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STPI Gallery presents Zao Wou-Ki: No Boundaries – a selection of over 40 prints, ink, water colors, and oil paintings. These are on loan from a private collection. Zao Wou-Ki, the late French-Chinese artist, who was born in 1920, is well-known for his impressive career from 1950s to the early 2000s. He showed his creativity, versatility, and development as an artist by pushing boundaries in his lifelong quest for new artistic forms. Through this exhibition, we are able to witness this retrospective.
His works are of great art historical value and significance that fuses the cultures and aesthetic traditions of the Orient and the Occident on a single work.
Zou is a descendant to the House of Zhao. As a youth, he was trained in Chinese calligraphy by his grandfather, a Qing Dynasty scholar-official. He left Shanghai for Paris in 1948 for study and became a French citizen in 1964.
He was intrigued by the Abstract Expressionists like Paul Klee. He then created abstraction within Chinese calligraphy and primitive forms of writing, adapted these motifs and surpassed these traditions by tweaking Western and Eastern approaches.
He gradually drew his inspirations from China as he produced a series of ink paintings following Chinese traditions in 1970s and 1980s. In 1972, he made his first return trip to China after 24 years away. His exhibitions were shown in many major cities worldwide, including Singapore.
His artworks are collected by the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Tate Modern and many more. To date, he is the highest-selling Chinese painter of his generation back in 2011.
Guided tours in English are conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11.30am and Saturdays at 2pm.
There are list of activities in conjunction with the exhibition: 9 July 3-4pm Special Feature Film: Zou Wou-Ki 20 July 7-9pm The Silence of Rothko (Film)
23 July 3-4pm The Handmade Paper and Other Objects Talk by Gordon Koh
3 August 7-9pm Silence of the Angel - Paul Klee (Film)
6-7 August 1-5pm STPI Open House
13 August 3-4pm Zou Wou-Ki: Practises and Trends Lecture by Joyce Chan from Christie
20 August Coffee and Conversation: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan
27 August 11.30-12.30pm Lithography Demonstration by Eitaro Ogawa, and 3-5pm Interpreting Zou Wou-Ki by Lasalle Department of Dance