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Court to judge Chinese artist’s Swiss move

The French judiciary will make a ruling in a family feud over elderly Chinese-French abstract painter Zao Wou-ki after an appeals court decided a power-of-attorney case could be heard in France.

Court to judge Chinese artist's Swiss move
Zao Wou-ki in front of one of his works (Photo: Pantalaskas)

The Paris appeals court ruled last week that it is within the jurisdiction of French judges to rule on a case brought by the artist's son, overturning a previous ruling in May.
 
Zao, who is 92 and has suffered from Alzheimer's disease since at least 2005, is at the centre of a bitter legal battle between his third wife and his son from a previous marriage.

The son, Jia-Ling Zhao, is seeking to obtain power of attorney over his father in the French courts, claiming he was moved to Switzerland in 2011 against his will.

Zao's wife, Francoise Marquet, a former curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, said she had moved the artist to Switzerland because the country offered the best environment for his health and for preserving his assets.

But Zhao asserts the move is based on his mother-in-law's efforts to control the artist's inheritance, including potentially millions of francs worth of works in his personal collection.

Through the Swiss courts, Marquet has secured joint power of attorney over her husband and his estate along with a Swiss national, Marc Bonnant.

Zhao has also filed a criminal complaint against his mother-in-law in France for allegedly abusing a person weakened by illness.

Police have opened a preliminary investigation.

The Beijing-born Zao, considered one of the greatest living Chinese artists, left China for Paris before the Communist Party took over the country and has been a French citizen since 1964.

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Art project shows the scope of Switzerland’s extraordinary glacier loss

An art project has shed light on the sheer scope of Switzerland’s glacier loss in recent years due to climate change.

Art project shows the scope of Switzerland’s extraordinary glacier loss
Photo: Studio Oefner/ETH Zurich

The project looks to “visualise 140 years of glacial retreat through an interactive network”. 

READ: Swiss glaciers shrink ten percent in five years 

The project is led by Swiss artist Fabian Oefner, who has reproduced the receding glaciers using neon lines which contrast with images of the glaciers as they currently stand. 

In a collaboration with with Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and Google mapped the shrinking glaciers over time. 

READ: Swiss 'glacier initiative' collects 120,000 signatures 

“Im interested in the concept of time and how change shapes the way we see reality”, Oefner says. 

Using drones equipped with LEDs, Oefner used real representations of glacial loss as the frame for the project. 

“I looked at maps where you could see the glacier in its current state and dozens of lines drawn on the map in front of it. Each of these lines represented where the glacier was in the past few decades,” Oefner said. 

“I wanted to find a way to transport the scientific data and bring it into reality”. 

 

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