8 Jan 2020

Fondation Chu Teh-Chun Announces Exhibition

The Fondation CHU Teh-Chun is proud to announce the upcoming exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing in April 2020 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the artist.

An unmissable contemporary French-Chinese master

CHU Teh-Chun, who died in 2014 aged 93, was celebrated for integrating traditional Chinese painting techniques with Western abstract art. He is the only painter of his generation to have achieved so successfully a symbiosis of these two cultures. A pupil of the National Hangzhou School of Art (currently China Academy of Art), where he first learnt about Western painting, CHU Teh-Chun began his career as a figurative painter in the tradition of Cézanne or Derain. However, having discovered the Parisian art scene in 1955, he embraced new possibilities and decided to free himself from the figurative and move definitively towards the abstract. He then developed his own artistic writing, a reflection of his personal aspirations, that allowed him to honour his Chinese culture. His unique style is part of the movement known as Lyrical Abstraction.

A prolific artist, he produced more than 2,500 oils on canvas, works on paper, washes and works of calligraphy. He has been the subject of many exhibitions and has been honoured by many illustrious institutions. Throughout his career, CHU Teh-Chun has enjoyed continuous admiration and a growing number of fans are being attracted to his work. In 1997, he was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts of France, the first ethnic Chinese artist to be so honoured.


Commemorative Exhibition on the Occasion of 100 Years of the Birth of CHU Teh-Chun

On the occasion of the century since the birth of CHU Teh-Chun, the Fondation is organizing a major traveling exhibition. Starting in China in 2020, it will then travel to Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

The first exhibition will take place in April 2020 at the National Museum of China in Beijing, the 2nd most visited museum in the world (8.61 million visitors in 2018). With a space of 2000 sqm, the show, which hopes to illustrate the artist’s lyrical universe, consists of more than 200 original works, dating from the 1950s to the 2000s, with examples in all media, oil paintings, wash, calligraphy, gouaches and even ceramics. This exhibition will present works as yet unknown to the public, personal documents and an original documentary on the life and work of the artist.

The exhibition is jointly curated by the National Museum and the Fondation itself which will be responsible for the scenography of the exhibition, highlighting those themes so dear to the artist: nature, poetry and music. The scenography will be punctuated by a set of sequences that will vary atmospheres and medias (music, light projections and films). It will feature alternating shadows and light, intimate spaces and imposing rooms, illustrating enigmatic landscapes or the greatness of a majestic nature.

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