Ceramics made by great Western and Taiwanese pottery masters as poetic tributes to clay will take the center stage at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute's Taipei Branch from July 28 through Nov. 24.
Working with Sapone Family-Monte Carlo International Art and the Hartung Foundation, the Center has received a loan of over 50 ceramic artworks sculptured by Pablo Picasso, Manfredo Borsi, and Hans Hartung.
After experiencing the hardships of two world wars, these European modern art pioneers became the aesthetic benchmark of the late 1960s for their famous graphic paintings, whilst their ceramic creations remained lesser known.
Their Taiwanese counterparts for this exhibition - A-Sun Wu (吳炫三) and Paloma Chang (池上鳳珠) - were chosen for their unbridled spirits and eagerness for adventures.
Wu and his wife spent over one third of their lives traveling overseas and connecting with indigenous groups around the world. Their paintings and sculptures are full of bold colors, unrepentant lines, and raw energy. More information on Wu can be found here.
In the hands of these great masters, pottery clay became a transcendent medium that was imbued with new life and stories. Come see poetry expressed in clay form at this Taipei exhibition.
In other related news, an exhibition of lithographs painted by Pablo Picasso three years before his death - collectively known as "Imaginary Portraits” - will be displayed in Taiwan for the first time this summer.
"The Imaginary Portraits of Pablo Picasso International Exchange Touring Exhibition,” featuring 29 lithographs and proofs from the permanent collection of the International Museum of Art and Science in Texas, will be shown first in Taipei at the National Museum of History and then in Taichung at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.