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Essays

From anguish to irony

The Chinese identity complex in Taiwanese art

J.J. Shih

LIU CHIN-TANG, The Abandoned, 1934.

A the beginning of August 1994, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum simultaneously conducted centenary exhibitions for two deceased Taiwanese artists—Chen Cheng-po and Liu Chin-tang. The exhibition of the former consisted mainly of paintings loaned out by the Chen family which had remained hidden away for many years and could be described as the most extensive and comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Chen Cheng-po's work since his death in 1947 during the Uprising of…

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