"The Journey of Fantasy: Taiwan/Japan Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition” ― a two-month show focusing on exchanges between Taiwan and Japan in the realms of cuisine, art, and culture ― will kick off at the Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo from April 1.
Artists Peng Hung-chih (彭弘智) and Mika Ninagawa (蜷川實花) will respectively represent Taiwan and Japan by displaying pieces imbued with traditional cultural references and contemporary satire.
Peng, 47, is known for his engagement of canine actors in his video works. Among the four pieces he will bring to Tokyo are "Excerpts from the Taoist Protective Talisman (道教符籙選),” a five-screen video of a dog creating calligraphy on auspicious yellow scrolls, and "To Dress Up at Home (衣錦還鄉),” a video-and-photograph ensemble featuring two strays costumed as "purebreds.”
Ninagawa is a famous director and fashion photographer who has enjoyed significant success for her vibrant art. Her featured collection, "FLOWER ADDICT,” encompasses her signature floral and goldfish motifs, in which the highly saturated colors symbolize lust for life and joy.
The exhibition will be accompanied by forums featuring Noboru Tsubaki (椿昇), fine arts department director at Kyoto University, Chu Teh-i (曲德益), director of the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, and J.J. Shih (石長瑞), director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei.
The forums will focus on Taiwan-Japan art exchanges, which have evolved from limited development in the past to the new frontiers made possible by the internet today.
"The Journey of Fantasy” exhibition is co-organized by the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei.
‘The Journey of Fantasy: Taiwan/Japan Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition'