“The Pioneers” of Taiwanese Artists, 1931-40

“The Pioneers” series presented by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung focuses on artists born between 1931 and 1980 to showcase their individual styles and depict the face of fine arts in post-World War Two Taiwan.

This exhibition (http://www.ntmofa.gov.tw/english/ShowInfomation1_1.aspx?SN=3717&n=10134) kicks off with the class of artists born between 1931 and 1940 to illustrate their impact on Taiwanese fine arts. This particular class is characterized by the most complicated set of backgrounds among the six classes featured in the series. Roughly divided into two groups, those born in Taiwan and those born in China before World War Two, all of these artists experienced the ravages and tumult of wartime and grew up in post-war Taiwan. However, having experienced different cultural education and socialization during their formative years as youths, they responded to new thinking in art such as the New Art Movement and Modern Painting Movement in different ways, lending diversity to the post-war Taiwanese fine art of the 1950s and 60s. This exhibition, which will continue until April 21, 2013, features 117 works by 26 artists that embody the “pioneering” spirit, and who are still alive and active today.