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"Treasure Map: The Folk Images in Taiwan,” an exhibition offering a modern interpretation of traditional folk symbols, will be available at the Nantou-based National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) from March 28 to Oct. 18, 2015.
"Treasure Map: The Folk Images in Taiwan” features visual pieces displaying traditional Chinese characters, Taiwanese heritage elements, and familiar folk images. The title "Treasure Map” is designated to highlight the fact that folk images contain a wealth of meanings and ingenuity stemming from the wisdom of our ancestors. The implications are that the deep cultural and artistic aesthetics embedded in these images are hidden treasures.
NTCRI Director Hsu Keng-hsiu (許耿修) noted that with the backdrop of times changing, traditional folk images have slowly disappeared from our daily lives. He expressed the hope that the exhibition will allow visitors to relive those images, especially given the artists' application of traditional folk image elements in contemporary design.
The exhibition has also put on display a number of iconic pieces by masterful Taiwanese craftsmen, including several rarely exhibited items in the NTCRI collection. Pieces such as "Door Gods - Shen Tu, Yu Lei” by tinsmith Chen Wan-neng (陳萬能) and "Cranes and Pine Trees Symbolizing Longevity” by lacquer artist Wang Ching-shuang (王清霜) will help visitors understand how contemporary craftsmen have cleverly combined the use of folk images in their exquisite techniques and design concepts.
Several hands-on group activities are also planned in line with upcoming traditional folk festivals during the exhibition; find out moreat www.ntcri.gov.tw.