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Beginning in March, volunteer guides from Taiwan Soka Association's (TSA) art and culture centers have been travelling to schools in urban and remote rural areas throughout the island to introduce children to the world of Taiwanese art. Known as the "Mobile Museum," this initiative aims to help cultivate an appreciation of art in young people and remove the financial and geographical barriers associated with the arts.
At each school, the guides, who are all TSA women's group members, show short films that introduce the life and works of artists featured in the ongoing exhibition series "Tracing our Cultural Legacy: 100 Years of Art History in Taiwan," launched by TSA in 2003. Following the video showings, the guides conduct interactive quizzes, elaborate on the content of the films and respond to questions from students. Artists that have been introduced include Hung Ken-shen and Li Shi-chi, frontrunners of the Taiwanese modern art movement.
On June 15, TSA also collaborated with the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts to bring the first exhibition of works by photojournalist Robert Capa (1913-54) to Taiwan. Titled "On Site: A Centennial Retrospective of Robert Capa," the exhibition commemorates the museum's 25th anniversary and what would have been Capa's 100th birthday (October 22, 1913).
The retrospective traces the path of the photojournalist's documentary journeys through a display of 100 of his photos lent to the museum by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, an SGI affiliate. The photos are drawn from four major periods of Capa's career, from the Spanish Civil War and World War II to the founding of Israel and the Indochina conflict, as well as his contributions as an artist to the cultural sphere.
The exhibition, which is supported by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture, will run at the national museum until September 15.
[Adapted from articles in the May 3, 10 and 21, 2013, issues of Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) and the June 21, 2013, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Harmony Press]
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