This comparative chronology contextualizes T'ang's life and work.
It allows us to take the measures of his detachments and the originality of his journey as a free painter and as a traveler.





A painting of Frans Hals sold by Sotheby's in 2011 is reassessed as a fake. Artnet.com first issues on "The Year of the Fake" - a report on the forgeries which rocked the artworld in 2016. Donald Trump is elected as the US President.

Authentication in Art congress in The Hague, Netherlands: T'ang Haywen Archives gives a speech on Expertise of the Signatures of Chinese Modern Painter T’ang Haywen 曾海文


Art & Culture exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass, curated by Andrew Bolton opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Establishment of T'ang Haywen Archives, as a registered Hong Kong Society. Solo exhibition at Christie's Hong Kong: Works from 1960s to 70s. The M+ Museum acquires an important ink on cotton canvas painting by T'ang, executed in 1964-1966, at a record price at auction (Sotheby's Boundless).


Umbrella Movement - massive protests in Hong Kong.

Exhibition at De Sarthe Gallery in Hong Kong: T'ang Haywen, the Colours of Ink & Pioneers of Modern Chinese Painting in Paris. The M+ Museum in Hong Kong acquires a painting of T'ang, Birth of the Dragon. Record price at Christie's Hong Kong auction for an oil painting by T'ang circa 1975.


Art Basel launches its first fair in Hong Kong. Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China exhibition in Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

T'ang Haywen - A Modern Chinese Painter, exhibition at Art Basel Hong Kong by FEAST Projects.


Swiss art collector Uli Sigg donates a large part of his collection of Chinese contemporary art to M+ Museum in Hong Kong.


Exhibition of The Forbidden City at the Louvre, Emperors of China & Kings of France at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

Exhibition T'ang Haywen, Inks & Watercolours at Yishu 8 art gallery, Beijing, China.


Paintings of Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani... are stolen from Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.


UNESCO launches the World Digital Library.


Barack Obama is elected as the 44th President of the United States. Summer Olympic Games takes place in Beijing, China.


52th Venice Biennale.

Exhibition at Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Budapest, Hungary, Ink and Tao: T'ang Haywen.


400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt.

Exhibition at Saint Louis de France Cultural Centre, Rome, Italy. – L'Ultimo Viaggio (The Last Journey)


The World Trade Organization Conference takes place in Hong Kong.

Exhibition Encre/Chine: Inks by Jean Degottex, Gao Xingjian and T'ang Haywen at University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong.


George W. Bush is re-elected as US President.


The World Health Organization issues a global alert on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Chine closes its border and airports.


Frida, a biopic of painter Frida Kahlo premières at the Venice International Film Festival. Banksy creates Balloon Girl.

Retrospective Paths of Ink at Guimet Museum, Paris. Publication of monograph Paths of Ink. Exhibition at Shiseido Gallery of Shiseido Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. Publication of The Dream of Ximei, a tale by Jean-Paul Desroches illustrated by T'ang.


9/11 terrorist attack in New York City, 3000 people die and an estimated $100 million worth of art is destroyed.


The Tate Modern opens in London.


Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper is placed back on display in Milan, Italy after two decades of restoration. The restoration of Sistine Chapel frescoes is completed in the Vatican City.

Exhibition Masters of Ink: Chang Dai Chien, T'ang Haywen and Zao Wou-Ki at the Pontoise Museum, France.


The new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok opens, while the old Kai Tak Airport closes.

Exhibition at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong & HO Gallery in New York.


Sovereignty over Hong Kong is transferred to China from the United Kingdom. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, is opened.

Retrospective exhibition The Tao of Painting at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.


Vietnamese boat people in Hong Kong stage a protest due to their forced repatriation.

Retrospective exhibition The Tao of Painting at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco. Participation in Tradition and Innovation, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Singapore Museum of Art, British Museum, Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne, Germany.


Jacques Chirac is elected President of France. English painter Lucian Freud paints Benefits Supervisor Sleeping.

Two works are exhibited in Empire of the Dragons, exhibition at Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark.


The Scream painted by Edvard Munch is stolen in Oslo. Kurt Cobain commits suicide. Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president.


Bill Clinton becomes the US President. Paul Cézanne still life painting Les Grosses Pommes sells for record breaking price in New York.

Last dispersion of the works of T'ang Haywen. First exhibition following the death of T'ang at the HO gallery, Hong Kong.


