Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Zao Wu Ji at the BNF


Chinese painter Zao Wu Ji, who has been a Parisian for the past 60 years, may well be my favorite living artist. Last year, he donated many of his printed works to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, which is now offering an exhibition celebrate this manna. I visited it today and fell for the etchings as well as the illustrations Zao created for poetry collections by Leopold Senghor, Shakespeare, Ezra Pound, and two of my favorite French poets, the sublime René Char and the whimsical Henri Michaux, who was one of Zao's life-long friend.

17 comments:

karina said...

Great post, I have never heard of him till now.
Mary-laure, reaging your blog is like gointo school again but a fun and interesting one.

design for mankind. said...

OMG wowza. I totally agree with Karina! :)

Anonymous said...

i am happy that you post about artists that you enjoy...
nancy

MadameDior said...

beautiful, i hadn't heard of him either up until now, will make sure to research some of his work

Molly :] said...

wow, they are beautiful! :)

pve design said...

lovely works. will be in paris on friday and am in hopes we can connect.

Mrs.French said...

Oh my! I am sure it must have been a lovely exhibit! I wish I could go!

Laura said...

Until when does the exhibition run?

Nay'Chelle said...

I really like the first one. Is it an etching?

Mary-Laure said...

KARINA - what a fabulously wonderful comment you left me, querida! Thank you...

PVE DESIGN - I'm off to Amsterdam for a week but hope we can get together when I return...?
Email me: petipaw@gmail.com

LAURA - the show runs until August 24; all the info is available at:
http://www.bnf.fr/pages/zNavigat/frame/cultpubl.htm?ancre=exposition_602.htm

NAY'CHELLE - absolutely, the top picture is an etching dating from 1949. I fell in love with it...

enc said...

I'd never have heard of him if I hadn't here. Thanks for posting this.

marie said...

oh i have to see this one..
a nice plan for saturday :)

coco said...

I love the first piece!

Hila said...

I totally agree with Karina!

Mary-Laure said...

MARIE - actually, it may be a little crowded on Saturdays and Sundays... The show is open every day except Mondays, so I'd try to go another day if I were you.
When you go, do check out the bookstore, they have lots of amazing art books on sale, at really very good prices.
Enjoy!

Mary-Laure said...

MARIE - actually, it may be a little crowded on Saturdays and Sundays... The show is open every day except Mondays, so I'd try to go another day if I were you.
When you go, do check out the bookstore, they have lots of amazing art books on sale, at really very good prices.
Enjoy!

mansuetude said...

she is so beautiful--