Art: Zao Wou-Ki at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda

Last Sunday I visited the Zao Wou-Ki Exhibition at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda. It was the first time that I see paintings of this amazing chinese artist and I was really impressed.  Zao Wou-Ki was born in Bejing on the February 13th 1920 and died on the April 9th 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland. He was a french-chinese painter and was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Zao’s works are in the field of abstraction and were influenced by Paul Klee. He names them with the date in which he finishes them, and in them, masses of colours appear to materialise a creating world, like a big bang, where light structures the canvas. He worked formats in triptychs and diptychs. While his work was stylistically similar to the Abstract Expressionists whom he met while travelling in New York, he was influenced by Impressionism. Zao Wou-ki stated that he had been influenced by the works of Matisse, Picasso and Cézanne.

When I entered the Fondation Building I was really inspired how colorful and big these paintings of Zao Wou-Ki are. Even they are too abstract for some people I think these paintings are something special and unique. I’ve never seen art like this before. All in all it was a great exhibition. I also enjoyed an the Michel Darbellay Photography Exhibition with photos of the sculptures which are placed in the parc of the Fondation. And every time I visited the Fondation Pierre Gianadda I saw the world famous classic car museum too.

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(photos: copyright Matthias Kalbermatter)