An exhibition reproducing the beauty of the "2nd International Triennale of Kogei in Kanazawa,” which was previously held in Japan, is now showing in central Taiwan from Dec. 13 this year to April 13, 2014.
The display features the works of several important Japanese craft masters, as well as 8 Taiwanese contemporary artists, who've all made a deep impression and stunned the international media with their creative designs, such as bamboo furniture and woven goods.
In order to let Taiwanese people witness the beauty of the craft works in the Kanazawa exhibition, officials of the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI), a subordinate organization of the Ministry of Culture, invited the Japanese artists together with Taiwanese artists to showcase their works with the theme of the "2nd International Triennale of Kogei In Kanazawa Exchange Exhibition in Taiwan: Taiwan-Japan Contemporary Craft & Design in Flux.”
The organizers have invited Yuji Akimoto, Director of the renowned 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, and Dr. Lee Yulin to be the curators. Based on the contents of the Kanazawa exhibition, they are employing a method called "inter-textualization” to display the art works in Taiwan.
Akimoto brought works by famous artists that showcase exquisite Japanese traditional artisan techniques, such as Chicara Nagata's handmade contemporary motorcycle design, masterpieces by Toshio Ohi, master of Ohi pottery, Mamoru Nakagawa, a living national treasure of Japan, and many others.
In the Taiwanese section, 8 artists showcase their knitting and weaving techniques through the making of furniture and fabric works. Chen Kao-ming and Rock Wang's "Cocoon Plan — Sofa,” curvaceous pieces of furniture that combine traditional bamboo-weaving techniques with the streamlined contours of modern industrial fabrication, as well as designer Johan Ku's chunky knitwear, are currently on display.
The exhibition is not only about technology and cultural exchanges, it also aimed at facilitating dialogue among Taiwanese and Japanese artists in the field of contemporary craft arts and design.