The National Museum of Fine Arts will hold a special exhibition to examine the past and future of Hantoo Art Group (悍圖社), one of Taiwan’s oldest art collectives, from Feb. 25 through June 4.
Established in 1982, Hantoo Art Group is the informal successor of 101 Modern Art Group, Taipei Advancer Art Group, Silly Bird Art Group, New Painting．Art Union, Taipei School of Painting, and other groups that had sought new source materials for artistic creation in Taiwan.
Instead of disbanding like most groups following the rise of individualism and alternative art spaces in the 1990s, the group managed to re-assemble and has since played an important role as a dominant art group in Taiwan’s contemporary art scene.
Hantoo Art Group has undergone many changes in the past 19 years, such as the progression from 2D imagery to multimedia creations by founding members Lu Tien-yen (盧天炎), Wu Tien-chang (吳天章), and Lien Chien-hsing (連建興), as well as a new focus on cross-media works brought by newer members such as Lai Hsin-lung (賴新龍), Tang Tang-fa (唐唐發), and Tu Wei-cheng (涂維政).
At the present, Hantoo Art Group launches a new exhibition in Taiwan every year to stimulate more art creations, and has held more than 30 exhibitions around the world. Members also continue to invite curators to view the group from different perspectives and engage in discourse.
With Hantoo Art Group entering its 20th year soon, this exhibition will review the development and changes of the group’s contemporary art output, and examine the role of an art collective in the creative field.
In addition, the relationship between generations of Hantoo Art Group will be shown through the dialogue and correspondence among its members.
‘Hardcore Rally with Hantoo Art Group’
- Date: Feb. 25 – June 4, 2017
- Venue: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
- Address: No. 2 Wuquan West Road Section 1, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan (ROC)
- Website: www.ntmofa.gov.tw