Calligraphic choreography

It is such a rare chance to see a solo-exhibition of French abstract artist Georges Matthieu (1921-2012) in Hong Kong. Dubbed the father of lyrical abstraction, Matthieu found his artistic vocabulary of performing in front of the canvas when delivering his energetic brushstrokes, which he compares to Chinese calligraphy. One can feel the the endless vitality and the poetic quality of the artist during the post-World War II era through the powerful lines and splashes of colors on his huge canvas. It was a time when abstract expressionism and Gutai movement hit the American and the Japanese art scenes respectively. They all emphasizes the “happening” during the creative processes of the artists. Featured at the exhibition co-presented by K11 Art Foundation and the Consulate General of France is a six-meter-wide painting, which Matthieu created for his Grand Palais Retrospective in 1978.

When: Now – July 4

Where: K11 MUSEA

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