18 Jun 2009
19 Jul 2009



June 18 - July 19, 2009



Curated by Jerome Sans, UCCA Director, Ronald Chammah and Jeanne Fouchet

The Exhibition

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/PS1, 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, Shi Xiaofan and Wen Fang.

"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.



Gary HILL, Benoît ROSEL, Robert WILSON


Photographers :

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


Sponsors and Partners for the production

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs / French Embassy in Beijing


Dupon Digital Lab

Air France


Sofitel Wanda


Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) is a non-profit, comprehensive art center founded in Beijing by collectors Guy and Myriam Ullens in November 2007. UCCA presents exhibitions of established and emerging artists and acts as a trusted platform to share knowledge through education, exchange and research.



Bernard PLOSSU, 2002
Isabelle Huppert - Woman of Many Faces
Isabelle Huppert - Woman of Many Faces
Isabelle Huppert - Woman of Many Faces
Isabelle Huppert - Woman of Many Faces
Isabelle Huppert - Woman of Many Faces
Quentin SHIH, 2008
Quentin SHIH, 2008
Peter LINDBERGH, 2001
Juergen TELLER, 2004
Isabelle Huppert - Woman of Many Faces

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