The artists of the Ascher Squares project represent a cross-section of the post war European art community. They were old and young, eminent and emerging, sculptors, painters, and theater designers. They came from England, France, Greece, Spain, America, and Russia. What they shared was a unique inspiration to do something new and different, and bring life back to a war-torn Europe.
In 2011, the Ascher Squares project was reintroduced with two works by Zao Wou-Ki. Among the artists of the World War II generation with whom Zika Ascher collaborated, Zao Wou-Ki was one of the few still living (He passed in 2013). In 1955, Zao Wou-Ki was the very last artist to produce an Ascher Square. The two new designs he created, provide a fascinating contrast to the works the he created than, and allow the viewer insight into the progression of his work over the course of his career. It is fitting that Zao Wou-Ki provide the foundation for future collaborations, as it allows the Ascher Squares series to resume some 56 years later uninterrupted.
"A scarf is admittedly, not a tapestry, not a dress; it is a mere square of silk or some other material intended to be worn around the head. But it can be treated as a work of art. It can be collected like a rare book or print. By slow degrees, a whole repertory of designs has been assembled, commissioned from nearly every modern painter of eminence but including, too many names yet unknown to the public. It is no little achievement, in itself, to have approached successfully so many different artists. But, in the result, something like a revolution has been accomplished in industrial design, and it must be the subject of congratulation that this has taken place in England.”
"Not a few of these Ascher scarves, will be framed upon the walls a hundred years from now, for they are among the best and most characteristic products of our day.”
- Sacheverell Sitwell, 1947