Exhibition of Young British Artists at Saatchi Gallery in London, the acronym term YBA starts to prevail and designates a new group in contemporary art history.

The French public administration (Administration des Domaines) orders the sale at auction of all the belongings of T'ang. This includes a large number of artworks. Four dispersions are organized. Three in 1992, one in 1993.


Basketball player Magic Johnson announces he has HIV. Damien Hirst creates The Physical Impossibility of death in the Mind of Someone Living.

Hong Kong film director Yonfan Manshih shoots T'ang's last known portrait. T'ang is hospitalized at Saint Joseph Hospital in Paris and is diagnosed with AIDS. He dies on 9th of September of respiratory complications at the age of 64.


Reunification of Germany. The largest Art Theft in US history: 13 artworks worth over $500 million are stolen from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Travels to the city of Kutaisi in Georgia; exhibits in Brussels, Belgium. T'ang's health deteriorates.


Tiananmen Square incident in China, triggered by the death Hu Yaobang. Berlin Wall falls.

Six months after the Tiananmen Square incident, the painting of T'ang Birth of the Dragon is exhibited at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris during the exhibition Tian An Men Je n'oublie pas.


National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in West District, Taichung City opens. François Mitterrand is re-elected as President of France.

Misses the invitation to exhibit in China-Paris show at Taipei Fine Art Museum; exhibits in Switzerland; Saulgau in Germany & Pont-Aven in France.


Musée d'art moderne (Saint-Étienne) opens in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. Van Gogh's Sunflowers and Irises sell for record high prices. The Last Emperor directed by Bernardo Bertolucci premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival.

Exhibits at House of Latin America in Paris, France & Orangerie de Landecy in Genève, Switzerland.


Musée d'Orsay opens in Paris. Gilbert and George win Turner Prize. Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India. Oprah Winfrey Show is first broadcast nationally in the US.

Exhibits at Galerie Nane Stern in Paris, France and in Kulturzentrum in Bottrop-Oberhausen in Germany.


Charity single We Are the World is recorded for Africa. Mickey Mouse is welcomed in China. Wreck of the Titanic found.

Exhibits at Burgerzentrum, castle of Borbeck, Essen in Germany.


Signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, agreement on the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. US President Ronald Reagan visits China. Prince release his album Purple Rain. Japan beats US for Olympic gold medal in baseball.

T'ang is baptized in the Catholic faith under the name François; and naturalized French. Travels to Japan with his curator friend Jean-Paul Desroches. Illustrations for The Dream of Ximei, a tale by Desroches. Exhibits at Musée des beaux arts du Château de Vitré & Musée des beaux arts de Vannes in France.


Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle unveil Stravinsky Fountain near Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Mugged in a New York street. Exhibits at National Academy of Science in Washington, USA; Musée des beaux arts Ernest Rupin in Brive & Musée des beaux arts de Quimper, both in France.


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial movie directed by Steven Spielberg is released. Michael Jackson releases his album Thriller.

Exhibits at Galerie Nane Stern in Paris, France; & Galerie Gisèle Linder in Basel, Switzerland.


François Mitterrand becomes President of France. According to the will of Picasso, Guernica is returned to Madrid from New York. China Daily is founded. Beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

Exhibits in Augsburg in Germany; Graulhet in France; & New York, U.S.A.


John Lennon is assassinated. Ronald Reagan is elected as the US President. CNN (The Cable News Network) is founded in the US.

Exhibits at Musée des Ponchettes in Nice, France.


US and China establish diplomatic relations. One Child Policy is implemented in China. Sino-Vietnamese War begins. The Xing Xing ("Star Group") of Chinese avant-garde artists stage an illegal exhibition outside the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, it marks the birth of Chinese Contemporary Art.

Exhibits at Musée Savoisien, Chambéry, France; Galerie 21 in Zurich, Switzerland; Galerie Jacques Davidson in Tours, France & Galerie Daniel Abras in Brussels, Belgium.


China and Japan sign peace treaty.

Exhibits at Galerie Nane Stern, Paris, France.


Jimmy Carter becomes US President. The Star Wars movie is released and creates a global pop culture phenomenon.

Exhibits at Galerie du Manoir, La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland.


Death of Mao Zedong. End of the Cultural Revolution in China. Tangshan earthquake in China kills over 240,000. North & South Vietnam join to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Apple computer is founded.

