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2019
02/10
Lunar New Year prints to greet Moscow museum-goers
The Moscow-based State Museum of Oriental Art and the Ministry of Culture's Russian branch office have curated a special Lunar New Year exhibition offering Taiwanese prints from Jan. 23 through Feb. 17.   Featuring prints ranging from woodcut and lithography to silkscreens and digital creations, "Oriental Calendar" will feature over 20 works from the collections of the Taipei-based Yangxi Art Gallery (揚曦藝術空間) and the Taichung-based National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the latter of which holds an annual competition for printmaking on the Eastern zodiac animal of the coming year.   Several competition-winning works will be included in this exhibit, while other pieces were selected for their unique aesthetics, innovative printmaking techniques, and incorporation of auspicious symbols such as citruses and gold coins that represent wealth and prosperity.     Tatyana Metaxa, deputy director of the Moscow museum, noted that exhibitiongoers have demonstrated a deep interest in previous exhibitions featuring the 12 animals of the Eastern zodiac, and that Taiwanese art of such quality is rarely made available in Russia.   Keng Chung-yung (耿中庸), Taiwan's representative to Russia, added that Lunar New Year celebrations will soon be held all across Asia, and extended an invite to all exhibitiongoers to experience the festivities in Taiwan, as Russian tourists can now enjoy visa-free entry for visits of up to 14 days.     Spearheaded by the Moscow branch office, exhibitions featuring Lunar New Year prints from Taiwan have recently graced the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Irkutsk Regional Art Museum in eastern Russia, and the Novosibirsk State Art Museum in southwest Siberia.   After Moscow, "Eastern Calendar" will next be displayed in the National Museum of the Republic of Buryatia in Ulan-Ude from Feb. 7 through March 15. «Восточный календарь» Date: Jan. 23 – Feb. 17, 2019 Venue: Государственный музей Востока Address: 119019, Москва, Никитский бульвар, д.12а Site: http://www.orientmuseum.ru/exhibitions/archive/-item=640.aspx
2019
01/15
New York film center to screen experimental Taiwan documentaries
Date:2019/01/18   The Anthology Film Archives in New York will screen two early Taiwanese films from the 1930s and 1960s by Liu Na'ou (劉吶鷗), an enigmatic individual known for his pure and poetic take on cinema, and Pai Ching-jui (白景瑞), a Taiwanese pioneer of Italian neorealism, on Jan. 18.   Liu (1905 – 1940) was a Tainan-born and Japan-educated novelist and filmmaker who was associated with the "soft film" movement of 1930s Shanghai. From managing bookstores and publishing magazines to scriptwriting and film directing, he helped to introduce new theories from European cinema. Liu was assassinated under mysterious circumstances at the age of 35.   Liu's sole surviving film "The Man Who Has A Camera (持攝影機的男人)" contains five episodes: People, Tokyo, Sightseeing, Canton, and Parade. Originally shot on 9.5mm stock, the experimental documentary was donated to the Taiwan Film Institute by Liu's grandson, and was released episode by episode upon restoration.   Pai (1931 – 1997) studied filmmaking in Rome during the late 1950s, and became deeply influenced by Italian Neorealism. Although he helped usher forth a period of "healthy realism" in Taiwanese cinema, his own early works in the 1960s stood out for their avant-garde approach to video experimentation and choice of subject matter.   One of such works, "A Morning in Taipei (台北之晨)," was shot by Pai in 1964 upon returning from Italy and begins with the neon lights of Taipei City being swallowed by dawn. The lens traverses through parks, churches, markets, and factories before following the morning paper in joining the breakfast routine of a small middle-class family.   The two screenings are part of the "Cities Symphonies" series organized by the Anthology Film Archives to showcase classics from the 1920s and 1930s, where the eponymous genre began to take shape and evolve.
