An exhibition on 29 sets of artistic creations combining athletics and sportsmanship with contemporary arts by 18 Taiwanese artists will debut in Tokyo and Yokohama this summer.
The Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo and the Yokohama Civic Art Gallery will co-host this program, which was organized by Art Bank Taiwan of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts around topics on physical fitness, athletics, writing, and other life lessons inspired by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Deputy Representative Chang Jen-joe (張仁久) of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan pointed out that this is an unprecedented Taiwanese art showcase centered on the core theme of "tempering," a metallurgic term that stresses the loneliness and repetition that both artists and athletes must withstand through their uncompromising perseverance, persistence, and hard work before their efforts finally bear fruit.
Director Suzuki Risaku of the Yokohama Civic Art Gallery said her gallery's partnership with the Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo on this exposition further enhances the cultural ties between Taiwan and Japan, as her gallery and the Taipei City Government began exchanging artists through residency programs since 2005.
The Japanese-language press release by Art Bank Taiwan is available here.