Jan. 30 Update: Prioritizing public health amid the global coronavirus outbreak, the Taipei International Book Exhibition, which was originally slated for Feb. 4-9, will be postponed for three months and be held May 7-12 instead.
The Taipei International Book Exhibition
will be kicking off from Feb. 4 through 9 at the Taipei World Trade Center, where the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts will be hosting a "Taiwan Art History in the Comics" exhibition to promote Taiwan's art history through the lens of technology and comics.
The exhibition will be presenting how Taiwanese comic artists construct the personalities, features, and movements of their characters to create lasting impressions. The exhibition is comprised of these sections: "Comics World," "Art Gallery Guided Tour," "Interactive Guided Tour," "Art Salon," and "Publications."
Through the unique visual language of comics, exhibition-goers can re-experience the past and learn about Taiwan's art history. The exhibition will display upcoming new comic publications as well as biographies and audiovisual publications on well-known comic artists.
In addition to the exhibition, there will also be a series of promotional events including guided tours, documentary screenings, expert lectures, book signings, and workshops for visitors to participate.
For example, there will be a Feb. 8 documentary screening on the extraordinary life of late painter Lin Yu-shan (林玉山), from his overseas educational travels to inspirations and influences, as part of an exhibition of Lin's donated artworks that is on view through March 22
at the Taichung-based National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
There will also be a book-signing event by Taiwanese artist Hsu Chia-wei (許家維), co-curator of the museum's 2019 Asian Art Biennial themed "The Strangers from Beyond the Mountain and the Sea." Book exhibition attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the variabilities in history, politics, and fortunes in Asia and the implications of globalization from the viewpoint of curator Hsu.
Inviting all Taiwanese school children to attend the book exhibition, the museum will also have a challenge booth at the "Winter Break Fun Book Fair" area for quest seekers to explore artworks with different senses to further encourage their appreciation of the arts.