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ISSUE #611
Inspired by her personal experience of motherhood in 2000, Taiwanese artist Annie Wang is showcasing her artwork, "The Mother as a Creator," at The Photography Show by AIPAD. The show will be held until April 2 at Center415 on Fifth Avenue in New York.
The Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in Italy, in collaboration with the National Institute for Graphic Design in Rome and Tseng Mei Chen's art studio, is launching a double solo engraving exhibition "Immediati Dintorni" until April 30.
The Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the United Kingdom, working with the Whitechapel Gallery, will present works of Taiwanese artist Lifang in the Gallery's Spring Exhibition, "Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940–70.
Ministry Updates
On March 25, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts celebrated the opening of "An Undefeatable Quest for Freedom and Beauty: The Life and Art of Huang Tu-Shui" exhibition. Addressing the ceremony, Culture Minister Shih Che emphasizes the importance of the Reconstruction of Taiwan's Art History project. 
World-renowned artist Yoshitomo Nara will arrive in Taiwan on March 29 to begin a 19-day residency in Taiwan. Meanwhile, his ten-year touring exhibition "Traveling with Hazy Humid Day" will kick off on April 1 at Neiwei Arts Center in Kaohsiung.
A presidential citation has been awarded to Ho Chao-chu, the first-generation artist of the post-WWII era, who passed away on March 2 at the age of 92, in recognition of his contributions to the development of Taiwanese art and art education.
Cultural Features
Born in 1977 in Taipei, Wang Jun-jie was diagnosed with congenital optic atrophy and is totally blind. Wang began studying classical music at a young age, laying a solid musical foundation, and officially entered the music industry at the age of 17. Despite his youth, he quickly became Taiwan's premiere visually impaired songwriter and record producer, establishing long working relationships with some veterans of Taiwan's music industry.
Ku Gallery boasts a rich history dating back more than 180 years to its original days as a pastry shop known as Ku Yu Fa. Today, the fifth-generation owner, Ku Cheng-chun, has breathed new life into the building by renovating it and having it recognized as a historical site. Ku Gallery represents a unique example of revitalizing old homes in Taiwan, providing a perfect interpretation of the culture and life aesthetics of ordinary folk.
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