"The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg" Preview-Asian Pop-Up Cinema screens documentary premiere on June 13





JUNE 13, 2017


Featuring Major Contemporary Artists Zeng Fanzhi, Cao Chong’en, Cao Fei, Fang Lijun, Feng Mengbo, Shao Fan, Al Weiwei and Wang Guangyi


 Asian Pop-Up Cinema proudly presents a feature documentary film by art historian and scholar Michael Schindhelm, “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg on Tuesday, June 13th from 6pm-9pm at Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave.

"The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg"; image courtesy Icarus Films


The screening is presented in association with the Embassy of Switzerland (USA), and supported in part by the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago and Alliance Française de Chicago. A wine and cheese reception will take place after the screening, courtesy of the Embassy of Switzerland in the USA

Directed by art historian and scholar Michael Schindhelm (“Bird’s Nest: Herzog & de Meuron in China) and produced by Marcel Hoehn (“Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World), “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg documents the work of diplomat and collector Uli Sigg in championing contemporary Chinese artists. It features interviews with leading contemporary artists including Ai Weiwei, Cao Chong'en, Cao Fei, Fang Lijun, Feng Mengbo, Shao Fan, Wang Guangyi and Zeng Fanzhi. The film is a history of China’s opening to the West, and of the West’s embrace of Chinese contemporary art, through the eyes of Sigg and the dazzling array of contemporary Chinese artists whose work he championed. Artists, curators, diplomats, architects and business colleagues contribute in this colorful documentary survey of contemporary Chinese art.

Artist Wang Guangyi; photo courtesy of Asian Pop-Up Cinema

 Released in 2016, this film begins with the development of the initial joint venture between a Western company and China. When Swiss businessman Uli Sigg first travelled to China in 1979, he was fearful of making contact with underground artists. He became a supporter of the Chinese art scene.  The film follows Sigg’s career and his relationship with Chinese art; he built the world’s largest collection of Chinese contemporary art. He was appointed Swiss ambassador in Beijing, returned to Switzerland, and recently developed a cooperative understanding with the M+ museum in Hong Kong, donating his art collection. The film also focuses on “the ongoing complex relationship between the state and art”.

 "Required viewing for contemporary-art fans.” —The Georgia Straight

 "A surprising film! [Uses] the impenetrable Uli Sigg to show us the hidden side of a complex and mysterious country... An intimate yet delicately icy portrait of a character who nurtures mystery like a defense weapon.”



Poster for "The Chinese Lives of Uli Siigg"; image courtesy of Icarus Films


Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a semi-annual Asian Film Festival,is the brainchild of Sophia Wong Boccio, founder of SOPHIA’S CHOICE, Chicago-based 501 C (3) not-for-profit incorporated in the fall of 2015 with the mission of cultivating interest in Asian culture through film; connecting individuals in the film industry for professional and educational exchanges; and promoting Chicago as a premiere destination for Asian filmmakers.  More info: asianpopupcinema information


To attend the screening, advanced registration is required to assure your seat:asianpopupcinema website

For more information and to watch the trailer, please visit:asianpopupcinema trailer







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