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By National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

The Sculpture Park (2020-02-05) by National Taiwan Museum of Fine ArtsNational Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts covers an area of about 10 hectares, and the Sculpture Park exhibits works of Taiwanese artists.

Yuan (by Li Tzai-chian) (1994) by Li Tzai-chianNational Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

Looking like the English letter “W”, "Yuan" is made up of a few rectangular shapes welded together on various sides. Garnished with industrial red paint, the bright, eye-catching artwork fits well with its surroundings.

Concentric Circles (1994) by Shu Li-shienNational Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

The semi-realistic nude female sculpture takes the shape of a round circle. It is easy to see that it consists of arches, straight lines, and organic masses of different sizes. The artwork exudes a sense of continuous motion.

Shie Dung-liang “Exhibit” (1988) by 謝棟樑National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

“Exhibit” is a representative work of art in the “Circle” series by artist Shie Dung-liang. The sculpture explains the theory of “Yin and Yang, opening up and closing down” in Taichi. With one circle closing off and the other reaching out, there seems to be an ongoing rhythm about extension here, and Yin and Yang overlapping each other. The design of the sculpture shows an old saying “in a circle, there is a square,” and “with curves and lines, there comes a circle.” Through unity and change, tradition and modernity complement one another here.

Concentration(I) (1994) by Li kuang-yuNational Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

“Concentration (I)” has a strong religious sentiment. Resting in a square blank of a wall on the right hand side of the museum’s entrance.

The Buddha head peacefully leans itself on its graceful mellow palm, regardless how quickly the white clouds in the blue sky flow by behind. In this busy outdoor area, it delivers a sense of tranquility, serving as the most attractive image of the museum entrance.

Yun-Yung(The Cloud that Owns the sky) (1994) by Wang Ching-taiNational Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

For its fun and mellow shape, bronze sculpture “Yun-Yung” is less heavy or cold than it otherwise can be. Instead, it feels amiable to visitors.

The girl sculpture is curvy like a cloud, and her straight braids seem to dance with winds. This makes her look joyous and innocent. The artwork speaks both abstract and figural vocabulary. Presenting the sculpture in a humorous way, whilst using a personalized artistic language, the artist well expresses his inner feelings.

Luckiness (1994) by Shie Dung-liangNational Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

“Luckiness” uses curves and a circle to show a sense of integration. The bronze sculpture comes with the color of dark red, making it look like a pomegranate. In Chinese culture, the fruit suggests “plenty of offspring.” The hollow space allows children to climb in, enabling this outdoor sculpture to be a part of visitors’ daily-life experiences. Traditional Chinese cultural elements such as the “general,” the “advisor,” and the “elephant” of Chinese chess, as well as persimmons, are also presented here to indicate “plenty of children, grandchildren, and blessings.”

What’s more, the artwork looks like a big bird ready to fly up to the sky when appreciated from afar – this suggests positive, rising strength.

Man Vs. House Anxiety (1994) by Liou Bo-tsuenNational Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

This artwork shows a simple rectangular frame and a curled-up human figure within it.

Tilted outside the museum, the artwork indicates that, while modern civilization seems like a safe and solid “home” to many, and people often become prisoners in confined space. The human soul, oppressed and floating in a complicated way like the curled-up figure here, becomes all the more restless.

Recall (1994) by Tsau YaNational Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

“Recall” takes a surrealist approach to express human emotions, allowing spectators to interpret it freely and differently.

Red Iron Egg (2005) by Li Liang-renNational Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

Laser-cut round and oblong iron plates ingeniously formulate this egg-shaped artwork.

The red color suggests that this is a passionate heart, while the shape indicates it can also be an airship ready for departure or a red bomb going to go off. It celebrates the coming of an auspicious New Year.

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