Walasse Ting, The flower thief (1929-2011)

Walasse Ting, The flower thief (1929-2011)


Walasse Ting, a genre-breaking artist born in Shanghai and working successively in Paris, New York and Amsterdam, was a forerunner of the internationalization of contemporary Chinese art.

After leaving China, Walasse Ting came to Paris in 1952. His expressive creations caused him to gravitate toward the COBRA group, of which certain members, such as Pierre Alechinsky, acquired certain Asian painting techniques. While his predilection for Matisse was confirmed during his Parisian years, it was in New York that Walasse Ting discovered his unique universe, made of alternations between ink and pure colour, between the codes of Chinese painting and the spontaneity of Action Painting. He thus became a part of the New York creative scene through collective works, like the “1 cent” project (1964), which brought together Alechinsky and Sam Francis, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Asger Jorn, Robert Indiana, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, among others. In 1970, Walasse Ting donated 80 paintings to the Cernuschi Museum. This unique collection, that had never been exhibited, underwent a several-year restoration project, making it possible to rediscover his abundant and playful universe. From monumental compositions portraying women with plant-like bodies, to the pages of a confession book, this collection is inseparable from the subversive figure of the “flower thief”, the imaginary alter ego of the artist.

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Exposition Walasse Ting | Musée Cernuschi

Exposition Walasse Ting (1928-2010), Le voleur de fleurs <br />Du 7 octobre 2016 au 26 février 2017 au musée Cernuschi. <br /> <br />L’itinéraire de Walasse Ting, artiste inclassable né à Shanghai, actif à Paris, puis New-York et Amsterdam, préfigure l’internationalisation de l’art contemporain chinois survenue dans les années 1990. En 1970, Walasse Ting a fait don au musée Cernuschi de 80 peintures représentant de manière quasi-exhaustive son univers foisonnant et ludique. <br />Depuis les compositions monumentales mettant en scène des femmes au corps végétal jusqu’aux feuilles d’un livre-confession, cet ensemble est indissociable de la figure subversive du « voleur de fleurs », double imaginaire de l’artiste. <br /> <br />L'exposition réunit un ensemble de 70 œuvres de l'artiste, la moitié provient des collections du musée Cernuschi, l’autre moitié de collections européennes et américaines. <br /> <br />En savoir plus : http://www.cernuschi.paris.fr/fr/expositions/walasse-ting-1928-2010

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Walasse Ting
Le Voleur de fleurs
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