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Exhibit commemorating murdered Taiwan painter to tour East Asia (update)

Exhibit commemorating murdered Taiwan painter to tour East Asia (update)

Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) An exhibition commemorating the 120th birthday of Chen Cheng-po, a renowned Taiwanese painter killed during a 1947 uprising in Taiwan, will tour Taiwan, China and Japan beginning in January. The first leg of the exhibition will open in Tainan in southern Taiwan on Jan. 18 and then head to Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo before returning to Taipei, according to the Tainan City Cultural Affairs Bureau. The exhibition will feature over 460 oil and water paintings, calligraphies and sketches by the painter, as well as his letters, manuscripts and personal belongings. Chen Li-po, executive director of the Chen Cheng Po Cultural Foundation and the painter's grandson, said organizing the exhibition tour was a way to reflect on the life of his grandfather, who had traveled extensively "at a time when telephones and airplanes were rare." "We don't want him to be confined to Taiwan," Chen told CNA Tuesday, adding that he hopes his grandfather's artworks would gain wider exposure in East Asia.
Born in 1895, Chen Cheng-po is often described as a pioneer in the development of modern art in Taiwan. In 1924, he went to Japan to study at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (now Tokyo University of the Arts) and became the first Taiwanese artist to have his work featured in the Imperial Art Exhibition, a prestigious art exhibition in Japan at the time. The painter was shot dead in public in March 1947 during the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT's) brutal crackdown on anti-government uprisings in Taiwan that began on Feb. 28, 1947 -- 16 months after Japanese colonial rule of the island ended. Chen was selected as one of six representatives in Chiayi City to hold peace talks with the KMT, but instead was captured and executed in public two weeks later at a train station in the city. According to some estimates, tens of thousands of Taiwanese, many of them among the country's intellectual elite, are believed to have been killed by the KMT during the 228 Incident. The exhibition is being jointly organized by the Tainan City government, Academia Sinica's Institute of Taiwan History and the Chen Cheng Po Cultural Foundation. Chen Li-po said his foundation worked with Japanese and Chinese professors on the study and repair of his grandfather's works over the years, and hopes that more scholars would join the effort. "In addition to showing his work to more people in East Asia, we also hope to inspire more research through the exhibition," Chen said. The exhibition will be held in Tainan from Jan. 18 to March 30 at the Xinying Cutural Center, Tainan Municipal Cultural Center, National Museum of Taiwan Literature and Koxinga Museum. It will then run from April 22 to May 21 at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing; from May to July (dates to be announced) at the China Art Museum in Shanghai; from Sept. 12 to Oct. 26 at Tokyo University of the Arts; and from November to February 2015 at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-07-30 03:02 GMT+08:00