|Exhibition||Greatness of Spirit – Li Chen Premiere Sculpture Exhibition in Taiwan|
|Curator(s)||Peng Feng (Curator of the Chinese Pavilion for the 54th Venice Biennale 2011) / Yang Shinyi (Ph.D Art History, Cornell University)|
|Duration||Nov. 6-Dec. 4, 2011|
|Venue||Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall / Road of Democracy|
Greatness of Spirit – Li Chen Premiere Sculpture Exhibition in Taiwan
Li Chen, born in 1963 in Taiwan, is regarded as one of the leading sculptors. In 1999, Li Chen had his artwork debut in Taipei. Since 2000, his world tour exhibition started from New York to Chicago, Jerusalem, Copenhagen, Miami, Paris, London, Geneva, Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, etc. He gave a solo exhibition in the Venice Biennale in 2007. In 2008, his work was recognized at a major solo exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. In 2009, Singapore Art Museum invited him to have his first solo outdoor sculpture exhibition. “The Greatness of Spirit: Li Chen Premiere Sculpture Exhibition in Taiwan”, at the Road of Democracy and the Main Plaza at 31-year-old CKS Memorial Hall, kicks off the largest-scale sculpture exhibition ever in Asia. Li Chen will be presenting his fruitful 12-year creation from Taiwan’s landmark; round and complete, his art work will show the radiant bloom of the perfect combination of the spirit of the orient and contemporary vision.
Located in the center of Taipei city, the venue “National CKS Memorial Hall” is both historically and geographically significant. The white marble in combination with sapphire tiles distinguishes the building with the features of the East; thus, its magnificent style is one of Taiwan’s most representative landmarks. The show and the building certainly add to each other’s splendor.
This exhibition consists of Li Chen’s 20 pieces of artwork from 1998 to the present, covering five varieties of series: Energy of Emptiness, Spiritual Journey through the Great Ether, Soul Guardians, The Beacon, and the latest Ethereal Cloud, to fully showcase the artist’s representative artwork in different periods. This solo exhibition, so far, has become Li Chen’s most important one in terms of completeness, number of pieces, and size.