Focusing on the history of Taiwanese arts, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA) continues to launch exhibitions to research and document the development of art as well as introduce it to the general public. NTMoFA's new exhibition "Island-Tracing Journeys: 30 Years Retrospective Exhibition of the "Taiwan Project," which runs from Mar. 26 through Jun. 26, will display more than 160 pieces of works and documentary materials, taking visitors back to the "Taiwan Project."
The "Taiwan Project" was initiated by four artists who are active in local art groups and cultural organizations, namely, Chen Shui-Tsai (陳水財), Ni Tsai-chin (倪再沁), Lee Jiun-shyan (李俊賢), and Su Chih-che (蘇志徹).
The late 1980s was a period when the modern art movement thrived in Taiwan. In 1991, the "Taiwan Project" was jointly conceived and executed by the four artists. Within 10 years, the project conducted a total of 13 participatory exhibitions of art activities.
The exhibition is divided into two parts, the first part shows the past of the "Taiwan Project," which includes recreations of various art exhibitions that were exhibited in the past. Through continued dialogues between subjects (the artists) and others (places), as well as intersubjective exchange experience and practical art actions, the four artists completed experiential journeys of the historical context and unique features of the local life of 12 unfamiliar regions, including towns, villages, outlying islands, and cities, shaping uniform imagery of the Taiwanese culture.
The second part shows a selection of masterpieces by these artists that were created after 1990, echoing their long-standing concerns. Through the stimulation and expansion of the four shared artistic concepts of "Marginal Consciousness," "Dialects of the Land," "Subjective Truth," and "Diverse Dialogues,” the four artists completed creative works of visual art, in which "particular" and "universal" coexisted, through own unique subjective thinking and style.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit NTMoFA's website.