This exhibition shows diverse and innovative techniques of Taiwanese craft. The craftsmanship that has been inherited through generations demonstrates excellence and éclat refined in time. These craft masters have continued the ideal of “modernizing tradition and life-oriented works” promoted by Mr. Yen Shui-Lung, Father of Taiwanese craft. In the vast array of crafts, the masters base their work on traditional procedures and techniques and persist in experimenting and refining their craftsmanship to break through the existing frame of current thinking in craft making. The eighteen treasures include the work of Lin Pao-Chia, who is known as Father of modern pottery in Taiwan and for his unique technique of “colored glaze;” a multi-functional table and chair set that integrates different artistries created by Li Jung-Lieh, who has mastered the crafts of bamboo, wood, and lacquer; and Wang Ching-Shuang’s mellow and rounded lacquer bottle created with bodiless dry lacquer and lacquer painting techniques, which symbolizes a perfect life. Audiences would also see the works of other masters, including Wang Han-Sung, Wu Tun-Hou, Li Sung-Lin, Li Jin-Sheng, Shih Chen-Yang, Tuan An-Kuo, Chen Wan-Neng, Tseng Feng-Chu, Huang Kuo-Shu, Huang Tu-Shan, Tsai Jung-Yu, Lai Kao-Shan, and Su Shi-Hsiung. Through this exhibition, audiences could not only learn about practical craft works inspired by life, but their minds would also be nourished by the aesthetics embedded in the craftsmanship as the exhibition introduces and elaborates on various techniques.
The curatorial design begins with “the Cultural Aspect of Craft,” and sub-categorizes natural materials in artistic creation, introducing how the craft masters use different materials to express their creative ideas and outstanding techniques. The exhibition is divided into seven sub-topics, which are “Woodcarving – Inheritance, Persistence in Details,” “Ceramics – Warm Color, Wisdom of Forms,” “Tin – Heroic Posture, Innovation on Structure,” “Bamboo Weaving – Ingenuity, Daily Organic Shapes,” “Lacquerware – Timelessness, The Essence of Beauty,” “Leather Sculpture – Soul, Integration with Art,” and “Paper Lantern Painting – Artistry, Playfulness and Resonance.” Each of the sub-topic guides audiences into the historic and local traditional crafts and to comprehend the creative concepts and contexts behind the works of all craft masters. Another section in the exhibition focuses on young audiences that come to the exhibition, and shortens the distance between them and the exhibition through the design and craft workshops on the third floor. As the exhibition connects Taiwanese traditional craft and contemporary life, it also transforms the spirit of these craft treasures into the living aesthetics for the audiences, evoking the ideal of “returning craft artistry to the daily life.”
NCTRI, Taipei Branch aims to construct the subjectivity of Taiwanese craft culture and praises itself as “the Contemporary Palace Museum.” The Institute hopes to create more opportunities for audiences to see first-class craft works at close range through themed exhibitions, to know the profound craft culture and refined craftsmanship, and to comprehend the importance of preserving craft cultural assets while creating a trend to visit Taiwanese craft exhibitions, amplifying the stimulation and imagination of value-added application in culture and art industry, and opening up more diverse possibilities for handicrafts. This time, a special selection activity of the treasures in the collection is held, and the NCTRI invites everyone to select unique works from the Institute’s collection, elevating them into craft works of classic aesthetics that cross generations and simultaneously embody both professional and academic preservation value as well as universal aesthetic value.
Title：Triumph over Adversity
Material：Clay, White Engobe
Title：Door Deities (Sheng-Shu and Yu-Lu)
Material：Tin, Bronze, Copper, Jade Stone Copper, Tin and Gold Foil
Title：The Great Wind Blows
Material：Bamboo, Bamboo Sheath, Rattan Core, Rattan Peel, Natural Lacquer, Wood Beads