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T’ang Haywen exhibition at the Musée Guimet

An exceptional exhibition devoted to T’ang Haywen will be running from 17 June 2024 at the Musée Guimet (the National Museum of Asian Arts) in Paris. Entitled “Un peintre chinois à Paris” (A Chinese Painter in Paris), it reveals the tremendous talent of a great Chinese artist and contemporary of Zao Wou-Ki.

The exhibition includes a selection of about a hundred major works to give an overview of the main stages in the artist’s career. The works on display are part of a donation of 200 works and 400 items from the artist’s personal archives made to the Musée Guimet in 2022.

A discreet, free-spirited artist, T’ang Haywen was a major figure in Chinese contemporary creation and modernity. His work has been shown in many galleries in France and he was internationally acclaimed.
We presented T’ang Haywen a little while ago :

T'ang Haywen

Untitled, c.1987, ink on ARCHES® paper, diptych, 25×33 cm, cat raisonné TCRD-SDEW-096 – Collection Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet – Paris – © A.D.A.G.P – Paris

T'ang Haywen

Untitled, c.1983, watercolour on ARCHES® paper, triptych, 18,7×19,5 cm, cat raisonné TCRD-TC-007 096 – Collection Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet – © A.D.A.G.P – Paris

T'ang Haywen

Untitled, c.1990, watercolour on ARCHES® paper, 11,3×11 cm, cat raisonné TCRD-PTR-001 096 – Collection Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet – © A.D.A.G.P – Paris

T'ang Haywen

© T’ang Haywen Archives
© T’ang Haywen / ADAGP, Paris, 2024
Untitled, 1988, ink on ARCHES® paper, MA 13252

Discover the world of T’ang Haywen with expert Philippe Koutouzis, Founder and Director of T’ang Haywen Archives

Zao Wou-Ki, artist and contemporary of T’ang Haywen

Zao Wou-Ki was an internationally acclaimed Chinese artist and printmaker. He was born in Beijing, but came to France in 1948, setting up home in the Montparnasse area of Paris. He chose Paris because of Impressionism. By 1949 he had already won first prize in a drawing competition. He learned the technique of lithography at the Desjobert printer’s and began to show his lithographs at the Galerie La Hune. In 1951, he met Paul Klee at an exhibition of prints in Bern. This meeting would mark a decisive turning point in Zao Wou-Ki’s artistic approach. From 1952 onwards, he would show his work in numerous exhibitions in France and all over the world. He became a naturalised French citizen in 1964 thanks to André Malraux. From the 1980s onwards, his immense talent was recognised in Europe, the United States and Mexico. He would only be acknowledged in his own country, China, in 1983. He died at the age of 93 in Nyon, France.

Zao Wou-Ki, Untitled for the collective portfolio Hommage aux Prix Nobel, 1974, copper plate etching with aquatint on ARCHES® paper, MHSR-Issoudun collection, Françoise Marquet-Zao Donation, 2022 ©Photo. A. Ricci ©Adagp, Paris 2023

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