• Installation view of Return to Nature.

    Installation view of Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang), Lévy Gorvy, Hong Kong, 2019. Photo: Kitmin Lee. Soulages artwork: © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

  • Installation view of Return to Nature.

    Installation view of Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang), Lévy Gorvy, Hong Kong, 2019. Photo: Kitmin Lee. Liang Hao artwork © Liang Hao; Liu Ye; Yinxian Wu; Piet Mondrian; Song Dong

  • Installation view of Return to Nature.

    Installation view of Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang), Lévy Gorvy, Hong Kong, 2019. Photo: by Kitmin Lee. Fengmian Lin; Wassily Kandinsky artwork © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Dayu Wu; Joan Mitchell artwork © Estate of Joan Mitchell; Liang Hao artwork © Liang Hao; Liu Ye; Yinxian Wu; Piet Mondrian; Song Dong

  • Installation view of Return to Nature.

    Installation view of Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang), Lévy Gorvy, Hong Kong, 2019. Photo: by Kitmin Lee. Zao Wou-Ki artwork © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris; Agnes Martin artwork © 2019 Estate of Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Installation view of Return to Nature.

    Installation view of Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang), Lévy Gorvy, Hong Kong, 2019. Photo: Kitmin Lee. Claude Monet; Yves Klein artwork © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang)Exhibition

Hong Kong
March 26 - May 18, 2019

Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang)

Lévy Gorvy is delighted to present its inaugural exhibition in Hong Kong, Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang)—an exhibition that offers a lineage of Eastern and Western artists whose practices look to the natural world for cohesion and clarity. Examining the ideas of inherited tradition, materiality of nature, and the mystery of spirituality that artists throughout the history of Eastern and Western art come back to in times of moral, cultural, and political crisis, Return to Nature will include works by Dayu Wu, Dong Song, Wassily Kandinsky, Liang Hao, Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell, Claude Monet, Pierre Soulages, Pat Steir, Wenliang Yan, Yinxian Wu, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others.

The words of the exhibition’s title are found in The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons (Wen Xin Diao Long), an influential book of literary theory written by Liu Xie of the 5th century Southern Dynasty. “Zao Xue” means to keep the spirit pure, while “Han Zhang” refers to a breadth of mind. In times of moral, cultural, and political crisis throughout the histories of Eastern and Western art, artists have returned to such fundamental qualities; they look to the assuredness of ancestral roots and inherited traditions, the vibrant materiality of nature, and the existential mysteries of spirituality. Merging the human imagination with the creative capacity of nature, the artists in Return to Nature choose not to participate in the chaos of humanity, seeking instead to grapple with a reality seemingly more solid and unified than our own.

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Selected Works

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  • Painting by Wassily Kandinsky, "Noir bigarré," 1935.

    Wassily Kandinsky
    Noir bigarré
    1935
    Oil on canvas
    45 11/16 x 35 1/16 inches (116 x 89 cm)
    Photo: Kitmin Lee
    Artwork © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • Painting by Pierre Soulages: Peinture 162 x 130 cm, 6 octobre 1963 1963

    Pierre Soulages
    Peinture 162 x 130 cm, 6 octobre 1963
    1963
    Oil on canvas
    63 7/8 x 51 1/4 inches (162 x 130 cm)
    Photo: Studio SEBERT
    Artwork © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • Painting by Wu Dayu: Untitled 35. No date.

    Dayu Wu
    Untitled-35
    Oil on canvas
    22 13/16 x 15 3/16 inches (58 x 38.5 cm)

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  • Painting by Yinxian Wu: Chinese Hibiscus, 1977.

    Yinxian Wu
    Chinese Hibiscus
    1977
    Chromogenic color print
    6 5/8 x 10 11/16 inches (16.8 x 27.2 cm)

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  • Painting by Zao Wou-Ki: Le Vert caresse l'orange - 11.06.2005 2005.

    Zao Wou-Ki
    Le Vert caresse l'orange - 11.06.2005
    2005
    Oil on canvas
    76 3/4 x 38 3/16 inches (195 x 97 cm)
    Photo: Dennis Bouchard
    Artwork © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • Painting by Piet Mondrian, "Stalk with Two Japanese Lilies," 1921.

    Piet Mondrian
    Stalk with Two Japanese Lilies
    1921
    Ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper
    12 3/8 x 12 3/8 inches (31.5 x 31.5 cm)
    Photo: Kitmin Lee

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  • Painting by Yinxian Wu: Huashan Mountain, 1962.

    Yinxian Wu
    Huashan Mountain 001
    1962
    Gelatin silver print
    8 1/2 x 11 11/16 inches (21.5 x 29.7 cm)

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  • Painting by Agnes Martin, "Untitled," 2003.

    Agnes Martin
    Untitled
    2003
    Acrylic and graphite on canvas
    60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
    Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein
    Artwork © Agnes Martin / DACS 2019

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  • Painting by Yinxian Wu, Chinese quince 002, 1976.

    Yinxian Wu
    Chinese quince 002
    1976
    Chromogenic color print
    6 1/2 x 9 5/8 inches (16.5 x 24.5 cm)

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Selected Press

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Lévy Gorvy 厉为阁 由 Dominique Lévy 和 Brett Gorvy 创立。此二位都曾是拍卖大行佳士得的王牌干将,也是画廊界和艺术圈的超级大V。两人联手策划打造的厉为阁着重培育与现代、战后和当代艺术等相关的项目,目前在纽约、伦敦和香港设有展览空间。

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GalleriesNow | Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang)

March 27, 2019

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South China Morning Post | Art Basel Hong Kong: Celebration of Market-Driven Mediocrity or a Boon for Art in the City?

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March 27, 2019

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Whitewall | Whitewaller Hong Kong 2019: What to See

March 27, 2019

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Whitewall | Brett Gorvy on the New Lévy Gorvy Hong Kong

March 26, 2019

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Perspective | Guide to Hong Kong Arts Month 2019

March 25, 2019

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The Value | 香港藝術三月掀「無極戰爭」 抽象大師名畫四足鼎立

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Hong Kong Tatler | Beyond Art Basel: Hong Kong's Blue-Chip Gallery Exhibitions To See

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The Loop Hong Kong | Return to Nature at Lévy Gorvy: March 26-May 18

March 11, 2019

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March 11, 2019

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March 10, 2019

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Art.China | LÉVY GORVY香港空间开幕首展"澡雪含章"

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Prestige | Cornering the Market

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