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Cross-strait art exhibit kicks off in celebration

To celebrate the 90th birthday of Li Chi-mau (李奇茂), an ink wash painting master who has dedicated his whole life to promoting traditional Chinese art to the world, an exhibition including not only artworks from throughout Li's life, but also various artists from both sides of the Taiwan Strait starts today.

The exhibition, “Celebrating Maestro Li Chi-mau 90th Birthday and Famous Artist Exchange Exhibition Cross-Strait,” held by the Cross-strait Chinese Culture & Art Foundation (中華兩岸文化藝術基金會) at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館), is hoping to strengthen cross-strait artists' relationships in order to keep cooperating in boosting Chinese arts. There are many art representatives from both sides of the strait who have sent their work to support the exhibition, helping to make the whole exhibition even more meaningful.

“It is not only an event to celebrate Li's birthday; it is an event through which all the participants can have a chance to see what others are doing and exchange ideas,” said Jaimy Chuang (莊漢生), president of the Cross-strait Chinese Culture & Art Foundation.

According to Chuang, the foundation and Li have tried to promote traditional Chinese art such as ink wash painting, calligraphy and sculpture for many years.

“Our cultural root is always related to Chinese culture,” expressed Chuang when asked about the recent developments in Chinese art. He said that globalization means people are becoming more familiar with Western art pieces. However, this can mean that traditional Chinese art is sometimes being left behind.

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One of the paintings from Li Chi-mau's “Guo Fu Zhuan” (國父傳, literally “stories of the founding father”) is seen in this undated photo.

(Courtesy of the Cross-strait Chinese Culture & Art Foundation

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