(In)visible: the Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art 形(無)形: 台灣當代藝術的靈性世界

MOA launched its Spotlight Taiwan Project in 2014, a new initiative that focuses on Taiwan’s complex and multicultural identity. MOA is now poised to host a highly anticipated exhibition of contemporary art from Taiwan, (In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art.

2014 年,加拿大不列顛哥倫比亞大學人類學博物館 (MOA) 發起「台灣文化光點計畫」,該計畫是專門研討台灣複雜多元文化認同的創舉。 MOA即將舉辦期待已久的台灣當代藝術展:《形(無)形: 台灣當代藝術的靈性世界》。


About the exhibition

Against a backdrop of skyscrapers and mountains, ghosts and spirits haunt the island of Taiwan. Deities reside in a variety of shrines and temples or forms of natural phenomena across the island. Known for its democracy, contemporary Taiwan embraces different, often hybrid, beliefs expressed and practiced in myriad fashion. Taiwan’s urban and rural life cycles are filled with rituals and ceremonies of various faiths ranging from Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism to Christianity, Chinese folk religions and animistic beliefs of Taiwan’s Aboriginal peoples. While religion affects, challenges and intermingles with the secular world, myths, legends and fairytales add other layers to the spiritual world of Taiwan.

Taiwan is home to sixteen officially recognized Aboriginal groups of Austronesian peoples and Han Chinese of various backgrounds as well as other long-term settlers and recent immigrants. Throughout its history, outside forces—Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, and Japanese—have taken a turn to ‘discover’, settle in or occupy Taiwan. They introduced or forced different religions or brought myths and legends to the island with them. As with other East Asian countries, it is common to blend different religious practices in Taiwan. The spiritual world is very much part of life and has also been the source for creative inspiration in Taiwan.

(In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art explores how traditional and religious beliefs and modern values are integrated in this vibrant country. The exhibition features works by seven contemporary Taiwanese artists, who express and visualize religious beliefs, myths and the spiritual world with modern sensitivities.



開展日期: 2015年11月20日- 2016年4月3日





《形(無)形: 台灣當代藝術的靈性世界 》探討傳統,宗教信仰與現代價值觀在這充滿活力的國家裡如何融合在一起。此展覽將展出七位台灣當代藝術家,他們的作品都以具有現代意識的視覺表達了各類宗教信仰,神話傳說與靈性世界。


Participating artists 參展藝術家:

Anli Genu / 安力‧給怒

Charwei Tsai / 蔡佳葳

Chiu Yu-Wen / 邱雨玟

Li Jiun-Yang / 李俊陽

Tu Wei-Cheng / 涂維政

Yuma Taru / 尤瑪‧達陸

Walis Labai /瓦歷斯‧拉拜


All programs are free with museum admission.


April 3, 2016, 2:30 – 4:30pm

Artists’ Creative Response to the Exhibition 

Venue: Michael Ames Theatre at MOA

A personal and creative response to the (In)visible exhibition by Jen Sungshine and Sammy Chien, Taiwanese artists-activists based in Vancouver. Don’t miss this exciting closing event for the last day of the exhibition!


Saturday, November 14, 1-3pm
Paper Cutting Workshop


A Taiwanese paper cutting workshop with Chiu Yu-Wen. Open to all ages.

Registration required.

Sunday, November 15, 1-3pm 

Weaving Demonstration 

A demonstration of tradition Atayal weaving by Yuma Taru. Yuma Taru is a member of the Atayal group, and specializes in traditional weaving.

Registration required.


Friday, November 20, 7 pm
Exhibition Opening


Join us for a public reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. Museum admission is free beginning at 7pm.


Saturday, November 21, 1-3pm
Artist Talks 


Li Jiun Yang, Chiu Yu-Wen, and Tu Wei-Cheng discuss aspects of their various artistic practices and works included in the exhibition.


Sunday, November 22, 11am
Curator Tour


Led by Fuyubi Nakamura, MOA Curator, Asia.


Sunday, November 22, 1-3pm
Artist Conversations


Walis Labai, Yuma Taru and Anli Genu engage in conversation with Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, an artist from Haida Gwaii, and MOA Curator Fuyubi Nakamura. Join us for a discussion concerning issues of identity, indigeneity, and cultural heritage in contemporary art.


Tuesday, November 24, 7pm; Sunday, November 29, 1pm
Tours in Mandarin


Short exhibition tours led in Mandarin by April Liu, MOA Curatorial Fellow (Asia).


First Tuesday Tours
Led by exhibition curator, Fuyubi Nakamura, on December 1  and February 2 at 7pm


February 26, 2016, 2:30 – 4:30pm

Forum: Art and Religious Diversity in Taiwan

We explore the theme of art and religious diversity in Taiwan in relation to the (In)visible exhibition with UBC colleagues. Join us for discussion and a tour of the exhibition with the speakers and the curator.


Spotlight Taiwan is made possible through the generous support of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan).












(In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art 形(無)形: 台灣當代藝術的靈性世界


November 20, 2015 – April 3, 2016


Curated by Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, MOA Curator, Asia


Spotlight Taiwan is made possible through the generous support of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan).


Opening Weekend Tour: Nov 22 (11am) / Mandarin Tours: Nov 24 (7pm); Nov 29 (1pm) / First Tuesdays: Dec 1, Feb 2, Mar 1 (7pm)