Zao Wou-Ki

Born in 1921 - China

BIOGRAPHY

Zao was born in Beijing with family roots in Dantu, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. In his childhood he was brought back to his hometown Dantu where he studied calligraphy. From 1935 to 1941, he studied painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

In 1948, he went with his wife Lan-lan, a composer, to Paris to live on the same block in Montparnasse where the classes of Émile Othon Friesz took place. His earliest exhibitions in France were met with praise from Joan Miró and Picasso.

Zao and his wife pursued their own careers, their son having stayed in China with his Zao's parents. In the mid-1950s, they were divorced. In 1957, Zao decided to visit the United States where his younger brother Chao Wu-Wai was living in Montclair, New Jersey, close to the art scene of New York City. He wanted to learn more about "pop art". While in the US, he painted seven canvases at his brother’s house. There are relatively few items dating from that year (1957). Years later, the largest canvas was given by his brother, Chao Wu-Wai, to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

He left the U.S. after a six week stay, traveling to Tokyo and then to Hong Kong, where he met his second wife Chan May-Kan (???, May Zao), a film actress who with two children from her first marriage. Under the influence of Zao, she became a successful sculptor. In 1972, she committed suicide at age 41 due to mental illness.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2015
Zao Wou-Ki - Ink & Watercolor - 8/F Club Lusitano, Hong Kong
2013
Zao Wou-Ki - A Memorial - Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei
2012
Zao Wou-ki - Beyond - FEAST Projects, Hong Kong
2011
Group Show: Post War and Contemporary Masters - 8/F Club Lusitano, Hong Kong
Zao Wou-Ki: Paintings: 1950s - 1950s - de Sarthe Gallery, Paradise Valley, AZ
2010
Jeux d’encres - Galerie DX, Bordeaux
2009
Zao Wou-Ki - Zao Wou-Ki Œuvres 1956-2007 - Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, QC
2008
Zao Wou-Ki: “Tribute to Jean-Paul Riopelle” and Recent Paintings - Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec City
Zao Wou-Ki - Marlborough New York, New York City, NY
2006
Zao Wou-Ki - Estampes 1956-1994, et Estampes Internationales - Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, QC
2004
Zao Wou-Ki - Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo
Zao Wou-Ki. La quête du silence - Musée Fabre, Montpellier
Zao Wou-Ki - Une quète du silence - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dunkerque, Dunkerque
2003
Zao Wou Ki - Rétrospective - Jeu de Paume, Paris
Parcours - Galerie Olivier Vanuxem, Paris
Zao Wou-Ki - Recent Works - Marlborough New York, New York City, NY
Zao Wou-Ki - Taidehalli - Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki
2001
Zao Wou Ki - Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels
Zao Wou-Ki - J. Bastien-Art, Brussels
2000
Zao Wou-Ki’s First Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition in Taiwan - Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
Zao Wou-Ki - Ncres Récentes. Vagabondages - Galerie Marwan Hoss, Paris
1999
Zao Wou-Ki 1948 - 1999 Retrospective Exhibition - Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
1997
The Exhibition of Zao Wou-Ki’s Art Works - Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
1996
Zao Wou-Ki - J. Bastien-Art, Brussels
Infinite Image and Space – A Retrospective of Zao Wou-ki - Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
1982
Zao Wou-Ki: Black-and-white paintings - The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Kamakura
1979
Zao Wou-ki : grafisch werk - De Korenbeurs (bis Sept 05), Schiedam
1968
Zao Wou-Ki - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA


