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(In)visible / 形(無)形

The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art /

Look Closer

(In)visible / 形(無)形

The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art /

Look Closer

(In)visible / 形(無)形

The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art /


November 20, 2015 – April 3, 2016

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.

About Spotlight Taiwan

MOA launched its Spotlight Taiwan Project in 2014, a new initiative that focuses on Taiwan’s complex and multicultural identity. Spotlight Taiwan project is made possible through the generous support of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan).

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


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》。


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。

Curator: Fuyubi Nakamura.

Read more about the artists featured in this exhibition in the Museum Note (In)visible / 形(無)形: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art / 台灣當代藝術的靈性世界.

Image credits L-R: Chiu Yu-Wen, Water Fairies Reproduction Project, photo by Fuyubi Nakamura. Li Jiun-Yang, Miao, photo by Kyla Bailey. Yuma Taru, Convolution of Life, photo by Kyla Bailey.