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National Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院 (No. 221 Chih-shan Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei台北市至善路二段221號; Arts from the Ch’ing Imperial Collection is on display at gallery 106. In this permanent exhibit, display contents are divided into two major parts: Curio boxes that symbolize the richness and diversity of the Ch’ing collection and at the same time exemplify the depth of culture and subtle aesthetics of daily life; and a more material-based presentation offering an assorted selection of objects that embodies the Chinese yearnings for inheritance and views emphasizing the transmission of collected works. The reason for choosing this type of object is that curio boxes best symbolize the richness and diversity of the Ch’ing collection and at the same time exemplify the depth of culture and subtle aesthetics of daily life, offering viewers now (as in the past) an exciting and pleasurable experience. The second part is a more material-based presentation offering an assorted selection of objects that embodies the Chinese yearnings for inheritance and views emphasizing the transmission of collected works. It also deals with the origins of the Ch’ing court collection, conservation methods used, and various ways of attaching new meaning to collection objects. Success in the Imperial Examinations: Highlights of Ch’ing Historical Documents is on display at gallery 103 until October 31. Practiced more than a thousand years, traditional Chinese imperial examination system came to an end in 1904 with the education reforms as part of modernization efforts at the end of the Ch’ing dynasty. Splendors of Ch’ing Furniture (1800-1911) is on display at gallery 108: This permanent exhibit demonstrates furniture as an art form combining both aesthetic with pragmatic qualities. Like the features of one’s face, once the location and features of the eyes and mouth have been established, a whole range of beauty, expression, and emotion becomes possible within a limited space. The development of Chinese furniture reached its apex approximately between the 15th and 17th centuries. At that time, carpenters used such hardwoods as “tzu-t’an” (red sandalwood) and “huang-hua-li” (rosewood) because of their firm texture and fine grain. Taking into consideration the taste of scholars, craftsmen designed forms and structures that emulated the graceful contours of calligraphic strokes. Hence, so-called “Ming-style furniture” gradually emerged with a simple yet elegantly succinct style along with a sense of strong charm in its graceful beauty. In the 18th century, following an upsurge in demand for furniture by the court, imperial taste increasingly drove the style of furniture to become somewhat more dignified and majestic, even luxurious and opulent in presentation. Exhibition in Memory of Mr. Lin Tsung-i’s Donations of Painting and Calligraphy is on display at gallery 204 and 206 until September 25. On works of painting and calligraphy, he impressed such seals as “Hall of Calm”, “Studio Drawing from Antiquity”, and “Pavilion of Greeting Blue-green (Hills)”, names referring to sites at the ancestral Lin home. Oversized Hanging and Hand Scrolls is on display at gallery 202 until September 25. Treasures of the Forbidden City: Palace Imprints of the Ch’ing Dynasty is on display at gallery 104 until November 30. This exhibition features publications of the central government during the Ch’ing dynasty, introducing how a ruling outside minority people (the Manchus) used the editing and printing of books to present and reinforce their notions of political authority and culture over China. NPM Outdoor Public Art--”Inaction / In Not-Action” is on display at Main building, 2nd floor terrace. This is the first work of public art at the National Palace Museum (NPM). The artist is Izumi Masatoshi, a famous stone sculpture from Japan. He is renowned for his use of natural textures of stone. Among his latest works is the present one, an installation of stones known in Chinese as “Wu-wei / Wu-pu-wei,” and can be translated as “Inaction / In Not-Action”. This installation of large stone sculptures is on view on the terrace of the second floor of the NPM main building. The work synthesizes Izumi’s experiences of the natural surroundings outside of the NPM with his observations of artworks on display inside the building, interpreting a sense of their life within the stone. “Wu-wei” refers to the Taoist notion of following nature, here represented by the stones, while “Wu-pu-wei” reflects the conscious hand of the artist and the static nature of the stones. Charioting in the Shang Dynasty: Artifacts from the Horse-and-Chariot Pits at Hsiao-t’un is on display at gallery 304. This permanent exhibit demonstrates an archaeological collection of the country’s most prestigious research organization the Academia Sinica. Details see web stie: www.npm.gov.tw/. Open: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays to Fridays; 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Admissions: NT$ 160.
