From China To Taiwan – Pioneers of Abstraction (1955 – 1985)


The exhibition “From China To Taiwan”: Pioneers of Abstraction’ retraces for the first time in the West the origins and evolution of twentieth-century Chinese abstract painting. Aside from the works themselves, the exhibition also explores the fabulous and epic careers of these Chinese artists, who were obliged to leave their homeland in 1949 and seek refuge in Taiwan.

In 1950, the United States, fearing a conflict with mainland China, decided to take the island under its protection and introduced Western culture. In this new environment, the artists discovered Impressionism and the abstract art of the New York school in the magazines and books in the American Library in Taipei.

Abstract art then became a means for the artists to join the international contemporary movement and express their deep roots.

In 1956 and 1957, the two most significant avant-garde Taiwanese movements were formed: the “Ton Fan Group”, founded by eight of Lee Chun-Shan’s pupils, and the “Wuyue Group”—also known as the “Fifth Moon Group”—, some of whose members were followers of Chu Teh-Chun.

This exhibition was conceived by Sabine Vazieux, a Parisian gallery owner, who has spent the last five years travelling around the world to meet these artists. This is her tribute to them and their work, as the curator of the exhibition.

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