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Chu Teh-Chun


Chu Teh-Chun (朱德群) was born in 1920 in Baitou Zen in the province of Jiangsu. Born into an educated family, he studied calligraphy from an early age. He was accepted into the National School of Fine Arts in Hangzhou in 1935, where he followed the teachings of Western art masters such as Lin Fengmian and Wu Dayu. During this period, he trained in oil painting and discovered Impressionism. In 1948, after years of exile related to Sino-Japanese war, Chu Teh Chun relocated to Taipei where he taught art at the National University. Opening up new avenues, his influence would be crucial to his young students looking for something new. He set sail for Europe in the mid-50s and settled in Paris. He found a new approach in the Parisian abstract painting movement which allowed him to retain nature as his primary source of inspiration. With neither disconnection nor duality, he delivers the right balance between the languages of the East and the West. His work is displayed in numerous exhibitions in museums worldwide.

Personal exhibitions

2014 – Chu Teh-Chun, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York, United States.
2013 – Colors/Forms: Chu Teh-Chun, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung, Taiwan.
2013 – Chu Teh-Chun: Les chemins de l’abstraction, Pinacothèque de Paris, Paris, France.
2012 – Chu Teh-Chun: Nature in Abstraction, de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong, China.
2011 – Chu Teh-Chun: Process and Transformation, FEAST Projects, Hong Kong, China.
2010 – Chu Teh-Chun, Retrospective, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China.
2010 – Of Snow, Gold and Sky Blue: Hand-painted Ceramics and Calligraphy by Chu Teh-Chun, Macau
Museum of Art, Macau, China.
2009 – Musée des Beaux-Arts de Suzhou, Suzhou, China.
2009 – Chu Teh-Chun, De neige, d’or et d’azur, Musée Guimet, Paris , France.
2009 – Chu Teh-Chun, Marlborough Fine Art, London, England.
2008 – Chu Teh-Chun: works on paper, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, United States.
2008 – Chu Teh-chun 88 Retrospective, National History Museum of Art, Taipei, Taiwan.
2007 – Chu Teh-Chun: Pintura reciente, Marlborough Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
2007 – Royal Ueno Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2006 – Galerie Art Pagés , Baden-Baden, Germany.
2006 – Multiples, J. Bastien Art, Brussels, Belgium.
2006 – Chu Teh-Chun, Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France.
2006 – Peintures à l’huile, J. Bastien Art, Brussels, Belgium.
2006 – Chu Teh-Chun: Paintings, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York, United States.
2005 – Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
2005 – Impression Art Gallery, Taipei, China.
2005 – La Nature Transfigurée, Museum of Guéthary, Guéthary, France.
2005 – La Légèreté de L’Espace, J. Bastien-Art, Brussels, Belgium.
2005 – Chu Teh-Chun, peintre, Maison Elsa Triolet-Aragon, Yvelines, France.
2005 – L’Image Intérieure Atteint sa Plénitude dans l’Abstraction, The Museum of Fine Arts, Shanghai, China.
2005 – Arsenal de Metz, Metz, France.
2004 – Moulin de Lamouray, Jouy, France.
2004 – Galerie Artrium, Geneva, Switzerland.
2004 – Chu Teh-Chun, Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France.
2004 – Chu Teh-Chun: Large Gestures (Paintings), Macau Museum of Art, Macau, China.
2004 – Galerie Artrium à l’UBS, Zurich, Switzerland.
2004 – Musée des Beaux-Arts de l’Universite de Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
2004 – Chu The-Chun: paysagisme des songes, Espace Miramar, Cannes, France.
2003 – Inauguration and Symphony Festival at Shanghai Opera, Shanghai Opera, Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China.
2003 – Listen to the Universe, Jung Yi University, Taichung, Taiwan.
2003 – Exposition à Châtillon-en-Diois, Drôme, France.
2003 – Exposition de peintures sur céramique, Galerie de la Bouquinerie de l’Institut, Paris, France.
2003 – Première présentation publique de Symphonie Festive au Palais Garnier, Palais Garnier, Paris, France.
