Gagosian Gallery is exhibiting the work of famous Parisian artist, Balthus at their Hong Kong gallery. The exhibition which is curated in collaboration with the artist’s estate features Balthus’s paintings, drawings, and photographs that spans his career, the invasion of France by German forces in 1940 till his death in Rossiniere, Switzerland.
Born in Paris in 1908, Balthus’s was a self-taught artist who published a book of 40 ink drawings at the age of 13. Balthus had an illustrious career, he was appointed director of the French Academy in Rome in 1961. A reclusive painter, he painted pubescent female subjects, interior portraits, street scenes and landscapes in the classic Renaissance style with a modern twist.
Balthus’s first major museum exhibition was at the Museum of Modern Art in 1956. His famous paintings can be found in famous museums all over the world and he has exhibited at Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris (1966); Tate Gallery, London (1968); La Biennale di Venezia (1980); Centre Georges Pompidou, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1983–84)); Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (1984); Hong Kong Museum of Art (1995); Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2001); Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (2014,).
Date: till 15 August 2015
Venue: 7/F Pedder Building
, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2151 0555 www.gagosian.com