Co-organized by Czech Economic and Cultural Office Taipei and Auction Centre Taipei, "Czech Art in Taipei (布拉格藝術微旅行)," an exhibition showcasing works of more than 10 contemporary Czech artists, opened at Auction Centre Taipei on May 8 and will run through May 16.
The exhibition features a medley of contemporary artworks that display various art techniques and mediums, including tempera paint, ink, oil painting which are used in graphic art, as well as video works that focuses on cultural and landscapes in Czech.
A series of lectures will be held during the exhibition period, with topics spanning from architecture in Czech, literature, movies, education and the famous Czech artist Alfons Maria Mucha. Among the speakers are Dita Táborská , deputy head of the Czech Economic and Cultural Office Taipei, and art curator Hsieh Pei-ni (謝佩霓).
In an interview with Central News Agency (CNA), Czech Representative to Taiwan Patrick Rumlar expressed his excitement that the long-planned art exhibition and lectures are eventually held. He also revealed that his office is planning to launch a diverse array of activities related to Czech's art and culture in southern Taiwan towards the end of this year.
Besides the art exhibition, in the following months, there will be several Czech-related art and cultural activities, including a special exhibition showcasing the works of artist Alfon Maria Mucha in June and screenings of Czechoslovak films of the 1960s and 1970s at the 2021 Golden Horse Classic Film Festival in July and August.
Last year, Taipei Fine Arts Museum presented a special exhibition featuring works by Czech post-war and contemporary painter Vladimír Kokolia. It is the most prominent solo exhibition of a Czech artist held in Taiwan so far.
Rumlar said that he is pleased to know that films of the Czechoslovak New Wave of the 1960s and 1970s will be featured at the 2021 Golden Horse Classic Film Festival. He added that these films depict the thinking of Czechs, their lifestyle and local customs, which will enhance the public’s understanding of Czech's culture.