The Taipei Branch of the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute will hold an international bamboo design show from March 29 through July 16.
Taking the artistic conception of a poem by poet Wang Mu-lan (王慕蘭) about moonlight wandering through a mountain bamboo forest, the exhibition will display roughly 100 works from Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom in an ambient setting.
The exhibition will be divided into three categories - bamboo installation art, bamboo fiber art, and contemporary bamboo crafts - to present the spirit of bamboo art, the exquisiteness of bamboo fiber creations, and how bamboo designs have become part of contemporary life.
There will also be a Taiwan section to present joint works by creative brands such as Taiwan's Yii and France's Hand in Hand, as well as works by Taiwanese artisans and the winning works from national competitions held by NTCRI.
Featured collaborative works by Taiwanese bamboo artists and international designers include "Chair - 43” by craft artist Chen Kao-ming (陳高明) and German designer Konstantin Grcic, and "Iron-bamboo chair” by bamboo craft artist Ciou Jin-duan (邱錦緞) and Japanese designer Nendo.
The international section will feature diverse bamboo designs, including the sculpture-like bamboo installations by French artist Laurent Martin-Lo; exquisite works by contemporary Japanese bamboo artists Honda Syoryu (本田聖流) and Hajime Nakatomi (中臣一); and "Costes Chair” by designer Philippe Starck and "Jufuku Stool” by Kenyon Yeh.
During the exhibition, artists and designers from Taiwan, Japan, and France will also be invited to host forums to share their bamboo art creations and designs, and elaborate upon the history of bamboo art in their respective hometowns.
Additional workshops will also be offered for regular exhibitiongoers who are interested in design, crafting, and daily aesthetics to participate in making flower baskets and lamps with bamboo-weaving techniques.
Director Hsu Keng-hsiu (許耿修) of NTCRI noted that Taiwan is not only one of the three major bamboo producers in the world, the island has a long history in bamboo craft culture that gave rise to world-leading techniques.