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In celebration of the upcoming Year of the Horse, the "29th New Year Prints Exhibition of the R.O.C.: Thundering Success for the Year of Galloping Horses” will display 82 prints of majestic stallions from Jan. 18 through March 25 at the Taichung-based National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
The annual New Year Prints Exhibition, first held in 1985, will feature prints selected from a competition, which the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts has organized since 2004.
The entries combine folk culture with contemporary art under the theme of the Chinese zodiac to present auspicious imageries. In Chinese culture, galloping horses symbolize exuberance, success, and grandeur, so the organizer made it this year's theme to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Contemporary New Year prints have also become more diverse in terms of presentation and colors. In addition to the traditional auspicious symbols, the exhibited prints also include new elements from pop culture, comics, and aboriginal lore.
The 232 entries this year cover more than 10 types of block prints that reflect the New Year theme and showcase individual artistic styles. The 82 selected entries, including six top-award winners, and two works of artists Hsieh Li-fa and Cheng Cheng-huang, will be on display for three months in Taichung.