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ZAO WOU-KI AT THE PIERRE GIANADDA FOUNDATION: THE CHALLENGE

ZAO WOU-KI AT THE PIERRE GIANADDA FOUNDATION: THE CHALLENGE

Expositions Natural Le Coultre is pleased to have had the opportunity to put on the first Zao Wou-Ki retrospective in Switzerland. Some 50 paintings and 30 paper-based works from Switzerland, France, Belgium and Taiwan, including a magnificent collection of large-format creations, will be on display to the public at the Pierre Gianadda Foundation in Martigny, Switzerland, until 12 June 2016.

Setting it up was fairly routine, nothing too complicated – except for a single, 5.25-metre piece from France packed in a crate almost 7 metres long and weighing 490 kilos.

So what was the problem? Getting it into the exhibition hall! The only feasible route was through the museum bookshop, which had to be taken apart entirely, including the bookshelf lights and a part of the ceiling. Once the furniture had been removed, it was time to unpack the painting in a room measuring approximately 7 by 2.5 metres. The next step was to transport the artwork to its spot in the exhibition hall. There was just one last challenge: we had to turn a sharp corner into a very narrow corridor.

In the end, some ten people laboured for over two hours, unpacking the painting and moving it, centimetre by painstaking centimetre, to its final location. You can imagine the sigh of relief when it was finally installed! The whole endeavour was a textbook example of how to handle artwork. The mood was almost palpable as the tension melted away.

Ah, yes! I forgot to mention one detail. The painting will have to be removed on 12 June 2016 through that very same bookshop…

P. Knecht, Managing Director, Exhibitions
Expositions Natural Le Coultre, Geneva

ZAO WOU-Ki - Fondation Pierre Gianadda