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Mar 09 2021

Taoyuan International Art Award Exhibition opening Mid-March; Grand Prize Winner to Be Announced at the Opening Ceremony

by ArtAsiaPacific

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The Taoyuan International Art Award exhibition will open on March 13, 2021, at the Taoyuan Arts Center, Taiwan. The open call for Taoyuan’s first international art prize, organized by the Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts (TMoFA), attracted more than 600 artists from 46 countries to take part, and the grand prize winners will be revealed at the opening ceremony.

The long-anticipated TMoFA is the foremost art institution in the growing city of Taoyuan. With the city being part of the six special municipalities in Taiwan, the importance of the award is undeniable, and it will only be the first step among the museum’s future programs to connect with the international art scene. The Taoyuan International Art Award exhibition is scheduled to run to April 18, 2021, at the Taoyuan Arts Center.

“Taoyuan International Art Award is in the foreground of the development of the Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts, and even more so, that of the vision of Taoyuan city toward the international art scene. We look forward to building a new dynamic art hub to nurture contemporary art creations. At the same time, we also aim at providing artists with another professional exhibiting platform, in the hope of opening up the possibility for dialogues and cooperation through the holding of the award,” says the Director of TMoFA, LIU Chun Lan.

The first international award from the city to promote the power of contemporary art creations 

The Taoyuan International Art Award aims at encouraging a diversified development of art practices and cultivating talents in contemporary art. With an expectation to strengthen international exchanges and to provide full freedom of expression, the award accepts applications worldwide. The entry to the competition is not limited to material, category, or size as long as the submission would be a new work that has not been exhibited or recognized by other awards. 

The organizer will cover the finalists’ expenses for the basic exhibit build-up and transportation. Their selected entries will be exhibited in the Taoyuan Arts Center for one month, during which an onsite review will take place to decide one Grand Prize winner, three Honorable Mentions, and one Sojourn Award recipient. The Grand Prize winner will receive NTD 500,000; Honorable Mention artists will receive NTD 120,000 each; and  the Sojourn Award artist will receive NTD 150,000.

A creative dialogue: 17 artists to showcase together in Taoyuan and reflect on the issues of our time

The 17 selected artists have diverse practices spanning painting, installation, and new media. They invite audiences to rediscover and reflect on various issues, from cultural identity, community, and global politics to history and the notion of time.

The finalists of the Taoyuan International Art Award are: LEE Tek Khean (Malaysia), WANG Yi Wei (Taiwan), KOO Bon A (Korea), Ray KIANG (USA), CHUANG Li Hao (Taiwan), Ana MENDES (Portugal), LIN Yan Xiang (Taiwan), CHANG Chih Chung (Taiwan), Lewis COLBURN (USA), Takahiko SUZUKI (Japan), Liva DUDAREVA (Latvia), Sara WU (Taiwan), Maria VARELA (Greece), CHIANG Chun Yi (Taiwan), TING Chaong Wen (Taiwan), Mizanur Rahman CHOWDHURY (Bangladesh), CHIEN Yu Jen (Taiwan). 

The award ceremony will take place following the opening of the exhibition on March 13, 2021. The event will be livestreamed via TMoFA’s Facebook and YouTube at 14:30 (GMT+8). During the exhibition period, the museums will also be launching a series of onsite events to invite the audience to have further engagement with the artists and artworks. 

ANA MENDES (Portugal)’s The People’s Collection is a project, initiated in 2014, in which people originating from colonized countries are invited to visit ethnographic museums worldwide and rethink their identity in a post-colonial context. At the end of the visit, they may choose an object that they think should be returned to the country of origin. Afterwards, Mendes visits the museum, photographs the objects and creates a collection of postcards that are named after each participant. It has been developed in over 20 museums worldwide, involving more than 100 participants.
ANA MENDES (Portugal)’s The People’s Collection is a project, initiated in 2014, in which people originating from colonized countries are invited to visit ethnographic museums worldwide and rethink their identity in a post-colonial context. At the end of the visit, they may choose an object that they think should be returned to the country of origin. Afterwards, Mendes visits the museum, photographs the objects and creates a collection of postcards that are named after each participant. It has been developed in over 20 museums worldwide, involving more than 100 participants.
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