Interbreeding: The Vitality of Taiwan’s Art Group after 1990s薛保瑕//插枝接枝 - 90年代後臺灣藝術團體的活力

Taiwan Academy Lecture

Interbreeding: The Vitality of Taiwan’s Art Group after 1990s


Lecture by Professor Ava Hsueh


Photo credit to Joy Chuang

Prof. Ava Hsueh obtained her D.A. degree of School of Education, Department of Art and Art Professions in New York University; currently serves as the Honorary Professor in Tainan National University of the Arts. She has been appointed as the Director of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Chief Executive of National Cultural and Arts Foundation, and has  served as the Dean of the College of Visual Arts, the Chair of the Doctoral Program in Art Creation and Theory in Tainan National University of the Arts. Prof. HSUEH has long chosen abstract language as her expression of artistic creation. Her art works are mainly constituted by biomorphic abstraction and geometric abstraction to express a hybrid reality, whose mixture and adjustment correspond to epochal shifts and the characteristic of contemporary abstract art. Also her work has been exhibited in many venues around the world, including Taiwan, China, U.S.A., France, Italy, Korea, Japan, etc. She has been awarded The Creation Award of Li Chun Shen Foundation of Modern Painting, the Institutional Honorable Award for Woman in Culture and Arts, The Third Merit Medal from The Executive Yuan of Taiwan, The 3rd Art Education Contribution Prize: Outstanding Teacher from The Ministry of Education, and the Research Award from National Science Council (1996), etc. Prof. HSUEH’s works have been widely collected, including National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, National Art Museum of China(Beijing), White Rabbit Museum(Australia) , private collection and etc.


Between Grafting (2018)
Acrylic on canvas, 162x195cm


Art spaces and institutions run by artist groups and collectives started to appear in the 1990s, mostly in Northern, Central, and Southern Taiwan, with independent and avant-garde ideas, as discovered in all their exhibitions, to construct the features of Taiwan’s contemporary art. It is the pillar with which the art scene in Taiwan has built their collective cultural identity through localization, while it is also a channel through which we come to realize how the contemporary art in Taiwan has initiated a dialogue with the trend of globalization.