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ART SEEN - Zao Wou Ki

Mid Morning Mix // Art & Culture // Dec. 15, 2015

The Gianadda Foundation in Martigny presents over 50 large format abstract oil paintings and 30 ink drawings from Zao Wou-ki in chronological order reflecting the evolution of his works from finding his unique visual voice to how his personal life influenced phases of his work.

ART SEEN - Zao Wou Ki

Local artists Steph Fonteyn and Uli Van Neyghem have been off to have a look to find out why this particular artist stopped naming his works of art and to see what two very different painters make of his work.

What makes this exhibition really interesting?

·      The visual fusion of European-Asian elements in his works: from seeing hints of Klee and Cezanne in his early works to how he signed his name Zao Wou-Ki in part European and part Chinese.

·      How his personal life impacted his work, especially his darker phase where poet Henri Michaux encouraged him to explore using inks on paper to find balance between light and dark after the suicide of his second wife.

·      The freedom of interpretation: Zao Wou-Ki used the completion date of each painting as a title and this leaves room for imagination when the observer interprets the abstract works, seeing abstract landscapes, seascapes or waves…it is open to interpretation.

·      Zao Wou-Ki’s works became much more audacious in colour and gesture in the later years. It’s as if he was listening to classical music whilst painting and we can feel the different tempos, rhythm and mood reflected visually in each of the works.

Steph and Uli's hot tips:

The Gianadda Foundation organize classical music concerts during the Zao Wou-Ki exhibition. The next one is Beetoven on the 3rd of Febuary 2016 at 8pm in Martigny.

The Practical Details

Zao Wou-Ki Exhibition dates: 4 December 2015 to 12 June 2016
Opening hours: Everyday from 10am – 6pm
Closed: on 24th and 31st December 2015
Address: Rue du Forum 59, 1920 Martigny (Suisse)

Website: www.gianadda.ch

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