GROUP SHOWS

2015
Best of the Best - Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo
Guess What? Hardcore Contemporary Art's Truly a World Treasure - National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto
2014
Guess What? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure - Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
Presència de Galeria Joan Prats - Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona
2013
Atelier Arts Litho - Galerie Eva Doublet, Saint-Georges du Bois
Re:Vision/Landscapes from the Permanent Collection - Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
De Cuno Amiet à Zao Wou-Ki. Le fonds d'estampes Cailler - Musée de Pully, Pully
Abstract Paintings - 8/F Club Lusitano, Hong Kong
2012
Galleria Grafica Collection No.20 - Galleria Grafica Tokyo, Tokyo
Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
Made In France Iii - Galerie d'Art Jean-Claude Bergeron, Ottawa, ON
Shanghai ! La Tentation de l’occident - Polka Galerie, Paris
Shanghai ! La Tentation de l’occident - Institut culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux
Du Bon Usage De L'acide... - Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, QC
Le dessin - Galerie Ditesheim, Neuchâtel
2011
Groupshow - Galerie DX, Bordeaux
Les Sujets de l’Abstraction (1946 – 1962); 101 masterpieces from the Gandur Foundation for Art, Geneva - Musée Fabre, Montpellier
Exposition Art Moderne & Contemporain - Espace Nelombos, Geneva
Galleria Grafica Collection No.19 - Galleria Grafica Tokyo, Tokyo
Arts Élysées 2011, Paris - Cyrille de Gunzburg, Paris
Mappenwerke - Galerie Heimeshoff, Essen
Commemoration -10th Anniversary of Soka Art Beijing - Soka Art Center - Beijing, Beijing
Points of View: Selections from Seven Colorado Collections - CU Art Museum, Boulder, CO
Colectiva de Verano 2011 - Galería Vértice - Guadalajara-México, Guadalajara
Group Show: Post War and Contemporary Masters - de Sarthe Gallery, Paradise Valley, AZ
Tapisseries et cartons d’artistes contemporains - Musée de l\'hospice Saint-Roch, Issoudun
Parcours d'un galeriste. François Ditesheim - Musée des beaux-arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchâtel
Group Show - Marlborough New York, New York City, NY
2010
The Way is Not Merely Between Two Points - Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
Abstractions - Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, Paris
Monet et l'Abstraction - Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris
THE RUNNING THREAD - Drawings from the CAM Collection - Centro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
2009
Exhibition of Masters of 20th Century Chinese Art - Anna Ning Fine Art, Beijing
Works on Paper - Marlborough New York, New York City, NY
Colors of the Sea, Shapes of the Sea - Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo
Accrochage de groupe - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
Abstractions (1956-2006) - Musée Fabre, Montpellier
Double Happiness - Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
2008
Clue — Abstract Works Exhibition - Aura Gallery - Shanghai, Shanghai
Abstractions - Galerie 1900-2000, Paris
Die Hände der Kunst - MARTa Herford, Herford
2007
Face A Face - Fondation Fernet Branca, Saint-Louis
Exploration: New Ink Art, Shanghai, 2007 - Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Hommage à l´Atelier Lacourière-Frélaut - Galerie Michèle Broutta, Paris
2006
La tentation de l´Orient - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
Peintures / Painting - Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
The Landscape of the Mind - Galerie Helene Lamarque - Paris, Paris
Groupe d´expositions - Cyrille de Gunzburg, Paris
Homenaje a Chillida - Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao
Blanc Silence - Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, QC
2005
Works on Paper - Marlborough New York, New York City, NY
Rätselhaft? Informelle Druckgraphik Gestern und Heute - Sammlung Hartmann - Kulturhof Flachsgasse , Speyer
gift - Aura Gallery - Shanghai, Shanghai
2004
The best of the contemporary Chinese art market — Lin Fengmian, Sanyu, Yun Gee, Wu Da-Yu, Zao Wou-Ki - Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
2003
Collection D'Estampes Contemporaines - Galerie Akié Arichi, Paris
Paris 1945 bis 1965 - Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
Group Exhibition - Works by gallery artists - Marlborough New York, New York City, NY
Rätselhaft? - Terra Magica - Informelle Druckgraphik Gestern und Heute - Sammlung Hartmann - Galerie mesta Plzne - Pilsen Municipal Gallery, Pilsen
2002
Arte Múltipla - Galeria 111 - Lisboa, Lisbon
2001
Ausgewählte Werke - Künstler der Galerie seit 1971 - Galerie Dorn, Stuttgart
Druckgraphik aus Frankreich nach 45 - MMK Museum Moderner Kunst - Stiftung Wörlen, Passau
2000
Continental Shift - Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
1999
Du noir au blanc pendant 100 ans - J. Bastien-Art, Brussels
1998
Between Abstract and Figuration—40 Years of Dialogue - Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
The gallery holds a re-opening exhibition - Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
Mesure et Démesure - J. Bastien-Art, Brussels
1997
The Language of Abstraction: Post-War Painting from the Collection - Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
1994
New Chinese Painting: The Twentieth Century Selection Exhibition - Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
1988
Abstraction : expressions - confrontation 1950 - 1970 - Galerie Bernard Davignon, Paris
1985
Western Modern Arts - Gana Art Gallery, Seoul
1981
Les maîtres de l'abstraction lyrique - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
1979
L'abstraction lyrique en Europe - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
1969
Hommage à René Char - Musée d'art moderne de Céret, Céret
1963
Deutsche und französische Graphik der Gegenwart - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
1962
Artists of the Kootz Gallery - The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
1961
Französische Graphik - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
Ecole de Paris - Molton Gallery, London
1959
Internationale Ausstellung Graphik der Gegenwart 1959 - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
School of Paris 1959 - the internationals - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
1958
Four Paris painters - Samuel Kootz Gallery, New York City, NY
1957
Junge Graphik aus Paris - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
Graphik vom Oeuvre gravée - Galerie nächst St. Stephan - Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna

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