In Memoriam: Zao Wou-ki

Bridgestone Museum of Art

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Marking the recent passing of Zao Wou-ki (b.1921) in April at the age of 92, this exhibition presents a select collection of work from this artist who bridged the divide between Europe and Asia. Having studied and taught at Hangzhou School of Fine Arts, Zao moved to Paris in 1948, at the age of 27, where he developed friendships with the artists Henri Michaux, Hans Hartung, Georges Mathieu, and Pierre Soulages, while also becoming heavily influenced by the work of Paul Klee, before going on to the United States where he became acquainted with Franz Kline, Mark Rothko and other artists associated with American Abstract Expressionism. These range of influences leading him to push the boundaries between traditional Chinese painting and the latest movements of the 20th century. During his career he also came to develop a particular relationship with Japan, first visiting to the Bridgestone Museum of Art in 1958, going on to present various solo and group exhibitions and even being awarded the Praemium Imperial in Honor of Prince Takamatsu, for painting. On this occasion The Bridgestone Museum of Art draws on its significant collection of Zao Wu-ki’s work to reflect upon his significant career.

[Image: Zao Wou-ki “07.06.85” (1985) Oil on canvas, 114.8×195.2cm]



From 2013-06-22 To 2013-09-18


Zao Wou-ki



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