Rue du Moulin-Vert in the 14 arrondissement of Paris, is located near the Montparnasse neighborhood where great artists congregate and each new arrival is welcomed unreservedly. It is also from there where the life-long art journey of Zao Wou-ki and Lalan began.
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013), Chinese-French master of abstract painting, and his artist wife Lalan (Xie Jinglan) (1921-1995), moved to Paris from China in 1948. They settled at a studio in Rue du Moulin-Vert, and became the neighbors of Alberto Giacometti. At the euphoric meeting ground for the artistic world, Zao befriended other artists such as Pierre Soulages, Georges Mathieu, etc. Immersing in such artistic atmosphere, Zao soon emerged his lyrical abstract style, while Lalan started to cultivate her “integrated art” which merged electronic music, modern dance and painting.
The exhibition specially puts together the distinctive works by Zao Wou-ki, Lalan and his prominent artistic friends such as Pierre Soulages, Georges Mathieu, Hans Hartung, etc. Recreating the creative vibe of the artistic neighborhood, this exhibition provides an exceptional opportunity for the audience to study side by side the Western and Chinese masters who had significant influence on each other during a very unusual period of art development.