‘The Beauty of Taiwan's Lacquer Art,” a joint exhibition by the Bureau of Cultural Heritage and the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, will feature the works of Japanese lacquer masterYamanaka Takao (山中公) and his three Taiwanese disciples - Wang Ching-shuang (王清霜), Chen Huo-qing (陳火慶) and Lai Kao-sha (賴高山).
In the hope of helping the public gain a better understanding of lacquer arts, the special exhibition will include a comprehensive overview of Taiwan's lacquer art history and the personal stories of the four featured artists.
"The Beauty of Taiwan's Lacquer Art” will also include 162 handcrafted pieces and manuscripts by Yamanaka as well as over 60 lacquer works by his three Taiwanese students.
The star of the show, however, will be the five pieces of "Penglai” lacquerware. On loan from the Kaohsiung Museum of History, those on display in the special exhibition were created by Yamanaka during the Japanese eras of Showa (1926 ~ 1989) and Taisho (1912 ~ 1926).
"Penglai” refers to a Japanese style of lacquerware that features prominent Taiwanese characteristics. "Penglai,” which lacks the traditional black and red colors of lacquer arts, is attributed to Yamanaka, who established a lacquer factory in Taichung in 1916.
To pay tribute to the late Yamanaka and his contribution to Taiwan's lacquer arts, the Ministry invited Yamanaka's daughter, Mizuko, to attend the event opening on July 6, where she graciously announced the donation of the five displayed "Penglai” pieces to the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute.
'The Beauty of Taiwan's Lacquer Art' will remain on display at the Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park from July 6 through Aug. 11. For more information, please visit the event website.