Art Histories of a Forever War: Modernism between Space and Home


Guest Curators: Kathleen Elizabeth Li-Ying Ditzig, Fang-Tze Hsu


The exhibition is an exploration of  modern art in postwar Taiwan and the enduring resonances of this historical milieu. Paying tribute to a generation of pioneer practitioners in Taiwan art history who crystalised modern art through a series of artistic breakthroughs and debates, the exhibition foregrounds the modern art masterpieces housed in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, including works of Li Yuan-Chia, Chin Sung, Liu Kuo-Sung, Hsiao Chin, Lee Shi-Chi, and Han Hsiang-Ning as well as works by modernist architects Wang Da Hong and Chen Chi-Kwan. Presented alongside archives and modern artworks, research-based artworks by Erika Tan (Singapore/United Kingdom), Sung Tieu (Vietnam/Germany), Maria Taniguchi (Philippines), Yin-Ju Chen (Taiwan), Prajakta Potnis (India), Aya Rodriguez-Izumi (Okinawaa/USA) Doris Wong Wai Yin (Hong Kong), Writing FACTory (Taiwan) in collaboration with Joy Ho (Singapore) and Joanne Ho (Singapore), and Yee I-Lann (Borneo) explicates the lacunas of ‘modern’ history. From household objects to the museum collection, the exhibition points to the persistent legacy of a forever war that emerged from the Cold War convergence of art, design and technology and which continue to define how we imagine better living, a homeland and making this planet home.