2019.08.27 ~ 2019.09.29

Visual Tricks


 
2019.05.18 ~ 2019.06.30

Wu Hao Retrospective Exhibition - Never Say Goodbye


 
2019.05.30 ~ 2019.06.02

2109 Art Busan


 
2019.03.09 ~ 2019.04.27

Flowery Spring


 
2019.03.26 ~ 2019.03.31

2019 HK Art Central -
The Mystery of Time


 
2018.12.08 ~ 2019.02.24

Kim Tae Ho -
Aesthetics of Lining


 
2018.09.15 ~ 2018.10.21
Cynthia Ma -
Dancing Divas of Taiwan

 
2018.04.14 ~ 2018.05.31
Dream Blossom
 
2018.03.26 ~ 2018.04.01

Yayoi Kusama V.S. Choe U-Ram 2018 HK Art Central

 
 
2017.10.26 ~ 2017.12.10

Ala Aureus

 
 
2017.07.28 ~ 2017.09.24

Nothing But Happy

 
 
2017.06.03 ~ 2017.09.03

Choe U-ram - [stil laif] in NTMOFA
Official website

 
 
2017.05.01 ~ 2017.07.09

What You Will

 
 
2016.12.17 ~ 2017.3.12

Kim Tschang Yeul -
God's Tear Drop

 
 
2016.11.11 ~ 11.15

2016 Art Taipei -
MERRY-GO-ROUND

 
 
2016.09.03 ~ 10.23

Future in the Past

 
 
2016.05.21 ~ 07.19

Three Travelers Three Epics

 
 
2016.03.12 ~ 04.30

Look Up Rose from the Sky

 
 
2015.12.19 ~ 2016.01.24

New Light Catch your Eye

 
 
2015.10.24 ~ 11.29

Nishizawa Chiharu ‧ Wonderland

 
 
2015.09.12 ~ 10.11

Post-objectivity

 
 
2015.07.11 ~ 08.10

Absolute Intuition

 
 
2015.05.02 ~ 06.28

Change ‧ I Change

 
 
2015.01.17 ~ 03.29

Ye Yongqing ‧ Grand Sight to the Tropic of Cancer

 
 
2014.11.15 ~ 12.20

Wang Pan Youn ‧
The Sun Never Sets

 
 
2014.09.20 ~ 10.31

Montage!

 
 
2014.06.21 ~ 07.30

Is it paper?

 
 
2014.04.19 ~ 05.18
Jang Tarng Kuh ‧ Roadside Theater  
 
2013.11.08 ~ 11.11
2013 Art Taipei - Glorious Encounter  
 
2013.06.08 ~ 07.07
Magic Hour  
 
2013.04.20 ~ 05.26
The Invisible Medium  
 
2013.03.02 ~ 03.31
Start from Zero Part2 ‧
Small with infinitely large
 
 
2012.12.01 ~ 2013.01.06
Dialogs ‧
Korean Contemporary Arts
 
 
2012.09.15 ~ 10.28
Yayoi Kusama ‧ Infinity Dots  
 
2012.06.09 ~ 07.15
Confused, not Confused  
 
2012.04.21 ~ 05.20
Shinatro Miyake ‧
A COMMONPLACE TALE
 
 
2011.09.17 ~ 10.23
A Fable of Japanese Contemporary ‧ Ten Sols  
 
2011.03.05 ~ 04.05
Ye Yongqing ‧
Beyond the Bird
 
 
2010.10.09 ~ 11.20
International Contemporary Art - Absolute Glory  
 
2010.09.11 ~ 10.03
Wu Hao ‧ Blooming  
 
2010.06.19 ~ 06.30
Zhang Qikai ‧
Mr. Panda's Wonderland
 
 
2010.05.08 ~ 05.30
Nishizawa Chiharu ‧
Where are you from?
 
 
2010.03.20 ~ 04.18
Eddie Kang's Life Play  
 
2010.01.16 ~ 02.07
Kwon Ki-soo's New Xanadu ‧
Are you waiting for me?
 
 
2009.11.07 ~ 11.29
Yoshitaka Amano ‧
Flying to DEVALOKA
 
 
2009.09.12 ~ 10.04
Yang Na&Mu Lei ‧
The Fable of Fairy Tale
 
 
2009.03.14 ~ 04.08
Jang TarngKuh's Solo ‧
The Day I Saw Past and Future Sceneries Playing
 
 
2008.12.13 ~ 2009.01.04
Being or not Being ‧ Lee Lee Nam's Image Mythology  
 
2008.09.13 ~ 10.05
Ah Leon ‧ The Memory of the Elementary School  
 
2008.07.13 ~ 08.05
Kwon Ki Soo ‧
Who's Dongguri?
 
 
2008.05.17 ~ 06.08
Eddie Kang ‧ i am a bear  
 
2008.03.29 ~ 04.22
Tuly Hero  
 
2008.01.05 ~ 01.27
Super - Animamix  
 
2007.10.20 ~ 11.08
3L4D of Ultra-new Vision of 21st Century Animamix  
 
 

 

 

 

 



 
 

 

It’s been three full decades, yet it feels less than a flash. Metaphysical Art Gallery began in the art history of Taiwan and walks into international contemporary art; on this endless journey of art, each turning point is a new beginning. 210 exhibitions went through like time flowing with the images on screen, one after another. Played backwards, they are carved with youth, recording all that was once the incredible shape of art as well as its voice beyond imagination.

In October, 1989, the exhibition of painter Chen De-wang and A Digital Archive of Taiwan Art Center History saw the debut of Metaphysical Art Gallery. With this effort we combed through Taiwanese art history over the past hundred years: artists like Huang Tu-Shui, Liao Chi-Chun, Chen Cheng-po, and Kuo Po-chuan, their styles and the contexts of their works. We also visited the studios of artists across generations. It was a pure and groundbreaking time. We worked with the artists; together we broke new grounds and marched down a glorious path. Such has always been our stubborn wish. We also discovered artists outside of the mainstream circle, those extraordinary artists who stood outside of the market for their own reasons: Kuo Po-chuan, Wang Pan Youn, Chen Chi-Kwan, and so on. Their art compels us to glorify their passages with no reservation.

History always leaves its traces. In this free and open age, the works of Li Ke Ran, Wu Guan-zhong and Lin Feng Mian lead our way from this land, through the abolishment of Martial Law and contemporary arts, toward China, Post Pop, and international contemporary arts. The farther we go, the more ambitious we have become. We aspire to leave some legacies in the history of arts, and it’s been a temptation that we, with our romantic souls, can never resist. A century flew by in a glimpse, and those memories travel faster than light. Such is how we hosted exhibitions like “Chronicle: Tamsui Arts, 1910-1991,” “Mountain Township of Gold: One Hundred Years of Jiufen, 1890-1993,” “Arts in Tua-Tiu-Tiann, 1890-1995,” “Sun of the South, Red of Chikanlou: One Hundred Years of Kuo Po-chuan” and “In Pursuit of Solar Perfection: Revisiting Wang Pan Youn of Ninety Years”. A century of culture and art compels us to follow the traces of time and enrich our trivial life. We plant the seed of a big tree of imagination, awaiting its maturity and fruition in the future.

“God has the script ready a long time ago; we just follow it and play along,” Liu Max once said. We invited Wang Pan Youn to return to the art scene, twelve years after his initial retirement, and we published his memoir with the title inspired from Liu’s words, “God’s script.” At a time of turbulence and displacement, two persons of similar age and with similar hardships in life, they, with their own personalities and determinations, ended up leading two different lives and trajectories in art. Wang’s script tells a bitter story, where his memories became his life-long yearnings. As his journey came to an end, what Wang accomplished was a proud spirit marked with solitude, which added to the charisma of mystery in his paintings.

As for Jang Tarng-Kuh, we waited for six years, after his college graduation, his military service, and his return from study overseas in France, before we could finally host his first solo exhibition “Sphere of the Real and the Unreal”. It was also at that time that we spent six years to observe the waves of international arts for our transition that was bound to happen. With assistance from curators like Kim Sunhee and Victoria Yung-chih Lu and with amazing international artists, our exhibition “3L4D – 3rd Life 4th Dimension” opened a new vision in arts for Taiwanese audiences; it also created a genuine venue of communication for Japanese and Korean artists. The popular storm triggered by Kusama Yayoi and Yoshitomo Nara expanded our art market like a miracle; it proved our professional vision and resolution. It’s our mission to always be a step ahead of the trend; it’s also our hopeless vanity and the pride for who we are and what we do.

Yet it’s another time of great changes. Galleries are moving eastward from the West; on the international stage, the operation of art business is far beyond just interest-driven. The world becomes smaller, and who knows whom we’d run into in the next second; and further down the path, heaven knows who may be missing on the way. And this is how we encountered Choe U-Ram with full surprises. After yet another long wait with pleasure, for ten years this time, Choe’s solo exhibition “Anima Machine” at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, in 2016, composed a dreamy and fantastic mysterious space where the future world has been long waiting in the past. And yet once more, one turns around and discovers Bahk Seon Ghi’s charcoal sculpture reborn, again and again, in its primitive purity.

This exhibition “Salon of an Art Collector” displays all the deafening wonders in Taiwan’s as well as Asia’s art histories; they are divided in sections that the exhibition site looks like the master room of a collector. The artists and their works, those we’ve collaborated with and those that have pushed us to persist and march forward over the past three decades, here we proudly present them in the art collector’s salon. Kuo Po-chuan’s grand “Imperial Palace” shows the vermillion walls and halls, one against another, reminiscing its past glories under the green shades. Or as in Liao Chi-Chun’s “Garden in the Courtyard,” we see sunlight like broken colored glasses, enchanting the flowers; all the splendid colors of the flower blossom are splashed all over the ground into a visual wonder. On the other hand, Chen Cheng-po’s “West Huifang” paints the soul of Taiwanese folk lifestyle, bringing us back to that quiet and serene afternoon: vendors under the trees, stores by the road, hospitals, fashionable women on the streets, and the modest figure with the loads on the shoulder. Should you try harder, you would hear the whispers from the teahouse upstairs; such is Chen’s Chiayi landscape, the most touching picture he left behind. And with all the touches of the soul in his “Toward Taiwan across the Ocean”, Wu Tien-Chang portrays the elder master with thick paint and heavy, simple strokes to depict the lightness and weight of the time.

Art theater has constantly seen dazzling and ever-changing magic; “Salon of an Art Collector” witnesses the times of arts and the incitement as well as the choices they trigger. All existences shall be collected when the time comes, and everyone creates history in their own time. “Time is a great author, she can write the end of the future,” says Charlie Chaplin. The past is never forgotten, and the future is ongoing. On the road of art, people come and people go; only those that endure through the test of time can last forever. It goes with the artists; so does the galleries.

 


Kuo Po-Chuan / The Forbidden City / 73x91cm / 1946 / Oil on Canvas



Liao Chi-Chun / Garden Countyard / 72x91cm / 1970 / Oil on Canvas

 

Chen Cheng-Po / West Huifang / 117×91cm / 1932 / Oil on Canvas


Chen Cheng-Po / Tamsui / 49x64cm / Oil Painting

 


Kuo Po-Chuan / Sunrise at Tan-shui River / 35x28.5cm / 1953 / Oil on Rice Paper

   
 

Wang Pan-Youn / A Distant Road / 90x116cm / 1996 / Oil on Canvas

   
 

Hong Rui-Lin / Tamsui Alley / 41x53cm / 1976 / Oil on Canvas

   
 

Chen Chi-Kwan / A Yearn from Distance / 1992 / 62x62cm / Ink and color on paper

   
 

Liu Max / Evening Call--Po Yu Bird / 49.5x35.5cm / 1992 / Mixed Media

   
 

Wu Tien-Chang / Ancester Series ~ Toward Taiwan across the Ocean / 53x45.5cm / 1991 / Oil on Canvas


Yang Mao-Lin / Panda Sarasvati-Monroe Ⅱ / 129x77x88cm / 2008 / Bronze sculpture with Gold Foil

   
 

Jang Tarng-Kuh / Roadside Theater---Discovery / Diameter 106cm / 2012-2013 / Oil on Canvas

   
 

Chao Wou-Ki / 03.10.97 / 101x102cm / 1997 / Oil on Canvas

   
 

Takashi Murakami / !N Cha!! / 60x60cm / 2001 / Acrylic on canvas, Mounted on Board

   
 

Yoshitomo Nara / Sleepless Night (Sitting) / 29.84x13.97x16.51cm / 2007 / Sculpture
   
 

Kusama yayoi / Lemon Squash / 162x130cm / 1990 / Acrylic on Canvas


Kusama yayoi / Pumpkin (Red) / 30x20x10.5cm / 1992 / Mixed Media

   
 

Shintaro Miyake / TENCE / 57x82cm / 2012 / Color pencil on cardboard

   
 

Yoshitaka Amano / Deva Loka / 200x140x10cm / 2009 / Mixed media on aluminum panels

   
 

Yoshitaka Amano / Untitled / 50x50x10cm / 2007 / Automotive paint and acrylic on aluminum panel

   
 

Lee U-fan / From Winds / 60.5x72.5cm / 1984 / Pigment suspended in glue, on canvas

   
 

Lee U-fan / Correspondence / 92x72cm / 1995 / Oil on Canvas

   
 

Kim Tschang Yeul / Waterdrops / 150x150cm / 1977 / Oil on Canvas (Part)

   
 

Kim Tae-Ho / Internal Rhythm 2019-9 / 163.5x131.5cm / 2019 / Acrylic on canvas

   
 

Bahk Seon Ghi / Aggregation / 2019 / Charcoal, nylon threads

   
 

Choe U-Ram / Ala Aureus Insula / 78(w) x 85(d) x105(h)cm / 2017 / 
Metallic material, resin, machinery, stainless with 24K gold plated, electronic device (CPU board, motor, LED)

   
 

Kwon Ki-soo / Moon light -red forest / 116.5x91cm / 2010 / Acrylic on canvas

   
 

Tang Zhi-Gan / The Era of Children / 80x100cm / 2003 / Oil on Canvas

   
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