The more than
80 colorful artworks
, exhibited for the first time in
, show the mutually inspiring relationship of two important artists of the 20th century. There is only a few months difference between them, and they both embarked on a journey in the 1960s to explore artistic techniques outside their home countries.
While the Eastern artist, who later became famous for his work in copper etching, was more interested in the culture of the West, and moved to Paris to learn all European graphical processes, the Western artist was more intrigued by the Eastern world, and explored the technique of wood carving in Japan. The early works of
are characterized by nonfigurative paintings and architecture, and he was the first European who could employ Japanese wood carving masters.