T'ang Haywen

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T’ang Haywen was born in Xiamen, Fujian Province in 1927. Following the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937 he emigrated to Saigon, Vietnam before moving to Paris in 1947 where he taught himself painting.

T’ang Haywen predominantly worked with ink and watercolor on paper as well as painting. His abstract works feature gracious brushstrokes in vibrant colors that recall the strokes of Chinese calligraphy. A contemporary of Zao Wu-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun, he is now recognized as one of the pioneers of Chinese abstraction.

Since he passed away in 1991, T’ang Haywen has been widely exhibited in important shows include a travelling retrospective in 1996-1997, which visited the Oceanography Museum of Monaco, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Singapore Museum of Art, Museum of East Asian Art in Germany and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. In 2002, a solo exhibition of his works was held at the Musée Guimet in Paris.
Biography

1955

  • Held first exhibition at Galerie Voyelles, Paris, France


1948

  • Went to Paris to study medicine but enrolled in L’École des Beaux Arts


1927

  • Born in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China

Solo Exhibitions

2012

  • ART HK 12, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong


2005

  • Encre/ Chine:Ink Paintings by Jean Degottex, Gao Xingjian and T’ang Haywen, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong


2003

  • Galerie Encre de Chine, Paris, France


2002

  • Presence de T’ang, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chambery, France

  • Paths of Ink, retrospective exhibition, Shiseido Gallery, Japan

  • Paths of Ink, retrospective exhibition, Musée Guimet, Paris, France


2000

  • Maitres de l’Encre:Chang Dai-Chien - T’ang Haywen - Zao Wou-ki, Musée de Pontoise, France


1998

  • Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong


1997

  • Travelling Retrospective, Oceanography Museum of Monaco; Hong Kong Museum of Art; Singapore Museum of Art; Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne, Germany


1995

  • Empire of the Dragons, Aarhus Kuntsmuseum, Denmark


1986

  • Cultural Centre, Boffrop-Oberhausen, Germany


1985

  • Burgerzentrum, Chateau de Borbeck, Essen, Germany


1984

  • Musée des Beaux Arts de Vitré, Château de Vitré, France

  • Musée des Beax Arts de Vannes, France


1983

  • Musée des Beaux Arts de Quimper, France

  • Art in Academy, National Academy of Science, Washington, USA

  • Musée des Beaux Arts de Brive, France


1980

  • Musée des Ponchettes, Nice, France


1979

  • Musée Savoisien, Chambery, France


1975

  • Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Great Britain


1974

  • Ellingham Mill Art Society, Norfolk Museum, Great Britain


1972

  • Musée de l’Abbaye Saint Croix des Sables d’Olonne, France


1965

  • Centre Cultural Midsommagarden, Stockholm, Sweden

  • International Art Center, Detroit, USA


1964

  • Galerie Galaxie, Detroit, Michigan, USA

  • Galerie Welter, Paris, France


1963

  • Galerie Creuse, Paris, France

  • Alaska Methodist University, Anchorage, AL, USA


1959

  • Musée des Oudaias, Rabat, Morocco

  • Fine Arts School, Casablanca, Morocco

  • Montreal Museum, Canada

  • Galerie Bradtke, Luxembourg


1958

  • Galerie Belles Images, Rabat, Morocco


1957

  • Galerie Belvedere, Hergiswill am See, Lucerne, Switzerland


1955

  • Galerie Voyelles, Paris, France