International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2022 R.O.C.
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International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2022 R.O.C.

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International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2022 R.O.C.
日曆圖案 2022/08/27 09:00 ~ 2022/11/20 18:00
googleMap連結 301、302 Gallery 

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International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2022 R.O.C. is advised by the Ministry of Culture and organized by National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA). Held consecutively over four decades without any interruption, its mission is to promote print art, facilitate international cultural exchange, and foster the pluralistic development of print art. This year marks the 20th edition of the event as one of the lonest-standing print biennials in the world.

 

The staging of this edition coincided with the sudden scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing it onto the frontier of new trends and reforms including the first-ever online Stage One selection and the organizers covering the shipping costs of artworks. These pandemic-driven workarounds contributed to enhancing ease in participation and aligned Taiwan with similar international shifts.

 

A total 0f 1011 entries from 79 countries were received, and 187 were shortlisted by the preliminary selection. The final selection then handpicked 180 entries from 50 countries for exhibition. Fifteen works will be showcased at NTMoFA between this August and November and they include the prizewinners of Gold, Silver, Bronze, 2 Jury’s Specials, 5 Merits and 5 Honorable Mentions.

 

The jurors were unanimous in their staunch recognition of the prolific number, magnificent quality, diverse styles, and exquisite and innovative techniques demonstrated by the submissions. Evident pandemic-related contemplations and concerns also fittingly reflect the turmoil of our times. Mirroring and melding the collective societal consternation, their tonal and thematic proclivity reflect the sublimation of the zeitgeist by their authors into poised and stabilizing creative forces carrying messages of consolation.

 

Aside from local Taiwanese artists, prizewinners came from Asian countries including Japan and China, from Europe including France, Ukraine, the UK, Poland, Germany, and Spain, and from the Central and South Americas including Columbia and Cuba. The wide-ranging cultural context is aptly portrayed by a plethora of interpretative perspectives and artistic lexicons. To add to the mix, a couple of young winners in their twenties offer the creative imprints of the new generation. Both of them, interestingly, concerned themselves with the theme of decay and the fleeting of time in their dialectical elucidation of the aesthetics of ruins.

 

The overrepresentation of large sizes among the prizewinners indicates their author's ambition to take full advantage of the organizers' maximum limit. In terms of techniques, they range from tradition relief, intaglio, lithography, and stencil to innovative products of the era such as digital and combined methods, corroborating the vibrant energy in print art and the heterogeneity resulting from ever-evolving styles. The topics explored comprise profound probe and introspection of one's inner world, questioning and investigation of spatiotemporal circumstances, and unadulterated scrutiny in formal aesthetics. These eclectic insights or discourses, through creative transliteration, are all remolded into light, shadow, and colors across aesthetic dimensions.

 

Finally, a debt of gratitude is owed to each advisor and juror from both stages: LIU Hsi-Chuan, Ava Pao-Shia HSUEH, LU Yen-Ching, YANG Ming- Dye, Lesley DUXBURY, NI Chao-Lung, SHAIH Lifa, LO Pin-Ho, Manray HSU, CHANG Chia-Yu (J.C.), CHEN Shiau-Peng, and KAO Shih-Heng. We would also like to extend sincere thanks to participants around the world for their support and contribution and congratulations to all the winners. The Exhibit shall continue to fulfill its role as a platform of exchange and dialogue for print art and attest to as well as enrich its expression.

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