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Pushing the boundaries of a museum

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Art biennials are typically put together by independent organizations: Taipei Biennial (台北雙年展) is distinct because it is organized by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM, 臺北市立美術館).

Under the theme "Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future: A New Lexicon for the Biennial" (當下檔案‧未來系譜:雙年展物語), this year's exhibition explores its unique position as "a museum's biennial." The event showcases the museum's influence on society and history from three perspectives: "Performing the Archives" (演繹檔案), "Performing the Architecture" (演繹建築) and "Performing the Retrospective" (演繹回顧).

At the opening of the 10th Taipei Biennial, TFAM Director Ping Lin (林平) said that the Chinese character for "ten" evokes the sense of "roundness" in ethnic Chinese culture. It signals that "the end of an era also ushers in a new one" in which future generations can "come up with new interpretations of history," Lin said.

Guest curator Corinne Diserens expressed that the exhibition rooms were intentionally roomy, adorned sparsely with artworks that "activate, explore and experiment with" time and space to produce a "resonance" that spans generations and heritage. Consisting of seminars, forums, plays, performances and workshops, the exhibition is a platform for ideas exchange and will run until Feb. 5. 2017.

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