This semester the Colby College Museum of Art invites you to discover the work of an extraordinary yet little known Chinese-French artist. Zao Wou-Ki (1920–2013) immigrated from Beijing to Paris after WWII and established himself among post-war art circles. Zao’s signature lies in his singular adaption of the visual poetry of Chinese art within twentieth-century oil-painting idioms. His interpretation of abstract art conjoins European modernism with Chinese metaphysical principles.
This exhibition is the first retrospective of the work of Zao Wou-Ki in the US.

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki takes its title from the Chinese meaning of Wou-Ki, “without limitation,” a state of being that the artist embodied through his art.
The exhibition focuses on  the dissemination of the artist's work in the United States, his collaboration with several galleries in New York, together with his strong presence in public and private American collections.

About the artist:
Zao Wou-Ki was born in Beijing and spent his formative years in Shanghai and Hangzhou, where he pursued artistic study at the China Academy of Art. In 1948, he emigrated to Paris, where he was championed by French intellectuals and artists and in subsequent years became a major fixture in the European art world. In the 1950s and 1960s, American museums and private collectors avidly acquired his paintings, and his work was shown in numerous exhibitions including a 1968 solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the last American museum show of Zao’s work until now.
The importance of Zao’s work derives from his singular adaption of visual characteristics of Chinese art within twentieth-century oil-painting idioms. In Zao’s hands, abstraction reflected the encounter between two worlds and embraced both European modernism and Chinese metaphysical principles. His groundbreaking internationalist aesthetic marks him as a key figure of twentieth-century transculturalism.

Visit the website of the museum here.

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki at Colby College Museum of Art

When
February 4th - June 4th, 2017
Where
Colby College Museum of Art
5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME

This semester the Colby College Museum of Art invites you to discover the work of an extraordinary yet little known Chinese-French artist. Zao Wou-Ki (1920–2013) immigrated from Beijing to Paris after WWII and established himself among post-war art circles. Zao’s signature lies in his singular adaption of the visual poetry of Chinese art within twentieth-century oil-painting idioms. His interpretation of abstract art conjoins European modernism with Chinese metaphysical principles.
This exhibition is the first retrospective of the work of Zao Wou-Ki in the US.

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki takes its title from the Chinese meaning of Wou-Ki, “without limitation,” a state of being that the artist embodied through his art.
The exhibition focuses on  the dissemination of the artist's work in the United States, his collaboration with several galleries in New York, together with his strong presence in public and private American collections.

About the artist:
Zao Wou-Ki was born in Beijing and spent his formative years in Shanghai and Hangzhou, where he pursued artistic study at the China Academy of Art. In 1948, he emigrated to Paris, where he was championed by French intellectuals and artists and in subsequent years became a major fixture in the European art world. In the 1950s and 1960s, American museums and private collectors avidly acquired his paintings, and his work was shown in numerous exhibitions including a 1968 solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the last American museum show of Zao’s work until now.
The importance of Zao’s work derives from his singular adaption of visual characteristics of Chinese art within twentieth-century oil-painting idioms. In Zao’s hands, abstraction reflected the encounter between two worlds and embraced both European modernism and Chinese metaphysical principles. His groundbreaking internationalist aesthetic marks him as a key figure of twentieth-century transculturalism.

Visit the website of the museum here.

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