2015 Art Basel Hong Kong: Insights

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  • Duration:2015.03.15 Sun.~2015.03.17 Tue.
  • VIP Preview:2015.03.13 Fri.~2015.03.15 Sun.
  • Booth:Insight 3D18
  • Artist:Chen Cheng-po
  • Venue:Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre


Liang Gallery was founded in 1993 by Yu Yen-Liang. It is located in Taipei, in a three-story building up to almost 2000 square meters. Since its founding, it has been committed to promoting Taiwanese modern and contemporary art, and has held many large-scale retrospective exhibitions of artists, including Chen Cheng-po, Liao Chi-chun, Yang San-lang, Li Mei-shu, and Pu Tien-sheng.



Liang Gallery has been collaborating with the Chen Cheng-po Cultural Foundation for over eighteen years. In 2014, it co-hosted the “Surging Waves – Chen Cheng-Po’s 120th Birthday Anniversary Touring Exhibition”. This touring exhibition started in Tainan, moved to Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, and is followed by a grand final exhibition “Hidden Talent” at the National Palace Museum in Taipei.


Liang Gallery will exhibit works of Chen Cheng-po (1895-1947) who holds a significant importance in the history of Taiwanese art. Throughout his life, he was involved in modern art activities in Taiwan, Tokyo and Shanghai. His paintings are filled with the passion and appealing feelings for his homeland.


The exhibited works are divided into three periods:


Tokyo Period.Chen Cheng-po completed his graduate studies at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1929. He was the first Taiwanese painter to be selected into the Imperial Art Exhibition of Japan in 1926. In 1932, he was also included in Taiwan Art Exhibition. Ueno Park (2) and Museum in Autumn were painted during the early period at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, and depicted rich emotional landscapes.


Shanghai Period. During 1929-1933, he lived in Shanghai teaching at various fine art schools and appraising works of art at art associations. He participated at the 1st China National Art Exhibition, and attended the preparation session of Juelan Society. Footbridge in Shanghai and Plum Garden reflect a combination of both Eastern and Western painting style. In these paintings, Chen intended to pursue “Chinese style” or “the Orient” and to apply Chinese-ink painting techniques in Western oil painting.


Taiwan Period. After the January 28 Incident in Shanghai, Chen Cheng-po returned to Taiwan. He participated in the founding of the Chidao Association and the Tai-Yang Art Society, thus becoming an influential artist in the history of modern art in Taiwan. West Huifang and Linglang Mountain reveal the intense colors of the Southern Taiwan landscape, and are rich of compassion and vitality. These art works are considered as the most mature artistic expressions of Chen Cheng-po.




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