2015

The Portrait of Guy and Myriam Ullens

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art(UCCA) founders Baron and Baroness Guy and Myriam Ullens de Schooten are among the world’s leading art collectors. Their deep affection for China led them to build one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Chinese art, and in turn an art center that would promote the development of this art. Having retired from a forty-year career with his family’s business in 2000, Mr. Ullens devotes his full energies to charitable initiatives.

Together they also maintain a series of projects in Nepal including orphanages, child-nutrition centers, and the Ullens School. In 2004, Mrs. Ullens founded the Mimi Foundation, which helps to ease the suffering of cancer patients at hospitals throughout Europe.

Portrait of Guy and Myriam Ullens, Yan Pei-Ming, 2008
Oil on canvas, 250x400cm

Yan Pei-Ming was born in Shanghai in 1960, he has lived and worked in Dijon, France since the 1980s. He is a painter best known for portraits of historical figures, world leaders, and celebrities in his characteristic monochromatic style.

This monumental portrait of UCCA founders Baron and Baroness Guy and Myriam Ullens de Schooten was completed shortly after UCCA opened and was first shown here as part of the exhibition "Our Future: The Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection" during the Olympic summer of 2008. It hangs today as a testament to the continued generosity of this couple, whose extraordinary passion for contemporary art in China gave rise to this institution.

Philanthropist Guy Ullens (left) and wife Myriam, founders of The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), during a party to celebrate the opening of The Ullens Center for Contemporary in Factory 798 in Dashanzi Art District in Beijing 3 November 2007.

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