what we ought to do and ought not to.
For Yan Bing, "if all things have their own spirits, then a spade shall have its personality and a pile of mud shall have its own temper. When all the details of this world have been over-defined, are we embodied with more wisdom or less? When all we see has been conceptualized and thus has lost what makes it interesting, I would rather go back to the age of innocence".
Yan Bing, born in 1980, in Gansu Province, graduated from the Third Studio of Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. He now lives and works in Beijing. Temperature is his first exhibition in an institution.
Curated by is UCCA's branded initiative to support the next generation of Chinese artists. Intending to give artists their first opportunity for a solo show, Curated by will make a series of exhibitions at UCCA in 2009.
Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces
June 19 - July 19, 2009
Curated by Jérôme Sans, UCCA Director, Ronald Chammah, Jeanne Fouchet
UCCA presents, as part of Croisements Festival 2009, Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces, an ambitious photo show initiated by the Museum of Modern Art / P.S.1, New York, for the first time in China. The exhibition gathers about 100 photo and video portraits of French actress Isabelle Huppert created by a multi generational, international group of leading photographers. For this unique Chinese issue, the project will include new works by the upcoming generation of Chinese artists: Yang Fudong, Wen Fang and Shi Xiaofan.
"The idea of having young Chinese photographers giving their very own creative vision of a Legendary French star broadens the 'Huppert' myth and give it an unprecedented resonance in China. We are glad to be the place where the two worlds meet". Said Jerome Sans, UCCA Director and co-curator of Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces.
The works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edouard Boubat, Nan Goldin, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Robert Franck, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Roni Horn, Juergen Teller, Helmut Newton, Robert Wilson... among others, are inspired by Isabelle Huppert's dynamic, challenging, and powerful presence in her movie roles and act as a tribute to her prolific, thirty-year acting career.
Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces has already been presented in over seven important institutions, including the Musée d'art Moderne/Couvent des Cordeliers in Paris, the Galerie C/O in Berlin, the Gallery of the Botanical Garden in Madrid, the Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Tokyo). The exhibition is actually shown at the Gemeentemuseum of Den Haag (The Netherlands) until June 17th 2007.
The more than 250.000 visitors who have visited the show so far, confirm the public's interest in this exhibition, which can be further described as a « history of the photographic portrait in the last decades of 20th Century ».
This exhibition is organised as part of Croisements Festival with the support of the French Embassy. It is produced by Joany Edition. Croisements Festival (www.faguowenhua.com) has been taking place every year since 2006. Organised by the French Embassy, it aims at promoting exchanges and collaborative works between Chinese and French artists and cultural institutions.
A catalogue accompanying the exhibition includes written portraits by Susan Sontag and Elfriede Jelinek.
Richard AVEDON, Antoine d'AGATA, Arnaud BAUMANN, Carole BELLAICHE, Edouard BOUBAT, Jean-Christian BOURCART, Guy BOURDIN, Jérôme BREZILLON, René BURRI, Henri CARTIER-BRESSON, Ronald CHAMMAH, Jean-Philippe CHARBONNIER, Pénélope CHAUVELOT, Michel COMTE, Roger CORBEAU, Bruce DAVIDSON, Patrick DEMARCHELIER, Raymond DEPARDON, Philip-Lorca diCORCIA, Rineke DIJKSTRA, Robert DOISNEAU, Claudine DOURY, Richard DUMAS, William EGGLESTON, Elliott ERWITT, Patrick, FAIGENBAUM, Martine FRANCK, Robert FRANK, Leonard FREED, Claude GASSIAN, Nan GOLDIN, Lucien, HERVE, Noelle HOEPPE, Robin HOLLAND, Roni HORN, Frank HORVAT, Dominique ISSERMANN, Douglas KIRKLAND, Thomas KLAUSMANN, Nick KNIGHT, Josef KOUDELKA, Brigitte LACOMBE, Sylvie LANCRENON, Jacques Henri LARTIGUE, William LAXTON, Ange LECCIA, Annie LEIBOVITZ, Peter LINDBERGH, Anne-Marie MIEVILLE, Jean-Baptiste MONDINO, Sarah MOON, Pete MOSS, Helmut NEWTON, Gueorgui PINKHASSOV, Sylvia PLACHY, Bernard PLOSSU, Len PRINCE, Guy LE QUERREC, Marc RIBOUD`
Herb RITTS, Karin ROCHOLL, Willy RONIS, Paolo ROVERSI, Lise SARFATI, Ferdinando SCIANNA, Jeanloup SIEFF, Hedi SLIMANE, Studio HARCOURT, Hiroshi SUGIMOTO, Juergen TELLER, Michel VANDEN EECKHOUDT, Pascal VICTOR, George WHITEAR, Joel-Peter WITKIN, Hugues de WURSTEMBERGER, Quentin SHIH, Wen Fang, YANG Fudong
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French Ministry of Foreign Affairs / French Embassy in Beijing
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