October 26, 2017
Background Information No.065
In line with President Tsai Ing-wen’s policy of using Taiwan’s cultural soft power to return the country to the international stage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture’s Art Bank have worked together to put on two exhibitions of Taiwanese modern art, one called Future Allegories: An Exhibition of Taiwanese Contemporary Arts, the other What do you see? Contemporary Art from Taiwan. They will be held separately over the course of a year at the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore, the Taipei Culture Center in New York, and Twin Oaks in Washington, DC.
This is the first large scale overseas showing of pieces purchased through the Art Bank program. Taiwan’s representative offices are providing the venues for cultural exchanges that will help both young and established Taiwanese artists expand their international presence, and highlight the creative energy of Taiwan’s modern art scene. It is hoped the exhibitions will raise awareness of Taiwan’s cultural and social development.
Future Allegories: An Exhibition of Taiwanese Contemporary Arts is being held at the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore from October 26, 2017, to October 27, 2018. It features 37 works by 29 contemporary Taiwanese artists, including Ho Huey-chih, Liao Yu-an, Hou Chun-ming, Hsieh Chi-chang, Shiu Rue-jr, Wu Wen-cheng, and Etan Pavavalung.
What do you see? Contemporary Art from Taiwan opens in the Taipei Culture Center at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York on November 30, 2017, before moving to the Twin Oaks estate in Washington, DC. It features 19 pieces by seven artists, including Chen Qing-yao, Hou I-ting, Tu Pei-shih, Liao Yu-an, Chang Teng-yuan, Yuan Goang-ming, and Yeh Yi-li. (E)