Reporter: Wong Wei-Jhih/ Comprehensive Report
The joint opening ceremony for the Exhibition of Ink and Wash Paintings in Taiwan and Kinmen was held in the Cultural Affairs Bureau yesterday. More than 60 artists from Taiwan and Kinmen gathered together to put dazzling colors on the exhibition sites in the Cultural Affairs Bureau building with inks and brushes. It not only presents beautiful ink and wash paintings but also brings another art exhibition trend to the culturally profound Kinmen.
This exhibition, featuring a joint exhibition by Taiwan International Watercolor Society and Kinmen Art Society as well as a joint exhibition by the members of the Chinese Art Calligraphy and Painting Society, kicked off in the Cultural Affairs Bureau at 10:00 yesterday morning. County Government Secretary-General Lin De-Gong was invited to host the opening ceremony. Chairperson of the Jincheng Township Council Chen Tian-Cheng, Deputy Secretary-General of the Taiwan International Watercolor Society Lin Ren-Shan, Chairperson of the Chinese Art Calligraphy and Painting Society Huang Yan-Rong, Chairperson of the Kinmen Art Society Wong Cing-Tu, Dean of the College of Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, Liang Shiow-Chung, and Director of the Cultural Affairs Bureau Lyu Kun-He were also invited to give a speech in the ceremony.
About 100 works are on display this time. Some of the works are realistic, some freehand, and some abstract while they cover a wide range of topics. The paintings reveal the characteristics of different artists as some of them are traditional and some are of modernism. They interweave a mixture of multiple styles. These works, unfolding the dialogues between the painters and drawing papers, are of great interest and worth savoring!
According to the opening speech given by Lin De-Gong, Kinmen has a glorious history in literature since literature has been popular in Kinmen since the old time. After the abolishment of the Martial Law, the imprisoned mind of Kinmen people were freed, and more and more innovative art and cultural activities have been held. These activities not only bring vitality to the society in Kinmen but also enhance the spirit of the local people. This time, many master artists have come to Kinmen to hold an exhibition. It is not only the recognition of the artistic roots of Kinmen but also an encouragement to the development of “Cultural Kinmen”.
The Taiwan International Watercolor Society, which hosts the Exhibition of Ink and Wash Paintings in Taiwan and Kinmen, is one of the most important watercolor societies in Taiwan and has a history of 20 years. It is an important driving force to connect Taiwan’s local watercolor painting activities with international art groups. With members including almost all famous old, middle-aged and young watercolorists, the society is the leading group that promotes watercolor painting in Taiwan. Not only does it lead the creation of watercolor paintings in Taiwan, but it is also an influential organization abroad. It has more than 100 members now. Since Professor Lo Huei-Ming founded the society, it has been led by several directors, including Jheng Siang-Long, Su Sian-Fa, Huang Jin-Long and Guo Ming-Fu. It emphasizes the quality of watercolor painting and believes that true art respects diversity and does not make a distinction between classes. Its core value has attracted a number of art elites to join.
The Chinese Art Calligraphy and Painting Society, founded in 1977, is made up of a group of female art-lovers with a common interest. The missions of the society are to cultivate temperament, learn painting skills, promote Chinese culture and transform prevailing customs. Chairperson Huang Yan-Rong said in the opening ceremony that the society introduced artists in Kinmen to Taiwan two years ago, but this time they left Taiwan for Kinmen. She also stated that they would bring their calligraphy and painting works to Xiamen tomorrow to undertake intensive exchange activities with the painting societies in Mainland China.
Before the exhibition, members of the Chinese Art Calligraphy and Painting Society under the instruction of Liang Shiow-Chung, the society’s advisor and the former dean of the College of Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, co-created a landscape painting named “Green Peak, Snow-Covered Cliff and Springs.” They presented the painting as a gift to the Cultural Affairs Bureau yesterday, and County Government Secretary-General Lin De-Gong and Director of the Cultural Affairs Bureau Lyu Kun-He were the representatives to accept the gift.
Reporter: Wong Wei-Jhih/ Comprehensive Report