Taipei Fine Arts Museum 台北市立美術館 (No. 181 ZhongShan North Road Sec. 3, Taipei 台北市中山北路三段181號; Tel: 02-2595-7656).台北市立美術館 ?No. 181-1, Zhong-shan N. Road, Sec. 3, Taipei 台北市中山北路三段181之一號; Tel:02-2587-5565) Mind‧Space-Exploring the Possibilites runs unitl October 28. This exhibition presents remarkable artworks from over 50 artists from home and abroad in the 80s until now, including Lee Shi-Chi, Chu Wei-Bor, Arman, Dawn Chen-Ping, Chen Chien-Pei, Ku Shih-Yung, Huang Ren-Ho, Lee Ming-Sheng, Hsu Tang-Tsung, Chang Chen-Jen, Mei Dean-E, Kao Tsan-Hsing, Peter Cole, Chung Kyung-Yeun, Sah Cynthia C. Y., Uchida Haruyuki, Huang Buh-Ching and so on. Still Life runs until February 10, 2008 and highlights artworks by the existing artists in Taiwan since the 20th century. Chiang Han-Tong, 80th Anniversary Retrospective runs until November 11 and exhibits Chiang’s artworks combined oil paintings, printmaking and the early ink paintings. Lee Chun-Shan was once his mentor.Looking Through: Chen Meng-Tze Solo Exhibition is on display from until September 30. Slovak Contemporary Graphic Art runs until September 16. Artists presented the classical style through poetic understanding, artistic sensibility and the imagination generated from the symbolic meditation, or presented the layers of twisting and geometric abstraction via realistic and constructional images.Not a Thing: 2007 Chang Nai-Wen Solo Exhibition runs until September 16 and extends the author’s traditional use of Buddhist figures as models. 52-La Biennale di Venezia, Taiwan runs until November 11. A selection of “Atopia” by Hongjohn Lin as the curatorial plan for the Taiwan Exhibition at the 2007 Venice Biennale is displayed. Five artists, representing a variety of different disciplines, take part: Tsai Ming-liang, Tang Huang-chen, Lee Guo-min, Huanh Shih-chieh, and Viva.
Museum of World Religions 世界宗教博物館 (7th floor, No 236, Chungshan Road Section 1, Yungho City, Taipei County; Tel: 02-8231-6118) Kidsland: A Quest for Miracle in the Loving Forest runs everyday from 10p.m. to 5p.m. at until December 31. The spacious Children’s Museum inside the Museum of World Religions (世界宗教博物館) is holding an interactive exhibition Kidsland: A Quest for Miracle in the Loving Forest (愛的森林尋找米洛可) offering an adventurous tour for children from three to ten years old. Entering the enchantingly-decorated space in the museum, visitors will be taken on a journey of semi-reality that takes place inside a forest. Twenty-two spots for exploration are introduced along the way, through a panoramic display, with bewitching scenes and props that make this tour an authentic experience. Among the lively settings, animation videos, and interactive installations, this playful and fun-loving cruise has a deep message to pass forward - finding love is like taking a journey towards the unknown. Through finding a mysterious beast named Miracle, children are supposed to explore the true meaning of love, and learn the difficulties involved in continuing to focus on love in life. The curators of the Museum of World Religions hope to link the loving message to the religious beliefs around the world. Admission: NT$100 - NT$200.
National Taiwan Art Education Institute (No. 47, Nanhai Road, Taipei 台北市南海路47號; Tel: 02-2311-0574) has two exhibitions: Chen Fen Pressed Flower Art Exhibition, and Colour Ink Trio Joint Exhibition of Gold, Jade, and Bamboo Colour Ink Trio. Chen Fen Pressed Flower Art Exhibition will run until September 5. Pressed flower is a kind of art of “using flowers to make paintings. “ Its media mainly are natural flowers, grasses, fruits and vegetables. A scientific method is adopted to dry them and to maintain their beautiful shapes and colours. These dried flowers, grasses, fruits and vegetables are actually the most natural’s pen brush touches. Their colours themselves are paints. Using them to create art and always make pieces of artwork look so amazing. Not only does creating art work take time, but also it needs consistent passion and persistence. If the artist Chen Fen encounters some doubts or bottleneck, her family’s accompany and encouragement become very important simply because they are the source of confidence. Therefore, after her retirement from the civil service, she devoted herself to promotion and teaching of pressed flower art. We hope that through this exhibition, more people interested in nature can come to extend eternal beauty of nature. Colour Ink Trio Joint Exhibition of Gold, Jade, and Bamboo Colour Ink Trio runs until September 12. Trio of Gold, Jade and Bamboo is composed of three painters and good friends called Huang Jinjhih (jin literally refers to “gold”), Chen Tsueiying (tsuei literally refers to “Jade”), and Wu Jhumei (jhu refers to “bamboo” in pronunciation). Admission is Free.
National Museum of History (No.49, Nanhai Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 台北市中正區南海路49號; Tel: 02-2361-0270) Beyond Fragrance and Fun: The Tea Culture of China and Japanis is on display until September 30. The exhibition incorporates documentary materials, displays of tea-ware and tea-making utensils, and exhibits showing how tea culture developed over time. Web: www.nmh.gov.tw/nmh_web/index.cfmOpen: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. everyday Admissions: NT$ 10 - NT$ 20
National Taiwan Museum 國立台灣博物館 No.2, Xiangyang Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 台北市中正區襄陽路二號 (02)2382-2699 Web: http://www.ntm.gov.tw/ Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to Sundays Admissions: NT$10 - NT$20 Taiwan’s Pre-history Culture and Traditional Cultures of the Indigenous People is on display. This permanent exhibit comprises twelve themes, the first is the transition from the Paleolithic Age to the Iron Age, with an exhibition of the most ancient (dated back several thousand years ago) fossilized human remains found in Taiwan- “Tsuo Chen Man”-, cultural artifacts from the various stages of the Neolithic Age found in Western Taiwan, the specialty of the “Peinan Culture” -stone coffins and burial artifacts- found in the Neolithic Age in the eastern part of the island and ironware from the “Shih San Hang” culture. Other eleven themes features the Pingpu (plain-aboriginals), Atayal, Bunun, Saisiyat, Tsou, Paiwan, Rukai, Puyuma, Amis, Yami and Thao tribes.
Yingge Ceramics Museum 台北縣鶯歌陶瓷博物館 (No. 200, Wen-hua Road, Yingge Township, Taipei; TEL: 02-8677-2727) Fifth Taipei Ceramics Awards 第五屆台北陶藝獎 will be on display until September 16 at Taipei County. The exhibition shows about 65 winning items out of 107 ceramic pieces that were submitted in the contest. This biannual event features three different awards - the Achievement Award, the Creativity Award and the Thematic Design Award. Among the 104 participating artists, four winners received the top prizes and 28 finalists received honorable mentions. The awards provide an opportunity for artists to exchange ideas and compete with one another, providing a platform for the growing trend of ceramic art in modern Taiwan. The Achievement Award recognizes pioneering artists who have contributed to the advancement of Taiwan ceramics. The winners serve as role models for the up-and-coming ceramics artists. This year Sung Lung-fei won the Achievement Award. The Thematic Design Award continued with the theme from the last biennale, "Ceramics and Sounds,” to further challenge the imagination and creative audacity of the artists. Because of the artists were given ample preparation time, many clever designs can been seen in this section of the exhibition. The Creativity Award encourages artists to incorporate innovative techniques, designs and styles into their work. This year, artists are more inventive than ever before, with many new talents participating. According to the curator of the exhibition, Wang Ya-ting, what is worth mentioning is that this year saw a large increase in the amount of ceramic pieces incorporated with installation art, as almost half of the submissions for the Creativity Award were installation artworks, an indication of the current trend of such art expression.
Juming Museum 朱銘美術館 (No.2, She-shi-hu, Jinshan Township, Taipei County台北縣金山鄉西勢湖2號; Tel: 02-2498-9940) Solomon's Fair Anthony Lam Solo Exhibition 浮華暫借:林秀清個展 The title Solomon's Fair represents an alienated society and is inspired by the book Solomon in the Old Testament, in which mankind pursues vanity to the extent of self destruction. Lam adapts the title to portray modern civilization where even moral and cultural values are consumable. Lam, also an architect and participant of the 13th Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition, lays out daily appliances and products to challenge the viewers' sense of reality. The first exhibition in the Solomon's Fair series was a simple experiment with images created by a kaleidoscope, in which every slight movement resulted in a transformation before the eyes, allowing endless scope for the mind to idle away pensively into a trance of self-satisfaction. Another part of the exhibit called "machine aesthetics” explores kinetic energy in order to find a new direction. The Living World Series–Armed Forces人間系列:三軍is on display unitil December 31. It presents over 300 sculptures of gallant soldiers to pay tribute to Taiwan’s three armed forces and war heroes. These man-size sculptures are mostly made of bronze, enhanced with different color paintings to showcase the diversity of warfare and military actions.


Updated : 2021-02-28 21:44 GMT+08:00