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ISSUE #536
Two VR films from Taiwan, including Hsin-Chien Huang's "Samsara," and second installment in a series of documentary shorts "Missing Pictures Episode 2: Tsai Ming-liang" will be featured at this year's BFI London Film Festival from Oct. 6 to Oct. 17.
Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei's live performance work "Sonic Blossom" is set to be exhibited at Helsinki's Ateneum Art Museum, Finland's best-known art museum, marking Taiwan's first exhibition at the venue. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition will run from Sep. 24 to Oct. 24.
Organized by the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany and the Kunsthalle Winterthur art museum, Taiwanese contemporary artist Su Hui-yu's two comprehensive video installations will be on view at the museum in Switzerland until Nov. 14.
Ministry Updates
"Fictional Garden" kicks off at Tokyo GOOD DESIGN
The first "Fictional Garden: TAIWAN HOUSE" exhibition was carried out at Tokyo GOOD DESIGN Marunouchi on Oct. 4 as part of the Taiwan-Japan cultural exchange program "Taiwan NOW," and was attended by Taiwan's Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh along with two representatives of Taiwan NOW's Japanese partners in promotion of Taiwan's soft power.
Two Taiwanese films compete for Ogawa Shinsuke Prize
Two Taiwanese films-"Dorm" by director Su Yu-hsien and "The Lucky Woman" by director Tseng Wen-chen-have been nominated for the "New Asian Currents" of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. The films will compete for the section's highest honor "Ogawa Shinsuke Prize."
Restored Taiwanese-language films screened in Japan
Seven classic Taiwanese films restored by the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute from the 1960s were screened in Japan for the first time on Oct. 2 as part of a collaboration between the two countries, with program director of the Tokyo International Film Festival Ishizaka Kenji invited to serve as the curator, and along with the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, analyze Taiwanese-language films.
Cultural Features
Cheng Chieh-ho, who rose to prominence in the art world with his carved stone tea plates, received no formal education in the art. However, thanks to his innate artistic talent and love for stone carving, he has won many awards in major domestic competitions with works characterized by simplicity. He considers stones to be a living thing, so he works on each piece independently and insists on not putting wax or lacquer on his works. Specializing in tea sets, he creates practical and aesthetically pleasing works, realizing his ideas of bringing art into everyday life.
Sculptor | Cheng Chieh-ho
In junior high, Li Kuei-hsien became interested in literature and began reading a variety of Chinese popular literature, translated novels, newspaper supplements, journals, and magazines. In April 1953, under the pen name Hengxin, Li published his first poem, "Cherry Blossoms," in the magazine Wild Wind. The poem depicted cherry trees that endured the ravages of winter, fighting back against the harsh weather despite their fading leaves and the hardships they suffered, holding out for the return of spring.
Poet | Li Kuei-hsien
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