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Wuxia Hits! Joseph Kuo’s Movies Go Hybrid from December 6-13

The Taipei Cultural Center is pleased to welcome Subway Cinema’s popular series “Old School Kung Fu Fest,” which is now in its ninth edition. This year’s series focuses on Taiwanese director Joseph Kuo (郭南宏) and features nine newly restored films, including fan-favorites Mystery of Chess Boxing (雙馬連環) and 7 Grandmasters (虎豹龍蛇鷹), from December 6-13 online and in theaters.

"9th Old School Kung Fu Fest: Joseph Kuo Edition" features nine Wuxia (武俠) films, all of which include new 2K digital restorations and English-language subtitles. The 36 Deadly Styles (迷拳36招), The 18 Bronzemen (少林寺十八銅人), Return of the 18 Bronzemen (雍正大破十八銅人), 7 Grandmasters (虎豹龍蛇鷹), and Mystery of Chess Boxing (雙馬連環) will screen live at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), while Shaolin Kung Fu (少林功夫), Shaolin Kids (少林小子), The Old Master (師父出馬), and World of the Drunken Master (酒仙十八跌) will be available online.

“When Joseph Kuo talks about movies, he never mentions film or art. He keeps emphasizing that when you make movies, you need to respect two groups of people: the financier … and the audience,” Edwin W. Chen (陳煒智), a film researcher who worked with Kuo for an exhibition showcasing Kuo’s collection of historical objects, said with great admiration.

Edwin W. Chen depicts Joseph Kuo’s style as ever-changing because he has shifted gears between melodrama, Taiwanese dialogue musical films, and martial arts films along his career, finding success at every turn.

As a successful box office director, Joseph Kuo also knows how to follow market trends, as film critic Blade Po (蒲鋒) observes. In 1978, when Jackie Chan (成龍) and Yuen Wo-ping (袁和平) delivered their box office-shattering Kung Fu comedy Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (蛇形刁手) in September, Joseph Kuo imitated its storyline and action style to make 7 Grandmasters and released it in November. Similarly, soon after Drunken Master (醉拳) became a blockbuster in October 1978 in Hong Kong, Kuo jumped on the bandwagon by producing an imitation, World of the Drunken Master, a few months later.

Joseph Kuo, born in 1935, started his career at an early age as a Taiwanese dialogue film director. He wrote One Night in Taipei (臺北之夜), the Taiwanese dialogue musical created for the famous singer Bûn-hā (文夏) when he served in the army. The film proved to be a megahit, with 10 sequels following its massive success. Kuo has also served as his own boss, establishing Hong Hwa International Films (宏華影業) in 1973 and writing, directing, and producing dozens of movies under its banner until it shut down in 1992.

MoMI and Subway Cinema will co-present four titles available exclusively online from December 6-13, and five films in theaters from December 10-12. Edwin W. Chen and Blade Po are invited to record two special introduction videos for the fest. The group discussion will be offered online and the introduction for each film is exclusively for theater viewers.

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Taiwanese artist, Wang Ya Hui’s work, Scent: Rice Field in the MandaLa Lab, Rubin Museum of Art
Embedded in a rock-like form at each of six stations are scents selected by six artists and created for the installation by master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel. Visitors can activate a scent at one of the stations and record their reactions to it. The discovery continues as visitors view a two-minute narrative video created by the artist about their memory attached to this scent. This, along with reading previous visitors’ memories of the same smell, allows the visitor to perceive how diverse (and sometimes radically different) those brought up under different conditions can perceive the same stimulus.

Wang Yahui’s (王雅慧) narrative video artwork, Scent: Rice Field describes her experience moving to a rural area after college, where the smell of rice fields imbued her with a sense of calm and mental clarity and subsequently impacted her art practice. Her abstract, poetic juxtaposition of words and moving shapes in the video creates a contemplative moment for guests and opens the door to awareness of attachment and the presence of others.

The intention behind Mandala Lab is to make insights for navigating difficult circumstances and emotions available to visitors of all ages through a combination of artworks, cognitive science, and contemplative practice. When reviewed in the New York Times, The Rubin’s Chief Programmatic Officer and Deputy Executive Director, Tim McHenry, described the space and its installations as “visual tool kits for navigating and surviving in uncertain times”.

