News - Ullens remains committed to UCCA

Following the article in The Art Newspaper and the number of media inquiries that followed, Guy &
Myriam Ullens issued a statement clarifying they still "love Chinese art" but that his dream is "to support and promote a younger generation of artists, as he did with the first generation 25 years ago." (doesn't make it clear if that new generation will be Chinese, though). it said the sale of works at Sotheby's will have no
effect on the day-to-day operations or long-term goals of UCCA. For the past two years, health issues have obliged Mr Ullens to limit his trips and he is unfortunately no longer able to travel as much as he once did. For this reason, Mr Ullens has been looking to set up a board of trustees (made of Chinese shareholders and collectors), to look after UCCA and make sure that it pursues its mission to show the most ambitious and talented artists in China. "Mr Ullens will remain actively involved in UCCA for years to come and this does not change his dedication to the Center or Chinese artists." The Ullens also siad the decision to postpone Ai Weiwei’s exhibition has nothing to do with politics or the future of  UCCA. The exhibition, first scheduled to open in 2010 then in March 2011, has again been delayed – not cancelled, because of time constraints, the large-scale nature of the space at UCCA (over 3000 sq meters) and the artist’s other commitments overseas.

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