TAICHUNG, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two pieces of jade art from the National Palace Museum (NPM) and artworks by Japanese artist Mika Ninagawa, will be displayed at the Taichung World Flora Expo running from Nov. 3 through April 24, 2019.
“Jadeite Cabbage,” an exquisite jade sculpture of a bok choy with a locust and a katydid perched on a leaf craved from a green-and-white jade, will be displayed at the Houli Horse Ranch along with another piece of jade art from Qing dynasty.
“ORCHIDS, FRAMED Mika Ninagawa” which features a collection of photographs of orchids and floral designs by Ninagawa, will be showcased at the Blossom Pavilion.
Comprising two hemisphere architectures that form a shape of “8,” the Blossom Pavilion will also present the ecology, aesthetics, technology and real life applications of orchids, in collaboration with Taiwan Orchid Breeders Society and artist Tsai Erh-ping to celebrate the theme of flowers.
A landscape titled “Tianshui Seven Postures of Water” created by a Japanese garden company will also be featured at the venue. Under the theme of “blessing of God,” the landscape depicts the seven movements of water to express the wonder of nature.
Moreover, a joint exhibition featured more than 150 flower-themed artworks, will be held in collaboration with Tokyo Fuji Art Museum at the expo to exchange dialogues.
Established in the Japanese colonial era, the Houli Horse Ranch is the oldest and largest horse ranch in Taiwan. As the origin of Taiwan’s equestrianism, the ranch used to breed over 200 horses at its peak. As the architectures inside embody historical and social significance, the Taichung City Government transformed the venue to give it new meanings while retaining its historical heritage.
According to Taichung City Mayor Lin Chia-lung, the Southern Branch of the NPM has launched ticket package for the public to visit both the expo and the Southern Branch of the NPM, which will also showcase another jade sculpture of bok choy from the NPM.
In response to the flora expo, the NPM will incorporate digital projection and interactive devices to transform its collections of flower and horse-themed cultural relics into images, to offer glimpses of life in Qing and Northern Song dynasties.