Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the Chen Cheng Po Cultural Foundation, the North American Taiwan Studies Association-Wisconsin Chapter (NATSA-WIC), and the Taiwanese Undergraduate Student Organization at UW-Madison (TUSO at UW-Madison), the art exhibition of "Hues Across 23.5˚ N: Chen Cheng-po and His Journey Across Borders” will take place from April 6 to 22 in Wisconsin.
"Hues Across 23.5˚ N” is organized and curated in honor of the artistic achievement of the late Taiwanese painter Chen Cheng-po (陳澄波). The exhibition has been made possible through the generous donation of 42 duplicate oil paintings from the Chen Cheng Po Cultural Foundation as well as efforts by dedicated Taiwanese students from NATSA-WIC and TUSO at UW-Madison.
This is the first time that Chen's art will be presented in the United States. The Taiwan Academy in Houston has collaborated with NATSA-WIC and TUSO at UW-Madison in introducing the Taiwanese artist to North America audiences notably in the year 2015 — 120 years after Chen's birth.
A distinguished individual and the first Taiwanese artist to be featured in the Empire Art Exhibition in Japan in 1926, Chen had great passion in creation and devoted his lifetime not only to painting, but also to the aesthetic education and humanistic development of Taiwan.
The exhibition will kick off with an opening ceremony at 6pm on April 6 at the Red Gym of UW-Madison. Representative oil paintings such as "Self-Portrait (自畫像),” "Sunset of Tamsui (淡水夕照),” and "Chiayi Street Scene (嘉義街景)” will be displayed at both the Red Gym and the Madison Senior Center. Guided tours will also be offered twice a day on Wednesdays and Fridays at both venues.
A concert featuring 4 ensembles adapted from Chinese music scores that echo Chen's paintings by Music PhD students of UW-Madison will be held at the Madison Senior Center at 9.30am on April 13. Guests are also invited to attend an academic discussion over Dr. Christina Burke Mathison's research on Chen at 7pm on April 17 at the Law School at UW-Madison.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the event website at http://natsa-wic.wix.com/natsa-wic#!hues-across-235n/csxp.
‘Hues Across 23.5°N'
Chen Cheng-po and His Journey Across Borders
Pioneering artist Chen Cheng-po was captured and executed in public in March 1947 during a bloody crackdown on anti-government uprisings in Taiwan that began on Feb. 28, 1947. Because he was a taboo figure during Taiwan's decades of martial law, many of his works have never been shown in public.