2018
12/18
New York-based artist residency seeking applicants from Taiwan
Date:2018/11/30~2018/12/30 PrintFBgoogle plustwitteremail     Application Guidelines for Artist Residency at Triangle Arts Association 2019   I. The Taipei Cultural Center (TCC) in New York, through a grant from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, offers for one Taiwanese or Taiwan-based visual artist/collective/curator a three-month artist-in-residency opportunity in 2019 at the Triangle Arts Association in Brooklyn, New York.   II. About the residency The term of the residency is three months, from March 1 to May 31, 2019. Triangle Arts Association provides the artist/curator/collective with a private studio space and 24-hour access to all communal facilities, as well as an open studio event during the residency. The field trips and curator visits offer invaluable access to international and local networks, as well as professional conversations and critique.   III. Applicant Qualification   Prerequisites:   Applicants must be Republic of China (Taiwan) nationals, and not banned from travelling abroad due to mandatory military service or other legal restrictions; Non-student, including those who are taking leaves of absence from school; Have not participated in any artist-in-residency program sponsored by the Ministry of Culture or Taipei Cultural Center in New York in the past three years. Additional merits: proof of proficiency in English language (Accepted forms include TOFEL, CPE, TOEIC, GEPT, and IELTS.)   IV. Instructions for applying   Dates and Deadline: The open call runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30, 2018. Application deadline is Dec. 30, 2018 at 23:59 Taipei time (10:59am New York time). Late applications will not be accepted. Applications should be submitted online, and all materials, including CVs, should be in English and Chinese unless stated otherwise. V. Application materials include:   Bio, which should cover the applicant’s background, practice, significant accomplishments; in English (max. 300 words) and Chinese (max. 500 words). Artist’s statement, in English (max. 300 words) and Chinese (max. 500 words). Project plan for the residency, in English (max. 450) and Chinese (max. 750 words). What do you want from the program, and what can you bring to a small dialogue-based residency? (In English, max. 200 words) Images of your work: Images should be named with your artwork title in English, max. 10 photos. URLs: Links to applicant’s personal website or video work, max. 3. Two professional references: Information should include full name, position title, organization (if applicable), phone number, email address, and a short sentence stating your relationship to the reference. Please ensure that you have permission from the references. No need to include recommendation letters. VI. Selection procedure A local art professional, together with two TCC representatives, will review all eligible applications and decide on a short list of 8 to 10. Triangle Arts Association will review the finalists’ applications and select the winner of the residency grant. Video interviews may be arranged if necessary. The result will be announced in late January, 2019.   VII. Fees, stipends, and funding for the residency   Residency fee: The monthly residency fee for the artist-in-residence will be paid to Triangle Arts Association by the TCC. Travel expenses and arrangements: The residency grant convers round trip air tickets between where the grantee is based and New York with a cap of $1700. In the event that an artist collective is selected, the collective is responsible for other members’ travel expenses. Living stipend: A monthly stipend of $2000 is provided to the grantee. Project fee: A total of $1,000 is provided to the grantee. Visa: The grant convers one person’s visa application fee. Travel accident insurance cost: The grant covers the cost of one person’s travel accident plan with a maximum protection of NTD 4 million. VIII. Others   A written agreement will be made between the grantee and TCC, specifying the conditions of the residency. TCC and Triangle Arts Association will assist the grantee with their visa application. The grantee is responsible for travel and insurance arrangements, as well as for accommodation during the residency in New York. The grantee should submit a residency report detailing the development of the proposed project, major activities during the residency, as well as overall reflections and opinions/suggestions within one month of the residency (June 30, 2019). In the event that the grantee has to leave the residency for more than 7 days or drop out from the residency, the grantee should inform the TCC and Triangle Arts Association in advance and obtain TCC’s written consent, or risk cancelation of the residency.   Please note that the English version is a translation of the Mandarin guidelines. The Mandarin version shall prevail in case of discrepancies. Artist Residency at Triangle Arts Association 2019 Contact: ellenko@moc.gov.tw  Online Application: https://event.culture.tw/MOC/portal/Registration/ Taipei Cultural Center in New York: https://ny.us.taiwan.culture.tw/ Triangle Arts Association: http://www.triangle-arts-association.org/residency 
2018
12/02
Spanish samples of Taiwan publications at Guadalajara fair
Date:2018/11/24~2018/12/02 PrintFBgoogle plustwitteremail     The Ministry of Culture and the Taipei International Book Exhibition Foundation have teamed up to offer translated Spanish samples of Taiwanese publications at the upcoming Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico.   To help introduce Taiwan authors and illustrators to an estimated 437 million Spanish speakers around the world, the Taiwan pavilion will offer 41 titles that are either already available in Spanish, have licensing agreements with publishing houses in Spanish-speaking regions, or are presented with sample translations in Spanish.   Of these 41 titles, 10 are picture books specially selected by Quetzal León, artistic director of the Mexican branch of Spanish publishing house SM Foundation. Featured author Lee Chin-lun's "Spit the Seeds," about a young piglet worried about the possibility of swallowed fruit pits sprouting inside his body, is included on his recommended list.   Lee, a 25-year veteran of illustrating picture books and an aficionado of furry household companions, will join Taiwanese graphic artist 61Chi to hold autographing and sketching sessions at the Taiwan pavilion in Guadalajara. Lee has also been invited to participate in an international panel featuring Argentinian, Mexican, and Spanish illustrators at the book fair.   The pavilion itself will offer eight curated sections devoted to Taiwan's culture, recommended illustrators, children's books, comics and graphic novels, Spanish samples of Taiwan literature, copyright and licensing opportunities, Taiwanese publishing companies, and digital publications.   Representing 55 publishing houses and 462 publications from Taiwan, the pavilion will host an opening reception on the eve of Nov. 27 to welcome heavyweight editors and publishers from Spanish-speaking regions and introduce them to the wonderful world of Taiwan literature.   2018 marks the sixth year that Taiwan will be participating in the Guadalajara International Book Fair. To deepen Taiwan’s exchanges with Spanish and Portuguese speakers, the Ministry of Culture is offering both a grants program for cultural exchanges with Latin American and Caribbean regions, and a translation stipend for making Taiwan literature more accessible to Spanish and Portuguese readers.   Taiwan Pavilion @ Guadalajara 2018 Date: Nov. 24 – Dec. 2, 2018 Booth: #13, International Hall II Recommended Titles: EN/ES Booklet