What would our world look like 32 years from now? Over fifty international and Taiwanese artists will seek to uncover the future through art at this first joint venture by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
"2050: A Brief History of the Future," which was presented at the Louvre in 2016, will run in Taichung from March 24 through June 3 to elaborate on the concepts first proposed by French economist Jacques Attali in the 2006 bestseller "A Brief History of the Future."
Attali speculates on human and technological development in face of troubling population growth, overexploitation of resources, social inequality, and religious wars. Curator Pierre-Yves Desaive has expanded upon this framework to mount an exhibition with a Taiwanese perspective.
From regional-specific production and challenges to the historic allocation of power, geopolitical and economic variables and ideologies that will dictate the future of Taiwan are highlighted in this exhibition.
"2050" begins by paving the history that led to this present, specifically the East-West exchanges during the Tang dynasty, imperial clout in the Age of Exploration, upheaval of Asia after the Cold War, and capitalism and technology in the era of globalization.
Through almost 60 sets of artworks, featured artists from 20 nations then anticipate the future based on a subjective reading of the past. This edition of the exhibition has a special selection of Taiwanese artists to present a future imagined from the perspective of Asia and imbued with added diversity.
However, the curatorial theme remains firmly to remind viewers of how humankind is facing a constantly evolving future. As the face of the world has been remolded many times in the past ― its appearance can be reshaped once more.
"2050" is organized by the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Bruxelles / Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, Brussel, and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
AI Wei Wei (China)
Phil AKASHI (Belgium)
Ludolf BAKHUIZEN (Germany/The Netherlands)
Thomas BAYRLE (Germany)
Hans OP DE BEECK (Belgium)
CHANG Hsia-Fei (Taiwan)
CHEN Ching-Yuan (Taiwan)
CHOE U-Ram (Korea)
Al FARROW (United States)
FUNG Ming Chip (Hong Kong)
Gregory GREEN (United States)
HeHe (United Kingdom & Germany)
Jenny HOLZER (United States)
HUANG Po-Chih, HSU Yueh-Chen, Archite: COOP, and Fong Cafe (Taiwan)
HUANG Zan-Lun (Taiwan)
Tetsuya ISHIDA (Japan)
Andrew JUNGE (United States)
On KAWARA (Japan)
Olga KISSELEVA (Russia/ France)
Aaron KOBLIN & Takashi KAWASHIMA (United States & Japan)
KUO I-Chen (Taiwan)
MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho (Korea)
Robert LONGO (United States)
LO Yi-Chun (Taiwan)
Gonçalo MABUNDA (Mozambique)
Eva & Franco MATTES (Italy)
MEI Dean-E (Taiwan)
Robert MORRIS (United States)
Mark NAPIER (United Kingdom)
Roman OPALKA (France)
Adrian PACI (Albania)
Sara RAHBAR (Iran/ United States)
Gustavo ROMANO (Argentina)
Andres SERRANO (United States)
Wolfgang STAEHLE (Germany)
Mark TITCHNER (United Kingdom)
Gavin TURK (United Kingdom)
Charwei TSAI & Tsering Tashi GYALTHANG (Taiwan & Tibet)
Eric VAN HOVE (Belgium)
Maarten VANDEN EYNDE (Belgium)
WANG Chien-Yang (Taiwan)
Benjamin WOLFF (Germany)
XU Zhen (China)
XU Qu (China)
YANG Mao-Lin (Taiwan)
YANG Yongliang (China)
C.J. YEH (Taiwan)
YU Cheng-Ta (Taiwan)
YUAN Goang-Ming (Taiwan)
'2050: A Brief History of the Future'
"Zealandia Memorandum" by Yang Mao-lin (Taiwan)
"The Day of Perpetual Night" by Yang Yongliang (China)
"Les peseurs d'or" by Benjamin Wolff (Germany)
"Eternity - Sui Dynasty Gold Gilded and Painted Standing Bodhisattva, Venus de Vienne" by Xu Zhen (China)
From left to right: Taiwan artist Wang Chien-yang; Rik Van Droogenbroeck , director of Belgian Office, Taipei; curator Pierre-Yves Desaive, Colette Janssen, chief administrator office of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium; Hsiao Tsung-huang, director of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; and Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun.