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ISSUE #601
A total of 28 art pieces by Taiwanese craftsmen of different generations are displayed at an exhibition under the theme of "Green Talk—Taiwan Craft So Well" at Twin Oaks Estate in Washington D.C. from Oct. 5, 2022, to Jan. 31, 2023. The exhibition aims to spark conversations revolving around three aspects.
Taiwanese artist Poyen Wang, residency artist at Triangle Arts Association in New York, is holding a solo exhibition "Endearing Insanity." The exhibition is named after Wang's latest video work which is a 9-minute film using 3D computer graphics, alongside a series of still images derived from the film.
Taiwanese new media artist Huang Hsin-chien presents his solo exhibition titled "The Data We Called Home" at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York for the first time from Sep. 23, 2022 to Feb. 28, 2023. In the show, Huang explores spiritual, political, and literary themes in four virtual reality films, sculptures, and videos.
Ministry Updates
Laureates of the 42nd National Cultural Award announced
The Ministry of Culture announced the winners of the 42nd National Cultural Award, Taiwan's highest cultural accolade presented by the government, on Jan. 7. The recipients are violinist Li Shu-de, master puppeteer Toshio Huang, and theater performance arts educator Wu Jing-jyi.
Taipei International Book Exhibition to kick off
The 31st Taipei International Book Exhibition, themed "The Multiverse of Reading," will be held at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1 from Jan. 31 to Feb. 5, with Poland serving as the guest of honor. The content of each exhibition area was revealed at the press conference on Jan. 10
The English translation of "The Piano Tuner," a novel written by award-winning Taiwanese author Kuo Chiang-Sheng and published by Arcade Publishing, officially hit the shelves on Jan. 3, with 14 other languages to be released successively.
Cultural Features
Legendary wuxia director King Hu's film "A Touch of Zen" received the Technical Grand Prize award at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival, making Hu the first director in his genre to earn such international recognition. In recent years, the Taiwan Film Institute has been working to restore the many classics directed by Hu, giving Taiwanese cinephiles the chance to once again experience the distinctive aesthetic of King’s wuxia films.
Filmmaker | King Hu
Established while Taiwan was under martial law, Tonsan Bookstore once provided prohibited books for students eager for knowledge. The underground bookstore, though old and simple without much decor, houses a rich collection of literature, poetry, and books on philosophy and sociology, as well as contemporary magazines covering feminism, environment, and immigration topics.
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