25 Years Museum Collection

Since it opened in 1983, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum has collected more than 4,000 works of art. In 2008 the Museum staff selected 34 classic representative works from the Museum’s history and cureted a special exhibition, the "Jewels of 25 Years Museum Collection," a permanent collection exhibition held on the 2nd floor of the Museum for the enjoyment of art lovers and art professionals from Taiwan and abroad. Although the interpretation of these works will change along with the times, they currently represent the best that the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and its research team have to offer.

The 34 pieces in the 2009 “Jewels of 25 Years Museum Collection” were selected based on a consideration of art history and the relationship between different media. In combination with the overall exhibition design, the area is divided into seven spaces that illustrate the development of Taiwan art history. They also show how Taiwan art circles adapted to a variety of cultural impact, and the new humanistic spirit and local specialty that they emerged with.

During Japanese colonial period

The exhibition begins with important works created during Japanese colonial period, including selections of Teiten(Imperial Exhibition) by Chen Cheng-Po and Liao Chi-Chun, awarded works reated by Yen Shui-Long and Liu Chi-Hsiang while they studying in France, large works of Kuo Hsueh-Hu, Lin Yu-Shan, Chen Chin, and Lin Chih-Chu.

After the World War II

Audiences can move on to the next area and experience the transformation that occurred (during the Japanese colonial period) after the World War II, which features Lee Shih-Chiao's "Happy Farmers," a realistic depiction of society, as well as outstanding works by Lee Mei-Shu, Kuo Po-Chuan, and Chen Hue-Ken.

Ton-Fan & the Fifth Moon Group

Next are Hsia Yan and Han Hsiang-Ning, two representative artists that belonged to the 1950s artist groups, the Ton-Fan Group and the Fifth Moon Group. The pieces displayed were painted in 1970 on the streets of the United States, where the artists used the realistic photographic technique popular at the time to depict the feelings of living in an alien land.

Huang Tu-Shui - Sakya

"Sakya" is a work by Taiwan's most important modern sculptor, Huang Tu-Shui.His work simply and powerfully reveals the great pity to human beings.

After the end of martial law

There is another large-scale painting that portrays man's search for redemption after the end of martial law in Taiwan, as well as Yang Mao-Lin's “Zealandia Memorandum L9301,” Huang Chin-Ho's "Fire," which constructs Taiwan's aesthetic mission, Wu Tien-Chang's "Five Phases of President Chiang Ching-Kuo," Hou Chun-Ming's "God's Searching," which explores man's original desires, and Huang Chih-Yang's "Space Series," which features traditional banners that are hung during folk sacrificial rituals. All the works provide viewers with a feast for the eyes and a jolt for the spirit.

Video installation - Lingchi

Chen Chieh-Jen's video installation, "Lingchi-Echoes of a Historical Photograph," is exhibited, a work that received tremendous praise at the 2002 Taipei Biennial and that was exhibited at FLAC in Paris. It is hoped that audiences will calmly and soberly look at the relationship between history and Taiwan contemporary society.

Eastern spirit

Another exhibition space attempts to show how an Eastern spirit can be incorporated into modern forms and the increasingly abstract nature of modern art; works include Chen Ting-Shi's "Lust of Life," which attempts to use powerful, abstract, block forms to hint at the sun and moon, mountains and rivers; there is also Liu Kuo-Sung's ink and wash painting, "Rhythmic Flow," which uses a free cursive style that forms abstract brush strokes depicting outer space; and Ju Ming's series of Taichi works.

Artists to Taiwan from China

In the final room are artists who came to Taiwan from China, who portray the traditional beauty of poems, books, and paintings. Yu You-Ren's cursive has an open-minded generosity; Chiang Chao-Shen's running script is refined and unrestrained. Chen Chi-Kwan's uses a Western architectural space concept along with an Eastern calligraphic style, and he raises ink and wash painting to a new level. Fu Juan-Fu has observed Taiwan's mountains and rivers for years, and his work "lie-xia cun brush-stroke" represents a significant contribution to Taiwan's ink paintings from nature. Lang Ching-Shan is an important photographer from modern China. His work "Hermitage" is composed by a giant pine and the artist Chang Dai-chien. They not only have an ink and wash effect, but also portray the desire at the beginning of the 20th century to fuse modern and traditional culture.