2002 – Galerie Darga, Bali, Indonesia.
2002 – Exhibition of Lithographs, Angel Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.
2001 – Museum of Art, Guang Dong, China.
2001 – Galerie municipale d’Archeil, Archeil, France.
2000 – Chu Teh-Chun: Paintings, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, China.
2000 – Chu Teh-Chun. Peintures, Hôtel de Ville, Sochaux, France.
1999 – Chu Teh-Chun: Poetry and Music, Alisan Fine Arts Ltd., Hong Kong, China.
1999 – Chu Teh-Chun: Recent Works, Galerie Milstain, Brussels, Belgium.
1999 – Chu Teh-Chun: Œuvres récentes, Villa Tamaris, La Seyne-sur-Mer, France.
1998 – Ecstatic Depths: Recent Paintings 1986-1996, The Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan.
1998 – Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France.
1998 – Château Haut-Gléon, Villesèque-des-Corbières, France.
1998 – Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France.
1998 – Importrant Works of Chu Teh-Chun: The 50’s in Taichung, New Vision Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan.
1998 – Salons du Palais des Consuls, Rouen, France.
1998 – Galerie Espace 061, Art Contemporain, Paris, France.
1997 – First Traveling Exhibition in the Far East, French Association for Artistic Action (AFAA), Arts Palace, Beijing, China.
1997 – Bouquinerie de L’Institut, Paris, France.1997 Galerie Alisan Fine Arts Ltd., Hong Kong, China.
1996 – Galerie Moly, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
1995 – Primal Signs, Stratford Gallery, Stratford, Canada.
1995 – Galerie Régis Dorval, Le Touquet, France.
1995 – Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada.
1994 – Dimensions Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan.
1994 – Dimensions Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
1994 – Dimensions Art Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
1994 – Trésor Singapore 1994, Soobin Art Gallery, Singapore, Singapore.
1994 – Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France.
1994 – Musée Amérindien de Pointe Blueu, Quebec, Canada. Traveled to traveled to the Musée d’Art de
– Juliette, Juliette, Quebec, Canada; Maison de la Culture Mercier, Montreal, Canada
1994 – Galerie Municipale, Vitry sur Seine, France.
1994 – Dimensions Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
1994 – Treffpunkt Kunst, Musée Ludwig, Sarrelouis, Germany.
1993 – Galerie Protée, Toulouse, France.
1993 – Galerie Régis Dorval, Le Touquet, France.
1993 – Dimensions Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan.
1993 – Dimensions Art Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
1992 – Primal Signs, Palais Montcalm, Quebec, Canada.
1992 – Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taipei, Taiwan.
1992 – Art Bartschi Compagnie, Galerie du Château, Geneva, Switzerland.
1992 – Work from the 60’s, Galerie Arlette Gimaray, Paris, France.
1991 – Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France.
1991 – Galerie Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
1991 – Musée d’Art Contemporain, Dunkerque, France.
1990 – Pyramide Pernod, Créteil, France.
1990 – Galerie Régis Dorval, Le Touquet, France.
1990 – Galerie Hélène Trintignant, Montpellier, France.
1990 – Galerie Bellecour, Lyon, France.
1989 – Galerie Arlette Gimaray, Paris, France.
1989 – Galerie Gabrielle, Strasbourg, France.
1989 – Galerie Artlo, Toulouse, France.
1989 – Galerie Sylvie Lanel, Honfleur, France.
1988 – Galerie Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
1988 – Galerie Régis Dorval, Le Touquet, France.
1988 – Galerie Septentrion, Marcq-en Baroeul, France
1988 – Musée des Arts, Taichung, Taiwan.
1988 – Musée d’Art Moderne, Liège, Belgium.
1987 – King Ling Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
1987 – Galerie Triform, Taipei, Taiwan.
1987 – Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
1987 – Retrospective, Museum of National History, Taipei, Taiwan.
1987 – Galerie Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
1986 – Galerie Hélène Trintignant, Montpellier, France.
