Inspired by the term 'M-shaped society', the third edition of the Asian Art Biennial 'Medi(t)ation' focuses on concepts of 'mediation' and 'meditation', relating to issues of confrontation and adjustment, existence and co-existence that arise in Asia today.
Using the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale's model as a reference, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMOFA) aims to foster in-house talents and appointed Iris Huang Shu-Ping (黃舒屏) from the museum’s exhibition department as the biennial curator. Aside from the Asian Art Biennial, NTMOFA is also responsible for putting on the Taiwan Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Taiwan Biennial, the International Biennial Print Exhibition, and the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival. With a budget around 20,000,000NTD (equivalent to 663,240USD), the under-publicised show is a worthwhile exhibition.
NTMOFA makes a point of the show’s being composed of only one eighth to one tenth local artists, with the remainder of the exhibition featuring overseas artists; similar to the Asia-Pacific Triennial, the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, and the Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, the Asian Art Biennial was established as an extensive survey exhibition dedicated to examining regional issues by showcasing artists from the Asia-Pacific region. This edition includes 40 artists and collaborative groups from 21 Asian countries.
- Tue, 1 Nov 2011