Taipei Fine Arts Museum News Release
As a part of Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) overseas collection special project, 19 significant works of Long Chinsan (1982－1995) are currently displayed at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (FAAM). The event will run until December 13.
The exhibition features 54 artworks, along with documents and books. The works come mainly from the collections at Taiwan’s Taipei Fine Arts Museum, National Museum of History and Long’s family. This is the artist’s first comprehensive solo show in Japan. Loans of TFAM collection includes〈Hermitage〉(1963), 〈Crane〉(1945),〈Riverside Spring〉(1934) and〈Spring Trees〉(1934), etc. Several images of TFAM’s loan collection are widely seen on relevant exhibition news and FAAM newsletter.
Long Chinsan, a native of Jiangsu Province, was born to a culturally rich family. He learned photography at the age of 13 from his drawing teacher Li. He later moved to Shanghai, which was considered Asia’s most dynamic modern city at that time. He worked as a photograph journalist, as well as in advertising field since his 20’s. Around that time, he started a photography group from the late 1920’s onwards; his works won recognition from photography salons around the world.
Long was notable for his pursuit of Chinese aesthetic and lifestyle. While western photographers captured images of opium addicts, foot-binding women, poverty, and dark sides of pre-modernized China, Long was enthusiastic about the delivery of his country’s rich culture and natural beauty to foreign audiences. Since the 1930’s, he started experimenting in the technique of photomontage, through which he processed photographic negatives of mountains, trees, people and animals separately shot in one photograph. He produced photographs of ideal landscapes unifying nature and human beings with photomontage.
Unlike usual documentary photographs, Long’s photographs can be regarded as Chinese pictorialism – inspiring viewers with the fresh surprise and impression through a “deep” spiritual nature and excellent creativity. Furthermore, even though he employs photography which is a product of modern technology, Long revived traditional aesthetics of Chinese traditional landscape paintings through elaborate craftsmanship in the dark room. Through his works, this exhibition will provide a great opportunity to examine the phenomenon of the “contemporary revival of traditional arts” which can be seen widely across Asia.
《Long Chinsan Photographs: Composite Tradition》is the sixth exhibition of the Modern Artists Series. This series introduces individual artists (or groups) who played pioneering roles in the development of modern art in Asia.
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum is located in the Fukuoka City, on the Kyusyu mainland of Japan. Due to its geographical and historical characteristics, Fukuoka City has served as a gateway to continental Asian culture since ancient times. The museum opened in 1999, as a part of the city’s progressive strategy for interaction with different Asian cultures. It is the only museum in the world that systematically collects and exhibits Asian modern and contemporary art. The 'Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale' has been taken place four times. The event is held every three years, with the objective of introducing the most up-to-date Asian art to the public.
|Pic02 Kuroda Raiji,《Long Chinsan Photographs: Composite Tradition》curator, was giving a gallery talk to visitors, in front of Long’s work〈Crane〉.|
134 x 98 cm, 1945
Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection
|Pic01〈Hermitage〉 126 x 100 cm, 1963 Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection |