Gao Xingjian: Inner Vision 2023
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Gao Xingjian: Inner Vision 2023


18 MAY - 31 AUG 2023


Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm; Closed on Sun and Public Holidays


Alisan Fine Arts

Admission :

Free admission

Gao Xingjian: Inner Vision 2023

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the French May Arts Festival, Alisan Fine Arts is honoured to announce its 9th solo exhibition for Gao Xingjian, the first Chinese writer awarded a Nobel Laureate. The French-Chinese author is also a renowned artist and playwright. This is Gao's first solo exhibition after being awarded the Commander of the Legion of Honour in January. Most of the works in this exhibition were created in the last two years and are focused on landscapes. However, Gao's landscape paintings are different from the typical landscape paintings we mostly see. Gao does not portray the reality and perspective of the scene but pursues the changes of light, shadow, and air with various shades of ink on the rice paper. Therefore, whether it is fog, the moonlight, or the wind, the vision appears misty or hazy. The works constitute Gao's inner world, echoing his award-winning novel Soul Mountain.


Born in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province in 1940, Gao began painting at the age of eight. Under the tutelage of his father, he studied painting, sculpture, and calligraphy with the intention of enroling at the National Academy of Fine Arts. However, his family persuaded him to study French at the Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages. After graduation, he worked as a translator whilst continuing to paint and write in Beijing. In 1979, his essays and short stories were first published in literary reviews in mainland China, and in 1981 he published A Preliminary Examination of Modern Fictional Techniques. Though he was officially granted French citizenship in 1998, he became a foremost Chinese émigré novelist and playwright almost immediately after moving to Paris in 1987. In 1992 and 2000 respectively, he was bestowed the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and Légion d’Honneur by the French Government and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. In January 2023, he was awarded Le Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur again.

 1985 Berliner Kunsterhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

1987 Département de la Culture, Lille, France 

1988 L’Office Municipal des Beaux-Arts et de la Culture, Wattrelos, France

1989 Figuration Critique, Grand Palais, Paris, France

1993 Maison de la Culture, Bourges, France

1995 Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

1996 Gao Xingjian, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1997 Schimmel Centre for the Arts, New York, USA

1998 Recent Works by Gao Xingjian, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2002 New Works by Gao Xingjian, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2003 Year of Gao, Marseille, France, featuring his painting, theatre, opera and cinema

2004 Gao Xingjian: Contemplating an Inner Vision, Alisan Fine Arts/Artemis Fine Arts, New York, USA

2005 Encre/Chine: Ink Paintings by Jean Degottex, Gao Xingjian and T’ang Haywen, Le French May, University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2007 Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany

Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

2008 New Works by Gao Xingjian 2007-2008, Le French May, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

Gao Xingjian Festival, featuring ink painting, film, drama, opera, symposium, Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau and Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Museum ZKM, Karlsruher, Germany

2009 Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna Coleccao Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art Contemporain de Liège, Liège, Belgium

2010 Casal Solleric Fondacio Palma Espal d’Art, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2015 Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium 

2016 Gao Xingjian: Layers of Light, Ink in Mind, Le French May, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2017 Gao Xingjian Arts Festival, Taiwan Normal University, Taipei

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