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Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts
The First Taipei Contemporary Ink Painting Biennale
Date
2007-07-25 ~ 2007-09-02
 The First Taipei Contemporary Ink Painting Biennale
 

We are actually living in a world of globalization and popular culture. However, many people still associate ink painting with “catalog of Chinese painting”, which makes ink painting to be out of tune with modern society. A lot of ink painting artists do not make their efforts alone in the remote mountains, instead, they attempt to use ink painting as a special oriental art material to interpret the ever-changing cultural ambiance and to touch the contemporary lives
Hence, the major topic of the First Taipei Contemporary Ink Painting Biennale is “fashion ink painting”.  Artists from various fields use forms of ink painting, literature, design, video, paper, and some other compound materials to explore cultural implication of “popular culture” and to express their caring for humanities.  Specifically, the main objective of this exhibition is presenting how people react, examine, and criticize popular culture by combining ink painting with other contemporary art expressions.
The exhibition is an attempt to cross over boundaries of fields and to gather all the artists together to brainstorm a greater innovation.  Liu Kuo-song and Yuan Chin-taa are the curators of in painting section, and they select 68 pieces from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, United States, and Canada.  In literature section, Chen Yi-zi invites Hsu Hui-chi, Cheng Ying-chu, and Tsai Su-fen to create 8 art pieces with him.  In ink painting video section, curator Yang Hsin-yi selects two great pieces to show in the exhibition.  In paper art section, director of Chelsea Art Museum, Julia Draganovic, selects 4 outstanding art works. 
This is an exhibition that crosses different art fields, and presents diverse facets of modern ink paintings with artists, writers, designers and so on.  In contrast to traditional naturalism of ink painting, what the biennial cares and shows is far more than that of traditional ink painting.  We expect that “popular culture” could reproduce more art pieces and be embodied with new meanings through this exhibition.  We also hope that contemporary ink painting in Taiwan would interact with consumption society, and shows the emotion and care for humanities of the artists and creates a cultural depth and width.
(Adapted from Yuan Chin-taa, Contemporary Consumption Civilization and Thoughts of Ink Painting Creation)