The YES, TAIWAN – 2012 Taiwan Biennial officially opens on October 6 at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. This year marks the third biennial for this exhibition with a central focus on the current state of artists and creative development in Taiwan. The bi-annual research and exhibition is an opportunity for observation of and discussion on the diversity and immediacy of contemporary Taiwanese art, and for the exploration of groundbreaking cultural visions and artistic potential.
The 2012 Taiwan Biennial continues in the spirit of the YES, TAIWAN event set forth since 2010, with the exposition and exhibition of Taiwanese visual art and art works as a foundation for research. The works have been organized into five thematic categories: Exploring the Everyday, Addressing Social Issues, Artistic Reflections, Evolving Traditions, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration. These 130 works/series by 39 artists (teams) provide an important cross-section through which to observe the morphology of contemporary Taiwanese art.
The exhibited works display the spectrum of creative expressions, from personal concerns to the collective cares, of Taiwan’s artists. Works that come from day-to-day experiences can simultaneously reveal a glimpse into the overall gestalt of contemporary Taiwanese art. The works often reflect the collective regional, environmental and social consciousness, and in addition, many works are influenced both by social issues and by the artists’ conscious social participation. The re-thinking and re-formation of traditional aesthetics that arise from a long term investment in artistic operations continues to be realized in the work of many artists. The different aesthetic trends contribute to the significance of a Taiwanese art in progress.
YES, TAIWAN – 2012 Taiwan Biennial is a platform for exchange that belongs to all artists in Taiwan, to display the richness of the artistic heritage on this land. It is an accumulation of countless “contemporary” discussions and documentations that bear witness to how Taiwanese artists express Taiwan’s cultural momentum through an innovative stylistic vocabulary and a depth of cultural concern. And additionally, provide a comprehensive wealth of materials for the future writing of Taiwanese art history.