November 6-December 4, 2011
Greatness of Spirit
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taiwan
The Greatness of Spirit: Li Chen Premiere Sculpture Exhibition in Taiwan", is co-curated by Curator of the Chinese Pavilion for the 54th Venice Biennale 2011 Peng Feng and Taiwan independent curator Yang Shinyi. The exhibition, on the Road of Democracy and the Main Plaza at 31-year-old CKS Memorial Hall, kicks off the largest-scale sculpture exhibition ever in Asia.
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is at the center of Taipei City. It was built in 1980 to commemorate former ROC president Chiang Kai-shek and is the largest square in Taiwan. The grounds in which the hall stands are 250,000 square meters in size, with the main building standing 76m in height. In front of the hall is Democracy Boulevard and Freedom Square, with the National Theater and National Concert Hall on either side. A roofed corridor and Chinese garden run around the periphery of the grounds. The exterior of the building is an eye-catching combination of white marble and royal blue glazed tiles, majestic and grand with a pronounced oriental style. As a political symbol, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall bore witness to the vibrant development of Taiwanese society in the period before and after the lifting of Martial Law. It has also played an important role in the process of democratization, while remaining a key venue for artistic and cultural performances. Having not held an official solo exhibition in Taiwan for over a decade, artist Li Chen decided to hold the Greatness of Spirit: Li Chen Premiere Sculpture Exhibition in Taiwan, showcasing his work over the past 12 years, at this landmark venue. Li's 22 large works blended perfectly with the setting of the square, their rounded limbs and imposing stature the perfect combination of Eastern essence and modern vision.