Taipei, April 13 (CNA) The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA) in Taichung has said it hopes a pair of new exhibitions featuring Lithuanian photography and Taiwanese artworks can act as a catalyst for future cultural exchanges between Taiwan and the Baltic nation.
NTMoFA Director Liang Yung-fei (梁永斐) said that the exhibition and the show inspired by it showed that bilateral collaboration between Taiwan and Lithuania had expanded to the realm of art for the first time, something he hoped would foster further ties in the realm of cultural affairs.
The photography exhibition, “Uncoverings: the Search for Identity in Lithuanian Photography,” which opened Saturday and will last through July 3 at NTMoFA, features 87 photographic works provided by the Lithuanian National Museum of Art (LNMA).
NTMoFA said the featured works offered a glimpse of 21 artists spanning different generations in their search for Lithuanian identity, either under the rule of the Soviet Union or after Lithuania became an independent democracy in 1990.
These works not only reflect the shift in Lithuanian photography from realism to conceptual expressionism, but also the country’s seven decades of social and cultural transformation, NTMoFA added.
In the meantime, the art show, “Covered Reality: Archival Orientation and Identity in Taiwanese Contemporary Photography,” includes photos and installations made by 15 Taiwanese artists who began exploring their cultural identity amid the flourishing of social movements following the repeal of martial law in the late 1980s.
NTMoFA said the show, which opened at the same venue Saturday, aimed to “respond to” and “echo” the theme of the Lithuanian photo exhibition from a Taiwanese perspective.
At a press conference on Sunday, Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te (李永得) said the two events were a rare international artistic exchange and would thus mark an important milestone in the history of art in Taiwan.
Taiwan and Lithuania are more than 8,000 kilometers apart but the two nations have pursued a similar course for freedom and democracy after experiencing decades of oppressive rule by an authoritarian regime, he added.
In a pre-recorded video shown at Sunday’s press conference, Tomas Ivanauskas, an official at the Lithuanian Culture Attache in China and South Korea, said the Lithuanian exhibition aimed to highlight the importance of freedom at a time when Europe was struck by a war waged by Russia against Ukraine.
He added that he hoped the Taiwanese show would one day be able to tour Lithuania and give Taiwan’s art exposure among the people of the Baltic country, an idea that NTMoFA said was being discussed.
The two events will run through July 3 in Taichung. Afterward, the Lithuanian exhibition will move to the National Center of Photography and Images in Taipei from Sept. 8 to Nov. 13, with the Taiwanese show following suit from Sept. 29 to Dec. 4.
(By Teng Pei-ju)
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