1986 – Centre d’Arts et Loisirs, Privas, France.
1986 – Galerie Bellecour, Lyon, France.
1986 – Galerie Bernard Jagot, Saint-Nazaire, France.
1986 – The Hong Kong Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Culture, Hong Kong, China.
1985 – Maison des Arts et Loisirs, Sochaux, France.
1985 – 5 abstraits en 1985, Galerie Pierre Hubert, Geneva, Switzerland.
1985 – Galerie Suzanne Pons, Cannes, France.
1985 – Centre Culturel Municipal, Gentilly, France.
1985 – Galerie Bellint, Paris, France.
1984 – Théâtre municipal, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.
1983 – Galerie Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
1982 – Rétrospective de peintures et dessins de 1955 à 1982, Musée des Beaux Arts André Malraux, Le Havre, France.
1982 – Maison de la Culture, Nantes, France.
1980 – Galerie Arts et Lettres, Saint-Nazaire, France.
1980 – Syn’Art, Paris, France.
1979 – Galerie France, Bordeaux, France.
1979 – Galerie Suillerot, Paris, France.
1979 – Galerie Musée de Poche, Paris, France.
1978 – Maison de la Culture, Saint-Etienne, France.
1978 – Paul Bruck Gallery, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
1978 – Galerie San Carlo, Naples, Italy.
1977 – Retrospective, Maison de la Culture of Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France.
1977 – Antiope Gallery, Sorrento, Italy.
1977 – Mikeldi Gallery, Bilbao, Spain.
1975 – Galerie Sagittaire, Annemasse, France.
1974 – Galerie Soleil, Paris, France.
1973 – Galerie Horn, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
1972 – Mikeldi Gallery, Bilbao, Spain.
1972 – Galerie Die Dritte Welt, Munich, Germany.
1970 – Galerie Royal Luxembourg, Nice, France.
1969 – La Galerie Henri Gregoire, Marseilles, France.
1969 – Tenth São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil.
1969 – La Galerie Roger Le Grall, Paris, France.
1968 – Latzer Gallery, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland.
1967 – Galerie L’Art et la View, Lyon, France.
1967 – Latzer Gallery, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland.
1967 – La Galerie Raber, Lucerne, Switzerland.
1967 – La Galerie de L’Université de Paris, Paris, France.
1965 – Latzer Gallery, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland.
1965 – La Galerie de L’Universite of Paris, Paris, France.
1965 – L’art au Village, Saint-Jeoire en Faucigny, Haute Savoie, France.
1963 – Galerie Legendre, Paris, France.
1962 – Galerie Legendre, Paris, France.
1962 – Galerie Baier, Mayence, France.
1960 – Galerie Legendre, Paris, France.
1958 – Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris, France.
1954 – Zhongshan-Tang, Taipei, Taiwan.

Public exhibitions

Société Corima, Paris, France

Shanghai Opera House, Shanghai, China

Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China

Présidence de la Société des Eaux, Marseilles, France

Présidence de la CFDT, Paris, France

National Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh

National Library, Bogotá, Colombia

Musée Hyacinthe Rigaud, Perpignan, France

Musée des beaux-arts André Malraux, Le Havre, France

Musée de Pierrefeu, Nice, France

Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

Musée d’art contemporain de la Ville de Liége, Liége, France

Musée d’art contemporain, Dunkerque, France

Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France

Musée Bertrand, Châteauroux, France

Maison de la Culture de la Société des Eaux, Marseilles, France

Mairie de Sochaux: M.A.I.S., Sochaux, France

Mairie de la Ville Vitry-sur-Seine, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

Guangdong Museum of Art, Canton, China

Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Fondation Septentrion, Marcq-en-Barceul, France

Fonds du Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bourg-en-Bresse, Bourg-en-Bresse, France

Fonds départmental d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Val-de-Marne, France

Direction du Centre hospitalier de Bunet, Toulon, France

Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris, France

Selected works