ZAO WOU-KI: Space Is Silence

MAM - Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris


01 JUN 2018 - 06 JAN 2019
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While the work of Zao Wu-Ki (1920-2013) is now famous, understanding its complexity remains rare. Since his last retrospective in France in 2003, no exhibition in Paris has made it possible to measure the importance of his painting and especially the stakes involved in using those very large formats throughout his career. As an artist at the crossroads of three worlds, having left his native China for Paris in 1948 at a time when contemporary art was actively shared between France and the United States, he remained attached to the Parisian scene he so appreciated while acknowledging the creative vivacity across the Atlantic and overcoming cultural oppositions and aesthetic struggles. The exhibition will bring together for the first time a large number of polyptychs and large format paintings from the largest European and Asian collections. With an emphasis on the universal scope of his art, to his place alongside the greatest artists of the second half of the 20th century, while highlighting his work that has shown itself permeable to everything that was not painting - beginning with music and poetry - the museum wishes to renew our understanding of his work and to share with the public an experience that crosses borders.