Great Beauty on Earth
Chiang Hsun Solo Exhibition
蔣勳 1947 年生於西安，成長於臺灣。文化大學史學系、藝術研究所畢業。1972 年赴法國巴黎大學藝術研究所，1983年創立東海大學美術系並擔任系主任。數十年來推廣文化與美學教育，為整個華語世界的觀眾與讀者，帶來廣泛的啟發。蔣勳文筆清麗流暢並具感性與理性之美，出版過數本深受歡迎的小說、散文、藝術史、美學論述。在傳播美學的同時，蔣勳也一直從事藝術創作，他的創作源於生活，在藝術裡融合入獨特的”文學性”的氣息。臺灣 的太魯閣，淡水的風景，日出與日暮，在蔣勳的作品裡，都是心情的寫照。2014 年，蔣勳應「臺灣好基金會」的邀請，擔任池上駐村藝術家。位於花東縱谷的池上是臺灣有名的稻米之鄉，幾百公頃的稻田在終年不斷的風中翻浪， 遠處山丘白雲連綿。蔣勳畫下了這樣的風景，寫下了詩句。種種與「天地」、「生活」有關的歲月記載，在詩、書、畫相互自在的交流融通的結合背後，是一個開闊的藝術生命的態度。
Great Beauty on Earth Chiang Hsun Solo Exhibition
Exhibition Dates：14 October – 16 December, 2018
Opening：Sunday, 14 October, 15:00- 18:00
From 10/14 to 12/16, Michael Ku Gallery in Taipei will have the honor of holding Chiang Hsun’s solo exhibition “Great Beauty on Earth.” This exhibition is a continuation of Chiang Hsun’s first solo exhibition in China which was held in June at Christie’s, Shanghai. The year 2018 marks Chiang Hsun’s seventieth year on Earth, and his exhibition will retrospectively explore “art and life” through his oils, ink and wash paintings, and calligraphy works. His first solo exhibition in Shanghai — met with critical acclaim and popular success — was the result of decades of cultural accumulation and aesthetic exploration. His artistic expression ranges from meticulous to uninhibited, from subtle to bold. One can see the spirit of Chinese calligraphy within his paintings that employ Western media such as oil on canvas and from his calligraphy works and even trace the artist’s journey through life and emotions. Possessing a unique aura of personability, Chiang Hsun is always keen to connect with kindred spirits who share his love for culture and art. In addition to exhibiting select works from his Shanghai exhibition, the present exhibition will also reveal several new and exciting works that Chiang Hsun has yet to share with the world.
Born in Xi’an and raised in Taiwan, Chiang graduated from the Department of History and the Art Institute of the Chinese Culture University. In 1972, he studied at the Art Institute of University of Paris in France before moving back to Taiwan to found the Department of Fine Arts at Tunghai University, becoming its first dean in 1985. Chiang has been an active advocate for wider cultural and aesthetic education, working to enlighten audiences in the Chinese-speaking world. With a lucid, elegant and fluent writing style imbued with the beauty of sense and sensibility, Chiang has published a range of popular novels, essay collections, and literary works on art history and aesthetics. In recent years, Chiang Hsun has also used audiobooks as a medium through which to share his interpretations of Chinese poetry and literary classics, generating great resonance and impact among the Chinese-speaking public.
In addition to being a leading theorist on art and aesthetics, Chiang Hsun is also an active art maker whose inspiration stems from daily life and has a distinct literary flavor. His work mirrors his moods, depicting subjects such as Taroko Gorge, the scenery of Tam Sui, and sunrises in Taiwan. In 2014, Chiang Hsun was invited by the Lovely Taiwan Foundation to be an artist-in-residence in Chishang township, situated in the Eastern Rift Valley. As Chishang is famous for the cultivation of rice, the town’s rolling paddy fields, distant hills, and flowing clouds were all captured and reproduced by Chiang Hsun in his paintings and poems. Chiang’s records of time, life and the universe, expressed through the interplay between poetry, calligraphy and paintings, in turn conveys his open attitude towards art and life.
About Michael Ku Gallery
Founded by Michael Ku in 2008, Michael Ku Gallery plays a leading and vital role in Taiwan’s gallery scene of new generation. The Gallery presents artists and exhibitions ranging from Taiwanese contemporary art, connecting with Chinese contemporary art deriving from Mainland China then extending to Asian contemporary art covering both Southeast Asian and Japanese contemporary art. On the basis of the language of international contemporary art, the Gallery considers and pursues the unique features from Taiwan’s local culture in order to bring out the current circumstances. The Gallery is also dedicated to working with the artists on developing the future paths of arts, tries to suggest new possibilities with the exhibitions, or to presents subtly the core subjects that the artists explore and the nature of the artwork during the creative process.
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