Curated by François Michaud and Erik Verhagen, The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris features 40 large-scale work of Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki until 6 January 2019.
As Zao’s works grew increasingly abstract during the 1960s he began to move away from the detail-heavy style that marked his oracle-bone period towards a bolder, more energetic mode of painting. Zao’s connections with the outside world and nature came from travel, discovery and frienships, the first of which were with Henri Michaux and composer Edgar Varèse. Zao’s initial exposure to Western modernist painting led to a rejection of the classical conventions of Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting. By 1971, however, he had returned to the brush-and-ink technique in which he was trained in China, with work that reflected its sources in Chinese traditions but also his conceptual roots in Western abstraction.
Emphasising the universal scope of Zao’s art and his place alongside the true greats of the second half of the 20th century, the Musée d’Art Moderne displays a group of inks from 2006 that have never been shown before.
Image: Zao Wou-Ki, Hommage à Matisse I – 02.02.86I, 1986Zao Wou-Ki, Hommage à Matisse I – 02.02.86I, 1986Oil on canvasCollection particulière © Adagp, Paris, 2018 Photo : Dennis Bouchard