"The most beautiful scenery in Taiwan is the people" is a well-known saying, and the "Reminiscent of Cultural Memories and Crafts" exhibition will be on view for a full year at the Taichung-based Cultural Heritage Park from Dec. 17, 2019 through Dec. 2, 2020 to showcase this extraordinary humanistic landscape.
Through the integration of traditional artisanship and digital technology, the exhibition will be exploring the exquisite handiwork of Taiwanese craft masters in detail to awaken the collective memories of the older generations and inspire the younger generations.
Ten master artisans from different regions and industries are invited to showcase their masterpieces:
• Puppetry master Chen Hsi-huang (陳錫煌)
• Lantern maker Wu Duen-hou (吳敦厚)
• Calligraphy inkstick maker Chen Jia-de (陳嘉德)
• Ornamental wood carver Li Ping-kuei (李秉圭)
• Tinsmith Chen Wan-neng (陳萬能)
• Koji potter Wu Jung (吳榮)
• Drum maker Huang Cheng-feng (黃呈豐)
• Traditional knot weaver Shi Bao-rong (施寶容)
• Ceremonial lion head painter Shi Jun-xiong (施竣雄)
• Cake mold carver Cheng Yung-ping (鄭永斌)
The exhibition will consist of three main areas: "Daily Life," "Craftsmanship," and "Memories and Heritage." The "Daily Life" area will be displaying rare crafts, appliances, and religious and ceremonial implements for exhibition-goers to learn more about Taiwan's multi-facet cultural heritage.
The "Craftsmanship" and "Memories and Heritage" areas, which are digitally interactive through the use of augmented reality (AR) technology, will be screening director Charlie Chu's (曲全立) "Formosa 3D" series, a stunning three-dimensional montage of the varied landscapes and traditional craft trades of Taiwan.
When visitors use an AR device to scan a specific code on an exhibition display, an in-depth video will be shown to share the stories and experiences of the corresponding traditional artisan. By presenting personal narratives alongside the images, the exhibition hopes to achieve deeper resonance with viewers.
Cultural Heritage Bureau Director-general Shy Gwo-long (施國隆) remarked that in recent decades, due to socio-economic changes and technological developments, many local handicrafts and craft art are slowly disappearing. This exhibition aims to present recent achievements in cultural asset preservation and the intergenerational transfer of traditional knowledge.
‘To Inherit, To Memory: Reminiscent of Cultural Memories & Crafts’
Date: Dec. 17, 2019 – Dec. 2, 2020
Venue: Cultural Heritage Park (S01 Building)
Address: No. 362 Fuxing Rd. Sec. 3, South District, Taichung City, Taiwan (ROC)
Hours: 9am – 5pm (Closed on Mondays)