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The concept of this exhibition is inspired by the tales “The Mural” from Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio and “The Painter” from E xtensive Records of the Taiping Era. In “The Mural” Zhu Xiaolian is visitin g a Buddhist temple with a friend when\, “his mind shaken\, his thoughts su ddenly frozen\,” he walks inside a mural and becomes deeply entangled in a love affair with a fairy maiden. Only after an old monk taps on the wall do es he float out of the mural again. And in “The Painter” the imperial manda rin Zhao Yan buys a screen with the image of a beautiful woman. Day and nig ht he calls out her name\, Zhen Zhen. Then the beauty Zhen Zhen steps out o f the screen. After the two are wed\, she gives birth to a child. A friend tells Zhao Yan his wife is really a demon and urges him to kill her with a magic sword. When he enters their house with the sword\, she tearfully reve als her true identity as the Fairy of the Southern Mountains. Overflowing w ith sorrow\, she takes her child by the hand and goes back into the screen. When Zhao Yan uncovers the painting again\, in addition to the image of th e beautiful woman\, a child has appeared as well.
These two classic s tories remind us that artistic creativity possesses an infectiousness and i nfluential power that can seem real\, that can render reality and illusion indistinguishable. “The Mural” is a tale of a person transcending mundane s pace and time\; “The Painter” is a tale of a person experiencing the extrao rdinary within the mundane world. In the past\, art was limited by the avai lable media\, and could only be expressed on silk\, paper\, canvas\, screen or walls. Through mythical stories\, the “masterful brushes” of artists an d their infectious powers spread. In the current age when the dividing line between daily life and art has vanished\, this exhibition explores such di mensions as human desire\, artistic emotional projection (therapy)\, art in stitutions\, interpersonal relationships and social life. Through the works of 19 different contemporary artists and art groups – works with a variety of subjects and forms\, such as two-dimensional art\, body art\, performan ce art\, video\, installation and interactive projects – it examines the tw o themes of “illusion imitating reality” in the future and the past and “re ality imitating illusion” in our current condition. As visitors experience\ , participate and interact\, they may see the invisible\, enter the inacces sible\, and discover the exceptional in everyday life. They may reconsider the meaning of reality and the nature of art within human existence and per ception\, and discover an ideal state of spirit and living\, or a new way t o imagine the future.

DTEND:20130519 DTSTAMP:20141125T231644 DTSTART:20130126 GEO:25.1253109;121.530997 LOCATION:Taipei Fine Arts Museum\,181\, ZhongShan N. Road\, Sec. 3\, \nTaip ei \, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:True Illusion\, Illusory Truth - Contemporary Art Beyond Ordinary E xperience \, Yu Cheng-Ta\, Huang Chin-Ho\, Niu Chun-Chiang\, Huang Hai-Hsin \, Liu Han-Chih\, Kuo I-Chen\, Yao Jui-chung\, Wang Jun-Jieh\, Tsui Kuang-Y u\, Chang Li-Ren\, LuxuryLogico\, Hiraki Sawa\, Chen Shun-Chu\, Riverbed Th ertre\, Wu Tien-Chang\, Wang Ya-Hui\, Chou Yu-Cheng\, Tseng Yu-Chin\, Su Yu -Hsien UID:256588 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130126T220000 DTSTAMP:20141125T231644 DTSTART:20130126T090000 GEO:25.1253109;121.530997 LOCATION:Taipei Fine Arts Museum\,181\, ZhongShan N. Road\, Sec. 3\, \nTaip ei \, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:True Illusion\, Illusory Truth - Contemporary Art Beyond Ordinary E xperience \, Yu Cheng-Ta\, Huang Chin-Ho\, Niu Chun-Chiang\, Huang Hai-Hsin \, Liu Han-Chih\, Kuo I-Chen\, Yao Jui-chung\, Wang Jun-Jieh\, Tsui Kuang-Y u\, Chang Li-Ren\, LuxuryLogico\, Hiraki Sawa\, Chen Shun-Chu\, Riverbed Th ertre\, Wu Tien-Chang\, Wang Ya-Hui\, Chou Yu-Cheng\, Tseng Yu-Chin\, Su Yu -Hsien UID:256589 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR