History of Taiwanese Art

LU Peiyi 
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course introduces students to the history of Taiwanese art with a view to developing a deeper understanding of current art discourses, practices and institutions in Taiwan. The course adopts a post-colonial perspective to question the linear narratives of history and rethink the chronology of Taiwanese art history. The course will examine three relatively distinct historical periods, with a particular focus on contemporary developments from the 1980s onwards. The course will firstly introduce the idea of modern Taiwanese art that emerged during the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945). It will then briefly examine artistic developments in Taiwan after the second world war under the influence of Chinese historical traditions and in the shadow of the Cold War. The introduction to these two historical periods will establish the foundation for a sustained focus and critical discussion of the diverse contemporary art practices from the 1980s onwards, particularly in the wake of the lifting of martial law, the transition from authoritarianism to democracy, and the search for a unique Taiwanese identity.
Indicative references
Lu, Peiyi (2017) ‘Why Dont We Sing? Rethinking the Curatorial Mechanisms of the Taipei Biennale for the First Twenty Years (1996-2016)’, Journal of Art Theory and Practice, vol. 7, no. 24, pp.104-126.
McIntyre, Sophie (2018) Imagining Taiwan: The Role of Art in Taiwan’s Quest for Identity, Brill,  Leiden.