TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Jut Foundation for Arts and Architecture (JFAA) opened a retrospective on October 21 in its two venues, inviting the audience to review all the projects the foundation has undertaken in Taipei in the past decade.
The foundation, having its roots in architecture and construction, has sponsored many architects and artists to launch initiatives in different parts of Taipei, where they used the city as a stage or canvas for their artistic creation or for a certain cause.
Su Yao-hua (蘇瑤華), curator for the retrospective “A decade: Our Urban Imagination and Adventure”, emphasized that the exhibition was not meant to show off what the foundation had done to the city or its collaborators.
“It is meant to demonstrate a support system, regardless of its coming from a private institute or the public sector, which is based on dialogue and trust between people in the pursuit of a better tomorrow,” said Su.
The Jut Art Museum presents a large quantity of documents, images, architectural models, and objects to show previous exhibits and behind-the-scene records.
The museum also invited a couple of artists to revisit their past works and add on new ideas and techniques to create new ones for today’s audience.
Taiwanese artist Lin Chuan-chu (林銓居), for example, started a project in 2007 for which he utilized a handwritten letter and a piece of farmland as a channel for a conversation with his son about his hometown and life experience.
"A lot of things had happened in the past ten years", recalled Lin, but “the project was a highlight of my relations with my son.”
The other venue, the U-mkt, is itself an exhibit. Constructed in 1935, the U-mkt was originally a public market.
With the shape of a horseshoe, the market was designated by the city government as a historical building in 2006. The foundation acquired its management afterward and transformed it into a space for exhibitions, coworking, and dining.
The U-mkt exhibits the records of different urban projects conducted by the foundation, including the market itself, from 2009.
"Yet the retrospective is not just about looking back, it is also about looking forward and building a better tomorrow," said Lee Yen-liang (李彥良), director of the foundation.
The retrospective will last until February 25, 2018 and is free of charge. For more information, please visit the website.