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"The Gravity of the Immaterial: Inaugural Exhibition at ICA, Taipei"
2001-05-27 until 2001-09-10
Institute of Contemporary Art, Taipei
Taipei, , TW Taiwan

The first museum in Taiwan completely dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art will open to the public May 26, 2001. The Institute of Contemporary Art, know as the ICA, will be a hotbed of activity, bringing together a host of Taiwan and International artists for it°s Inaugural Exhibition: THE GRAVITY OF THE IMMATERIAL.

The ICA will serve as an international catalyst for art exchange, focusing on the contemporary works of Taiwanese artists and invited international artists. Education will be a key feature to this unique museum and will be an important bridge between artists and community. Using ICA°ús resources as a vehicle for communication the programs aim to promote public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art, and its relationship to our everyday lives.

The ICA is located in a historic building dating back to the 1930°ús. It once served as an elementary school and later as the City Hall for the Taipei Government. In 1994 the building was earmarked to become a museum, and in 1999 the ICA began developed.

The opening exhibition The Gravity of the Immaterial explores three themes in contemporary art. The first theme The Communication of Hope explores the culture of community, The Debate with Subjectivity contemplates the development and dilemma of the personal situation and finally Material Touches examines the characteristics and culture of our electronic media. Twenty-six artists hailing from Taiwan, Japan, Holland and America will participate in the exhibition.

The ICA is located at 39 Chang-an West Road, Taipei, Taiwan 103; and is a short walk from the ChungShan MRT station. The museum will officially open to the public Sunday May 27, 2001. The opening reception with the Mayor of Taipei is Saturday May 26, 2001 at 7pm. The hours of the museum will be from 10:00am to 6:00pm Tuesday through Sunday.

The Artists included in the exhibition are:

Peter BORGERS Holland
Catherine CHALMERS USA
CHANG May-ling Taiwan
CHEN Cheng-tsai Taiwan
CHEN Hui-chiao Taiwan
CHEN Long-bin Taiwan
FANG Marvin Taiwan
HUANG Hsiao-yen Taiwan
HUANG Wen-hao, CHANG Alf, WANG Fu-jui Taiwan
HUNG Su-chen USA
YAMAGUCHI Katsuhio Japan
KU Shih-yung Taiwan
LAI Jun T.T. Taiwan
LIN Michael Taiwan
Margot LOVEJOY USA
LU Ming-te Taiwan
P8 Taiwan
RATH Alan USA
Bert SCHUTTER Holland
TANG Huang-chen Taiwan
TSAI Hai-ru Taiwan
TSONG Pu Taiwan
WU Chung-wei Taiwan
WU Mali Taiwan
YANG Chen-yum Taiwan
YAO Jui-chung Taiwan


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