Wu Tien-chang: Never Say Goodbye

Wu Tien ChangImage courtesy of Wu Tien-chang

Wu Tien-chang: Never Say Goodbye
Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Major solo exhibition by leading Taiwanese Artist WU Tien-chang
Presented by Taipei Fine Arts Museum of Taiwan

Taipei‘Wu Tien-chang: Never Say Goodbye’, Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, opening on 9 May, 2015 will be a major solo exhibition by leading Taiwanese artist WU Tien-chang at the Palazzo delle Prigioni.

Wu Tien ChangImage courtesy of Wu Tien-chang

Curated by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the exhibition, Never Say Goodbye, will feature a newly commissioned video installation Farewell, Spring and Autumn Pavilions along – side WU’s works of photography. Located at Palazzo delle Prigioni, a former prison inside the Palazzo Ducale, ‘WU Tien-chang: Never Say Goodbye’ will explore the atmosphere and particular sentiments of westernization in the post-war era of Taiwan, whilst also responding to shifts in the historical regime over the past century.

wu tien changImage courtesy of Wu Tien-chang

The new video installation Farewell, Spring and Autumn Pavilions will feature a haunting character wrapped in sensual and seductive latex skin which are both striking in colour and dark in their ghost-like fictitious nature. The resulting work will depict haunting scenes, imbedded in Wu’s interests in photographic theories, Taiwan’s complex history and culture and the history of the site itself. Apart from the video piece, a series of dramatic staged photographs will suggest memories and nostalgia embedded within everyone – reflecting the lingering presences in the prison who are reluctant to leave as they are torn between love and hate for the mortal realm.

Wu Tien changImage courtesy of Wu Tien-chang

Ms. Fang Mei-ching, Chief Curator of Taipei Fine Arts Museum said: “At the show, Wu uses the flamboyant and kitsch appearances of the ghostly figures on his photography works and video installation as disguises of charm to confide in the past pains that cannot be shouldered by the individual or the entire nation. On one hand, the intricate history of post-war Taiwan is revealed, and on the other hand the romantic aspiration for the future is projected. These seemingly parallel and opposing lines have struck a balance on a perfect crossing point at the presentation, by establishing a memorable dialogue within the exhibition space and venue.”

wu tien changImage courtesy of Wu Tien-chang

Exhibition 9 May – 22 November 2015 Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Closed Mondays)
Opening Thursday 7 May at 18:30 – 20:00
Venue Palazzo delle Prigioni, Castello 4209, San Marco, Venice, Italy

more. www.tfam.museum

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