Exhibits at Jacques Baruch Gallery, Chicago, USA.


Rembrandt's painting The Night Watch is being attacked and slashed at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Holland. Fall of Saigon, Vietnam. Microsoft is founded.

Exhibits at Galerie Nane Stern in Paris, France; Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England; & Galleria Costellazione in Genoa, Italy.


Terracotta Army is discovered in China.

Exhibits at Ellingham Mill Art Society; Norfolk Museum, England; Kunstgarten, Skorby, Denmark & Galeria Tonino di Campione, Campione in Italy.


US President Richard Nixon announces "Peace with honour" for Vietnam.

Collaborates with Tom Tam, for short film T'ang Boogie, first "film d'artiste" by a modern Chinese painter. Exhibits at Galerie de l'Armitière, Rouen, France.


US President Richard Nixon visits China. BBC Television broadcast the art series programme Ways of Seeing. The Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola premieres in New York City.

Visits India and resides with his friend the Maharani of Porbandar. Meets a filmmaker Tom Tam in Goa. Exhibits at l'Abbaye de Ste Croix, Sables d'Olonne, France; Galleria d'Arte San Luca, Bologne, Italy; & Galerie Jacques Davidson in Tours, France.


Construction of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris begins. The United Nations General Assembly admits the People's Republic of China. Taiwan leaves the UN.

Exhibits at Galleria del Vantaggio in Rome, Italy.


First edition of Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. The Beatles splits.

Exhibits at Roland, Browse & Delbanco Gallery in London.


American astronaut Neil Armstrong walks on the moon. David Bowie release Space Oddity. The first Woodstock Festival. Massive anti Vietnam war demonstrations in the US.

Paul Mellon, the great American art collector and philanthropist shows a keen interest in the works of T'ang.


Martin Luther King is assassinated. Prague Spring. Massive protests and strikes in France. Stanley Kubrick's 2001 Space Odyssey is released.

Paints an Homage to Gauguin - Where do we come from?. Exhibits in France, Switzerland, Spain and Italy. Adopts the diptych format which becomes "his format", no other painter in art history has systematically used - as T'ang - this format.


The European Communities is created.

Meets with Balthus at Villa Medici in Rome. Guest at La Rossinière, the residence of Balthus in Switzerland.


Start of the Cultural Revolution in China. English musician David Bowie releases his 1st single Can't Help Thinking About Me. Flood of the Arno in Florence, Italy, destroyed numerous artworks and books.

Most of the works he created and left in San Francisco are destroyed in a huge fire. Exhibits at Galerie Schmitt in Metz, France.


US sends troops to Vietnam. American Artist Donald Judd starts his minimalistic "specific objects" creation.

Stay several months in the US, lives and paints in a friend's house overlooking the bay of San Francisco. Exhibits in the US, France, Sweden and Norway.


France and China establish diplomatic relations. The Beatles become popular in the US.

Paints an Homage to Cézanne. Exhibits at Galerie Welter & Mairie de Saint Valérie en Caux in France.


Martin Luther King delivers his I Have a Dream speech. US President JF Kennedy is assisnated.

Exhibits at Galerie Raymond Creuze, Paris, France; & Alaska Methodist University, Anchorage, USA.


National Art Museum of China opens in Beijing. Andy Warhol exhibits his Campbell's Soup Can. The Beatles release their 1st record Love Me Do. The first James Bond movie Dr. No premieres in London.

Exhibits at Galerie La Boîte à Livres, Tours, France.


Berlin Wall is built.

Exhibits at Galerie Talleyrand, Reims, France.


In France artistic movement Nouveau Réalisme begins. Release of the film Breathless directed by Jean-Luc Godard the Pope of the New Wave.

Exhibits at Bradtke Gallery in Luxembourg, Galerie 7 in Poitiers & Galerie Saint Ferdinand Pimlico in Paris, France.


The Sound of Music opens on broadway. The Cuban Revolution. Dalai Lama flees to India. Liu Shaoqi becomes the President of the People's Republic of China.

Exhibits at Musée de Montréal in Canada; Musée des Oudaias de Rabat and School of Fine Arts in Casablanca, Morocco. Settles in a modest flat near Montparnasse in 43 Rue Liancourt in Paris.


Chinese leader Mao Zedong launches the "Great Leap Forward" movement in China. NASA is founded.

T'ang announces to his family his decision to be a painter. Exhibits in Morocco.


The Lady of the Camellias premieres in Beijing, the first western opera to be presented in China.


Shanghai Art Museum opens.

Exhibits at Galerie Belvédère in Hergiswill am See, Lucerne, Switzerland.


American artist Jasper Johns paints Flag. Movie The Seven Year Itch premières in New York.

Exhibits at Galerie Voyelles in Paris, France.


French painter Henri Matisse & sculptor René Iché pass away.

T'ang joins the Ancient Drama Group of Sorbonne University, performs in Freiburg, Germany as the corypheus in The Persians of Aeschylus.


Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey. Francis Bacon paints Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X.


Musical Singing in the Rain is released.


Korean War. Picasso paints Massacre in Korea.


Russian painter Vladimir Tretchikoff paints Chinese Girl, popularly known as "The Green Lady".


Mao Zedong proclaims the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Germany was divided into West Germany and East Germany.

T'ang obtains a French civilization diploma.


Gandhi is assassinated.

T'ang arrives in Paris, lives on Rue des St Pères; starts travelling and following drawing lessons at l'Académie de la Grande Chaumière.


French fashion designer Christian Dior introduces the "New Look" in women's fashion in Paris. American business magnate and philanthropist John D Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the United Nations.


British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives his "Iron Curtain" speech, beginning of Cold War.

T'ang adopts the pen name Hai-Wen, which he writes Haywen.


Atomic Bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagazaki, Japan. End of the 2nd World War. United Nations is founded.


Casablanca wins the 16th Academy Awards. Gandhi freed from prison.


Continuation of the 1942 famine in China.


Mao Zedong gives his speech at the Yan'an Forum on literature and art. American painter Edward Hopper paints Nighthawks.


Pacific War begins. Chinese Civil War resumes. National Gallery of Art opens in Washington D.C.


Spanish artist Salvador Dalí paints The Face of War.


World War 2 begins. Chinese painter Xu Bei-Hong paints Put Down Your Whip.


The Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht) in Germany.


Japan invades China, 2nd Sino-Japanese War begins. The Golden Gate Bridge is completed in San Francisco. Picasso paints Guernica.

T'ang moves to Saigon, Vietnam with his family due to the war in China.


English comic actor Charles Chaplin directs film Modern Time. Spanish Civil War begins.


The Eastman Kodak Company introduces the first colour film "Kodachrome".


Mao Zedong leads the "Long March".


Formation of the "Chinese Students Art Association" in Paris, France.


Establishment of Manchukuo, a puppet state of Imperial Japan, in the North of China.


Japan invades China, 1st Sino-Japanese War begins. Empire State Building completed.


Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong writes A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire. The comic strip Mickey Mouse first appears.


Stock market crashes, beginning of the Great Depression. Museum of Modern Arts (MOMA) opens in New York City, exhibits the works of Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat and van Gogh.


Chinese educator Cai Yuanpei founded the National Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, painter Lin Feng Mien is appointed as the president. Chiang Kai-Shek becomes Director of the State Council of China.


First Phase of Chinese Civil War begins (1927 - 1937). Golden age of Parisian influence on Chinese art (1927-1937).

T'ang is born in Amoy (Xiamen), Fujian Province, China


French painter Claude Monet dies. Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí dies without having finished the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Film maker Fritz Lang directs Metropolis.


The 1st issue of New Yorker magazine, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, and Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler are published.


French writer André Breton publishes the first Surrealist Manifesto.


French painter Henri Matisse paints Odalisque with Raised Arms.


BBC is founded, begins radio broadcast.


Communist Party of China is established.


Chinese female writer Eileen Chang is born in Shanghai.


Treaty of Versailles is signed in France, Germany renounces, in favour of Japan, all its rights, titles and privileges in China; preparing the conditions for the outbreak of the Second War World. Rodin Museum opens in Paris.


End of First World War.


Satie / Massine / Picasso's ballet Parade premieres in Paris. Marcel Duchamp creates the Fountain. Beginning of Dadaism. French sculptor Auguste Rodin dies.


Modigliani paints A Reclining Nude.


Japan claims economic control of China.


First World War begins. French painter Claude Monet starts painting the water lilies series.


New York Armory Show, the first large exhibition of modern art in America, introduces Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and Henri Matisse to the US. Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is premiered in Paris, France.


End of Qing dynasty in China. The first Republic of China is established by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.