Ju Ming Taichi Series Outdoor Exhibition at Botanic Gardens
Exhibition period: 17th January – 16th April 201
Representing some of the best names in the contemporary art world, iPRECIATION proudly presents the iconic Taichi Series outdoor exhibition by world renowned Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming. Breathtakingly set within the lush and green landscape of the historic Singapore Botanic Gardens, 15 monumental Taichi sculptures will be strategically placed to provide local and regional art lovers, as well as the general public, a chance to enjoy art in an outdoor space instead of the usual art gallery setting. This outdoor art project will be the first public exhibition of Ju Ming’s Taichi Series in monumental bronze.
The Taichi Series epitomises the perfect harmony between art and nature, where natural features can be turned into basic idioms of artistic expressions. Since the 20th century, the main thrust of Asian contemporary sculpture development lay in the new interpretation of forms that interconnect modern civilization and its traditional culture. Rooted in the Chinese tradition, Ju Ming’s sculptures seek to marry the essence of Chinese painting and calligraphy with his distinct, precise and poetic forms. In his Taichi Series, the concrete images of its human subjects exist in purely abstract blocks and volumes. This ideal collaboration with the Singapore Botanic Gardens to display the awesome sculptures against the two backdrop of mature greenery enable seamless blending into the surroundings, creating an interaction with nature and a pleasant engagement for audiences.
Ju Ming (born 1938) is a Taiwanese sculptor who attained fame in Taiwan in the 1970s, and in New York New in 1983. Ju Ming was trained as a woodcarver, apprenticed to Lee Chin-Chuan as a teenager. He developed his skill and applied it to a range of media, including bronze, styrofoam, ceramics and stainless steel.
In 1959, he moved back to Tunghsiao and opened his own studio with apprentices, creating a successful crafts business which left him dissatisfied. He became more artistic and tried innovative techniques. Ju married Chen Fu-mei, also from Tunghsiao, three years later.
After winning several awards in the prestigious Taiwan Provincial Art Exhibition, Ju felt that he could only develop further as a sculptor if he re-apprenticed himself, this time to Yang Yu-Yu, who himself had only just returned from a three-year art scholarship in Rome. Yang agreed, impressed by “Ju’s flowing lines through the natural grain of the wood, the form executed with such an assured gentleness and humility.”
In 1976, Ju took up Tai Chi on Yang’s advice to develop physical and mental discipline. He developed greatly from this practice and started thinking about sculpting works on the theme of Tai Chi, which had never been done before. Ju’s solo exhibition occurred in March at the National Museum of History in Taipei due to Yang Yu-yu convincing the museum authorities to show his student’s pieces. It was highly successful and he was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Youths of 1976.
From 1980, Ju continued to gain international acclaim and exhibited abroad. He started The Living World “family” which he continues to expand. These bright figures are made of bronze, stainless steel, painted wood, foam rubber and cast bronze, giving him freedom to depict the human form in all its varieties. Another is his “Living World” series, depicting figures drawn from a modern, westernized society. Much of Ju Ming’s work is housed at the Ju Ming Museum, just outside Taipei. The museum was built at the artist’s expense, and is open to the public. He was awarded the 18th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007.
The Outdoor Art Experience
To promote the appreciation of three-dimensional art, visitors will be encouraged to embark on a trail-walking journey throughout the Eco Lake section of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. In addition, educational programs such as guided tours and curated talk will be planned for greater understanding and to enhance the visitor experience.
50 Cuscaden Road HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724
Gallery Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10.00am – 7.00pm Sat: 11.00am – 6.00pm Sundays and Public Holiday by appointment only