Nostalgia and Modernity — Exhibition of Postwar Taiwanese Architectural Documents presents the trails of architectural development after World… Read More
Nostalgia and Modernity — Exhibition of Postwar Taiwanese Architectural Documents presents the trails of architectural development after World War II in Taiwan. The origins of the exhibition began in 2007 when National Taiwan Museum initiated the project to collect design drawings of Postwar Taiwanese landmark buildings. For two years the project has managed to garner more than 20,000 pieces of architectural documents and this number is still rising. These drawings have fully expressed how the architects pursued for modernization, and how they interpreted modernity in their minds, in the postwar period when the reconstruction of architectural professionalism was intervened by State. What is more important is that each building obstinately conveys the idea of so-called “modernity”. However, placing these buildings together leads us to understand that the connotation each work contains is different. This perhaps is due to the fact that the architects came from diverse places all around the globe with different ideas about what is modern, and their works emerged in Taiwan owing to the unpredictable historical change. This combination finally shapes the diversified countenance of Postwar Taiwanese Architecture.
In 2006 and 2008 under the support of Headquarter Administration of Cultural Heritage, Council for Cultural Affairs, we organized “Retrospective Exhibition of the Architectures of Da-hong Wang” and “Exhibition of the First Generation of Architecture in Postwar Taiwan” where an initial attempt at arranging and representing some of the architectural documents was carried out. Now, upon this basis we continue to add more materials and extend the content of “Rustic & Poetic — Exhibition of the 1st Generation of Postwar Architecture in Taiwan”. The reason for this action is to firstly, grasp a comprehensive thread from the contemporary context; secondly, to discover the role each architecture plays in historical context, and thirdly, to reflect upon the role adaptation of architecture discipline. Especially when the current architecture discipline is deeply affected by the continuous changes of urbanism and landscape, we need to look back. The exhibition is not to laureate these architects, but is to understand the advantages and shortcomings of ourselves. Only by looking truly back into the past can we find a possible road to the future. Read Less