Wang Yahui’s works include videos, installations, and photographs. She has exhibited or screened her work in international film festivals and biennials, including the Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2002), Shanghai Biennale (2006), International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008, the Hors Pistes Film Festival at the Centre Pompidou (2008) and Taipei Biennale (2010). She participated most recently in the exhibition Finding Time, held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taipei in 2020.

The Rubin Museum of Art officially opened on October 2, 2004 and is a museum dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art and cultures of the Himalayas, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and other regions within Eurasia, with a permanent collection focused particularly on Tibetan art. The New York Times commends it, “one of the biggest thinking small museums in Manhattan”.

Mandala Lab
October 1, 2021-October 1, 2031
The Rubin Museum of Art,
150 West 17th St. New York, NY 10011
Thursday: 10:00 AM–11:00 AM senior and high risk hours
                11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday:11:00 AM–5:00 PM

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Artist Wu Chi-tsung's solo exhibition, jing-atmospheres opens in New York
Taiwanese artist Wu Chi-tsung(吳季璁)'s solo exhibition jing-atmospheres《境》takes place at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York from Nov. 5 to Dec. 18 to present his Cyano-Collage series 《氰山集》as well as representative videos, installation works that integrate Western and Eastern aesthetics.

“I really hope this journey, one that has been full of trial and error in finding a way out, can inspire more young artists to go out to find opportunities, to see this big world,” Wu told Artnet News on a video call. Wu Chi-Tsung: jing-atmospheres is artist's first solo exhibition in the United States. He becomes the first Taiwanese artist of his generation to have a solo exhibition in New York.

Wu Chi-Tsung was trained from an early age in the traditions of Chinese calligraphy, Chinese ink painting, watercolor, and drawing, and worked in these time-honored idioms for many years. While those practices still inform his process, his current work seeks to understand how media and technology are manipulated to represent our relationship to the world. In the main gallery, there are new iterations of his Cyano-Collage series, in which he connects Eastern and Western culture and art to integrate traditional aesthetics within a striking contemporary language. His Cyano-Collages replace the traditional ink and brush used in Chinese shan shui paintings (山水畫) –literally, “mountain-water-pictures”—with experimental photography to reinvigorate the traditional landscape language. To create these stunning images, he prepares hundreds of cyanotype photographic papers—Xuan paper (宣紙) treated with a photosensitive coating—that are crumpled, exposed to sunlight, and then mounted onto aluminum, creating a spectrum of tonalities. The results are collaged images that resemble the mountainous landscapes often found in Chinese shan shui paintings, but which are produced using completely a contemporary process.

The Sean Kelly Gallery, established in 1991, is located near Hudson Yards in West Manhattan. The main gallery displays Wu's series work of Cyano-Collage, of which two pieces are especially designed for spacious gallery space, serving as the highlights of the exhibition.

Still Life (小品之十四-黃梅) series that translates motifs of traditional cut-branch flower painting into time-based moving images is also presented in the main gallery, featuring traditional paintings of flowers and birds to communicate his nostalgia for painting, as it retraces the emotions and memories that have slowly disappeared in life. Installation artworks such as "Wire (鐵絲網)" and "Dust (灰塵)" are presented in the front and lower gallery.

Wu, Chi-Tsung was born in 1981 in Taipei. Wu received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts in 2004. He currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan and Berlin, Germany. His work, in which he devotes great attention to the methods used in producing and interpreting images, spans across different media, including photography, video, installation art, painting and set design. He combines traditions and contemporary art forms from the East and the West. Daily objects and phenomena are great inspiration for his work, what he transforms into poetic imagery. He received the top prize of the “Taipei Arts Award” (2003), the “WRO Media Art Biannual” (2013) – Award of Critics and Editors of Art Magazines”, the “Liu Kuo Sung Ink Art Award” (2019), short-listed for the “Artes Mundi” (2006), and the “Prudential Eye Awards” (2015).

Wu Chi-Tsung jing-atmospheres
November 5 – December 18, 2021
Sean Kellery Gallery
475 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Tuesday - Friday: 11AM - 6PM
Saturday: 10AM - 6PM

(Photo courtesy of Wu Chi-tsung Studio)

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