QUEENSLAND Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) latest exhibition brings a taste of Taiwan direct to the Australian mainland.
Winds of Poetic Mountain: Dreams and Voices from Tunghai University, Taiwan is on display in the centre’s Tony Gould Gallery until February 23.
The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view an extraordinary collection of contemporary artworks by professors and students from the titular university’s Department of Fine Arts.
The Taichung City University’s Department of Fine Arts – established in 1983, was the first of its kind in south and central Taiwan.
The university has become known for its tendency to nourish young talent, providing education in traditional art forms and encouraging new directions of creative expression.
QPAC chief executive John Kotzas said the centre was proud to host the exhibition and added David Yang of the Buddhist temple in Brisbane had been instrumental in helping to bring it to fruition.
“It is through cultural exchanges like this one between QPAC and the Tunghai University Department of Fine Arts that we further progress Australia’s relationship with arts and cultural practices from neighbouring countries,” he said.
Curator and assistant professor Tuan Tsu-Chen said the university was located at Mt DaDu, a “vast fertile red land” which was a source of inspiration to the local community.
“It is this very poetic mountain that has cultivated the University’s Department of Fine Arts,” he said.
“Here we paint, sculpt and photograph. We write one poem after another.”
“What is expressed in these poems is not the grace of the literati, but delicate experiences of life, captured in warm and sincere artistic language.”
The exhibition is free and the gallery is open from Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.
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