“Taoyuan International Art Award” exhibition, the highlight exhibition of Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts (TMoFA) will open on 13 March 2021 at Taoyuan Arts Center, showcasing the works of 17 finalists. The open call has attracted more than 600 applications from 46 countries. It is the very first international award from the city that eyes on promoting artistic creations from around the globe and to build up an exchange platform for the participating artists.
Their works of the finalists come in different practices includes paintings, installations, new media artworks and performance. They invite the audiences to re-discover and reflect on the various issues from cultural identity, community, history, global politics, the notion of time, and to re-experience how the artists express their thoughts and feelings through different materials and methods of creation.
The finalists of the Taoyuan International Art Award are LEE Tek Khean(Malaysia), WANG Yi Wei (Taiwan), KOO Bon A (Korea), Ray KIANG (U.S.A), CHUANG Li Hao (Taiwan), Ana MENDES (Portugal), LIN Yan Xiang (Taiwan), CHANG Chih Chung (Taiwan), Lewis COLBURN (U.S.A), Takahiko SUZUKI (Japan), Liva DUDAREVA (Lativia), Sara WU (Taiwan), Maria VARELA (Greece), CHIANG Chun Yi (Taiwan), TING Chaong Wen (Taiwan), Mizanur Rahman CHOWDHURY (Bangladesh), CHIEN Yu Jen (Taiwan).
TMoFA is the foremost and the long-anticipated art institution of the growing city of Taoyuan. With the city being part of the 6 special municipalities in Taiwan, the importance of the award is undeniable, and it will only be the first step among the museum’s future programs to connect with the international art scene.
With an expectation to strengthen international exchanges and to provide full freedom of expression, the award accepts application worldwide. The entry to The Taoyuan International Art Award is not limited to material, category, or size as long as the submission would be a new work that has yet been exhibited nor recognized by other awards. It is organized biannually, and the upcoming open call is scheduled to be in June 2022.