Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun has embarked on a trip to Europe on an itinerary that will take her to the Vatican to see Cardinal Gianfraco Ravasi and greet Taiwanese artists participating in the Venice Biennale.
The Minister will meet with Cardinal Ravasi, who is currently serving in the Roman Curia as President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, on May 10. Ravasi also holds the position of President of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and of the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology.
The Minister will then attend the opening ceremony of the Taiwan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. This year, the pavilion is headed by Tehching Hsieh (謝德慶), an extremely disciplined artist best known for his "art is a living process” conviction. His monumental works often involve time, deprivation, and abject conditions.
Titled "Doing Time,” the Taiwan Pavilion will showcase "One Year Performance 1980-81,” in which Hsieh subjected himself to clocking on to a worker's time clock on the hour, every hour, for a whole year; and "One Year Performance 1981-82,” when he remained outside for a year without taking a shelter. Each work convenes different methods of documentation, challenging what it might mean to archive a life.
The Minister will also pay her respects to four other Taiwanese participants - Lee Ming-wei (李明維), a relational artist who makes participatory art; Lee Kuan-yu (李光裕), a sculptor whose installations are on display at the NTU Hospital Station on the Taipei Metro; Shih Li-jen (施力仁), a maker of giant, abstract rhinoceros statues; and Kao Hui-pao (高寶惠), a contextual designer.
Lee Ming-wei is the only other Taiwanese artist apart from video maker Chen Chih-jen (陳界仁) to receive an invitation from the Venice Biennale's International Art Exhibition.
‘Tehching Hsieh: Doing Time' @ 57th Venice Biennale