Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, accepted the donation of two paintings "Formosa Evergreen (寶島長春)" and "Heshan Yongshou (河山永壽)" from MD300 Taiwan, Lions Clubs International on Jun. 30.
Senior Advisor to the Office of the President Yan Zhi-fa (顏志發), director of the National Museum of History Liao Hsin-tien (廖新田), Chairperson of the Lions Clubs International (MD300) Chen Li-feng (陳麗鳳), former Chairperson Zheng Dao-qiu (鄭道檣), and director of District 300A2 Lions Clubs International Huang Mei-li (黃美麗) among others, attended the donation ceremony.
In 1978, MD300 Taiwan, Lions Clubs International invited 15 artists Huang Jun-bi (黃君璧), Lin Yu-shan (林玉山), Ou Hao-nien (歐豪年), Zhang Da-qian (張大千), Fu Chuan-fu (傅狷夫), Liang You-ming (梁又銘), Liang Chung-ming (梁中銘), Liu Yan-tao (劉延濤), Gao Yi-hong (高逸鴻), Hu Ke-min (胡克敏), Chen Tzu-he (陳子和), Yao Meng-gu (姚夢谷), Ji Kang (季康), Shao You-xuan (邵幼軒), Chen Dan-cheng (陳丹誠) to jointly draw the 12 feet long “Formosa Evergreen” and “Heshan Yongshou” at the NMH. In the paintings, landscapes such as rocks, pine, cypress, flowers and ganoderma, birds are portrayed vividly. The painting holds significance as it was drawn right after Taiwan and the United States severed diplomatic ties.
Culture Minister Lee Yung-te pointed out that the generous donation from the Lions Clubs International (MD300) has enriched the country’s artistic assets during the pandemic and for this he is deeply grateful.
For 15 master painters to jointly produce a masterpiece was not an easy task and the paintings were produced under a sense of national pride during the unique era. Having been returned to the NMH after 43 years to be shared with the public, the painting is of special significance, Lee added.
The Ministry of Culture will instruct the NMH to research, restore and collect, and continue to bolster the preservation and promotion of Taiwan's art history. In the future, the paintings are expected to be officially exhibited at the NHM after the renovation project completes.