Shen Chao-Liang Stage Taipei Fine Arts Museum Taiwan

This Exhibition Has Ended

August 19, 2017
December 17, 2017
In the Gold Gallery, Floor 2L, and in the wing

Fourteen artists from Taiwan expose the lingering, often haunting effects of authoritarianism, social ideology, environmental disaster, international politics, and personal circumstances. Deploying artistic production to confront forces beyond an individual’s control, works by Yang Ying-Feng, Lee Tsai-Chien, Ju Ming, Hung Su-Chen, Mei Dean-E, Wu Tien-Chang, Ku Shih-Yung, Hung Tien-Yu, Shi Jin-Hua, Chen Cheng-Tsai, Shen Chao-Liang, Peng Hung-Chih, Chi Chien, and Huang Hai-Sin provoke varying responses, from protest and resistance to resilience and hope.

Thirty-eight years of martial law (1949–87) denied the people of Taiwan the rights of free assembly, free speech, and free press. During this time artists worked under intense political scrutiny, and after martial law was lifted found themselves navigating culturally fraught debates about national identity, all of which profoundly impacted art practice. The works in this exhibition, produced from the 1970s to the present, serve as reminders that coming to terms with the traumatic memories of authoritarian power, participating in the political discourse of an emerging democratic society, and struggling to defend human rights and responding to global climate change are part of shared human experience.

The theme of this exhibition corresponds to an initiative by Cornell’s Einaudi Center for International Studies to explore four themes over four semesters, beginning with “Haunting” in Fall 2017. A related conference, “Haunted: Temporalities of History and Image in Asia,” jointly organized by faculty from the Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asia programs, was held on November 3 and 4.


This exhibition, jointly organized by the Johnson Museum of Art and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, was cocurated by An-yi Pan, associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell, and Liu Yung-Jen, curator at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, with the assistance of Ellen Avril, chief curator and curator of Asian art at the Johnson. Major support for the exhibition and catalogue was provided by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan).