UCCA Beijing

Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces

2009.6.19 - 2009.7.19


Location:  Nave, Long Gallery, Auditorium

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.

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