Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts

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Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts
2007-06-12 ~ 2007-07-15

關渡美術館勁秀系列III Mou.i.kai.魔.藝.尬-悍圖2007

展期: 2007-06-12 ~ 2007-07-15
地點: 週二至週日 上午10:00-下午5:00




展期 / Dates2007/6/127/15
地點 / Venue201301402展覽室 Gallery 201, 301, 402
開幕式 / Opening Party2007.06.15 PM5:30

 Founded in 1998, the Hantoo Art Group was originally the Taipei Art Society.  The founder members include LU Tien-yen, YANG Mao-lin, WU Tien-chang, LU Hsien-ming, KUO Wei-kuo, LIEN Chien-hsin, LEE Ming-Chung and YANG Jen-ming.  They declared war to installation art at the time, and pledged to revive graphic arts.

As time goes by, the members are like unbeatable warriors.  Their ambition and strong creation energy show us that graphic arts have never faded.  At the same time, with some members returned to campus for further study, and new members joined in, the Hantoo Art Group expanded different ways of art presentation around 2002.  Apart from graphic arts, images and mixed media also merge into their art works.  Moreover, between the presentation and the theme, the Hantoo members have deliberated and searched for more complicated metaphors and signs.

No matter how ironic and serious the presentations and forms are, the Hantoo members always try to reflect our own culture and think over the issue of identity in their works.  Through politics, history, and ethnic groups, they explore the development of Taiwan culture.  Furthermore, their lives and experiences present the process of self-realization and display their deep concern and introspection to life.  This pursuit corresponds with their goal when the group was founded, unites the group members, and makes the group unique and distinctive.

Before the 10th anniversary of the foundation, the Hantoo members gathering in the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts and have their group exhibition.  The title “Mou.i.kai” comes from Japanese, which means “once again”.  It refers to that once again, the Hantoo Art Group has their own exhibition.  In addition, using the Japanese phrase “Mou.i.kai” as the title also points out how popular the Japanese culture is in Taiwan, and the complicated historical complex between Taiwan and foreign cultures.  Among these, the Hantoo Art Group has never changed their concern to Taiwanese culture.  What is more, in terms of pronunciations and meanings, “mou”, “i”, “kai” refer to “ghost”, “art” and “competition” individually.  Hence the exhibition title reveals that the Hantoo members have devoted to arts for many years, and always compete against each other.

There are 12 artists and 39 art pieces in the exhibition.  It includes oil paintings, animation, installation, mixed media, digital photos and so on.  Many artists show their latest works, and some of them specifically made their works for the museum’s space. 

It is obvious that the exhibition proposes many new and innovative ideas on contemporary arts and cultures.  “Imagination” and “symbol” are the two major elements exist in the exhibits.  In Lancan’s theory, these two elements constitute what we call “ego” and affect the subject.  The works of the Hantoo Art Group present Lacan’s “Imaginary Order” and “Symbolic Order”.  Their works also points out the possibilities to “The Real” and futurity to separate from post-modernism. 

In contemporary culture, although globalization has become a serious issue, people have never stopped searching for their own identity.  When the Media Culture that is made by mass media surrounds the public, collective-subconscious is more like a result that a nation made through mass media.  At the moment, the man of knowledge not only bear the responsibility of revealing truths, but also play the role of guiding the whole society and pointing out the right direction.  Apparently, from the theme and contents of the Hantoo’s works, as well as their self-expectation and identification, have met with the social expectation to the man of knowledge.  Critique, persiflage, and irony are the ways they use to warn and caution mankind.  But why the Hantoo members choose to bear the strong social responsibility and observe our culture in a deep and deliberate way?  Obviously, the key members’ background and life experiences during subversive 1960-80s in Taiwan have affected their creation a lot.

Anyhow, the exhibition “Mou.i.kai—The Exhibition by Hantoo Art Group” presents the members’ rich forms of expression and styles under the same idea and opinion.  In conclusion, the exhibition has offered not only a platform for visitors to be acquainted with the group, but also a clear route and context of contemporary Taiwanese arts.