Taiwan Arts Summary/台灣藝術摘要

Taiwan possesses a unique geographic environment.

Nations that contended for its sovereignty over the years have contributed to shape its exotic and diversified art.

The artwork from the aborigines residing in the island for at least five thousand years is full of Austronesian colors. The originality is readily palpable. Take the unearthed potteries, daily necessities, rocky mountains, wood carvings and even accessories and clothes as examples.

The Hongmao Castle, marine charts, maps and landscape paintings during the brief Dutch colonization left cultural imprints of Age of Discovery on the island.

After the immigration of Han Chinese to the island, the Literati Paintings and religious buildings from the Chinese Ming and Qing Dynasties were introduced; by contrast, the Folk Art and Craft broke the traditional Chinese ideology centering around the masters.
漢人移民進入島上之後,引進中國明朝和清朝傳統文人書畫和宗教建築; 相對之下, 民間工藝則打破中國傳統以大師為中心的思考。

The traditional Japanese style was further absorbed during the Japanese colonial era. It then moved in step with the modern and international trend that gave birth to a multitude of talented artists.

After the Second World War, art nouveau and local realist movements challenged the restraint imposed by the authoritarian rule.

After the Martial Law was abolished in 1987, the environment under the democratic policies and open society nourished the flourishing force of creativity.

Whether they be buildings, Performing Art or Plastic Art, all are in sync with the new century.

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