Kaohsiung, April 10 (CNA) The Kaohsiung City government is considering plans to have “Hazy Humid Day,” a Taiwan-inspired work by the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, put on permanent display in the city’s Museum of Fine Arts, according to Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁).
Nara, who is known for his distinctive and unsettling portraits of children, held a series of solo exhibitions in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Tainan over the last year, for which he specifically created the painting “Hazy Humid Day.”
After the final exhibition closed in February, Nara said in a statement via The General Association of Chinese Culture (GACC) — one of the event’s organizers — that he would be “delighted” if the painting could remain in Taiwan.
When Nara later took to Twitter to suggest it join the collection at the Taichung-based National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Mayor Chen left a reply in Japanese, in which he recommended Kaohsiung as a potential home for the painting.
“Kaohsiung is a warm and passionate city. We hope the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (KMFA) can acquire the piece … and put it on permanent display at the Nei Wei Art Center, which is scheduled to open in October,” Chen wrote, adding that he looked forward to sharing the piece with “friends from around the world.”
In a press release on Sunday, the KMFA confirmed it was working with Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Shih Che (史哲) and the city’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs to have the painting “remain in Kaohsiung,” pending approval from the artist and the GACC.
“Hazy Humid Day” is a reflection of Nara’s emotional connection to Taiwan, and would be an ideal fit for the Nei Wei Art Center, which will be based on the theme of “Art in Life, Life in Art,” the museum said.
Nara visited Taiwan three times in 2021, undergoing the then-mandatory 14-day quarantine on each trip, to prepare his art exhibitions, and also met with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at her official residence.
(By Tseng Yu-ning and Matthew Mazzetta)


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