Deputy Minister of Culture Hsiao Tsung-huang (蕭宗煌) hosted a press conference at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts on Nov. 6 to promote the latest installment of biographies and documentary films on senior Taiwanese artists.
The Council for Cultural Affairs, predecessor of the Ministry of Culture, has been compiling the "Home Museum – Artist Biographies (家庭美術館—美術家傳記叢書)" series since 1992 and filming the "Senior Artists in Taiwan (臺灣資深藝術家影音紀錄片) " documentaries since 2007 to memorialize their legacies.
The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts took over the two projects in 2011 to continue documenting the lives and creations of Taiwan's artists. With the support of the Ministry's recent efforts in reconstructing the art history of contemporary Taiwan, the museum has completed ten more books and five more documentaries this year to help enhance public awareness of senior Taiwan artists.
The ten new biographical books will introduce artists Tsai Yun-yan (1908 – 1977,蔡雲巖), Hsu Wu-yung (1920 – 2016, 許武勇), Kao Tsan-hsing (1945 – 2017, 高燦興), Read Lee (1921 – 2010, 李德), Liu Geng-gu (1940 – 2006, 劉耕谷), Chou Ying (1922 – 2011, 周瑛), Lee Tsai-chien (1928 – , 李再鈐), Chen Ching-jung (1934 – , 陳景容), Hsieh Li-fa (1938 – , 謝里法), and Sakuliu Pavavalung (1960 – , 撒古流．巴瓦瓦隆).
With the life story of each artist as its core, "Artist Biographies" introduces senior Taiwanese painters based on academic research, presenting the pioneers of contemporary fine arts through their respective life experiences, art journeys, and achievements as well as their influences on the development of Taiwanese fine arts.
Produced by the Chinese Television System (CTS), the five new documentary films will introduce the lives and artistic journeys of late artists Chen Cheng-po (1895 – 1947, 陳澄波), Lin Yu-shan (1907 – 2004, 林玉山), Chen Chin (1907 – 1998, 陳進), Kuo Hsueh-hu (1908 – 2012, 郭雪湖), and Lee Chun-shan (1912 – 1984, 李仲生).
Lin Chi-ming (林志明), director of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, noted that a total of 121 books and 37 documentary films have been released and made available to local libraries, public schools, diplomatic missions stationed in Taiwan, and the nation's embassies and overseas offices.
The Nov. 6 press conference in Taichung City was attended by Artist Magazine Publisher Ho Cheng-kuang (何政廣), Chinese Television System Chairperson Tchen Yu-chiou (陳郁秀), National Museum of History Director Liao Hsin-tian (廖新田), Tainan Art Museum Director Pan Fan (廖新田), and former Director of the National Palace Museum Lin Po-ting (林柏亭).