Crossing the Straits, Depicting the Eternal
by Yok Mu-Ming, Chairman of the New Party
Translated by Bevin Chu
In 2005, Chairman Lien Chan and Chairman James Soong, in order to promote cross-strait peace and bring about a revival of Chinese culture, overcame numerous obstacles and visited mainland China. Since then, relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have become ever closer. I myself have shuttled back and forth, doing what I can individually to promote cross-strait cultural, academic, medical, legal, educational, economic, and trade exchanges. In 2008, I established the Taipei Association for Cross-Straits Services.
In 2009, I accompanied KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung and people from all walks of life on Taiwan to Changsha, Hunan, to attend the Fifth Cross-Strait Trade and Cultural Form. The purpose of the forum is to increase cross-strait cultural exchanges and cooperation and to promote our common cultural heritage. Participants from both sides offered a ten point proposal. These ten points include: Encouraging government agencies on both sides to increase cultural exchanges, to take turns organizing a cultural festivals, arts festivals and other large-scale cultural exchanges, to help Taiwan-based literary and arts groups participate in the Shanghai World Expo, to support cross-strait cultural and arts institutions, arts groups, and artists with art instruction, art co-creation, to conduct exchanges, tours, and commercial demonstrations, to encourage library, art museum, museum, and cultural artifact conservation agencies and research institutions to conduct cultural exchanges, joint research, and hold joint exhibitions.
Following a long period of gestation, preparation, and consultation, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the China Art Museum, the Conceptual Art Center and the Taipei Association for Cross-Straits Services have organized a month long “China Oil Painting Masters Exhibition” to be held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in the spring of 2010. The Art Museum of China has invited artists to Taiwan to participate. Through their works of art, they will have the opportunity to speak to their countrymen on Taiwan.
What masters of oil painting seek is not merely to capture the moment, but the eternal. What the public on both sides seek, is not merely fleeting fame and fortune, but enduring peace and happiness. Masters of oil painting capture the moment on canvas. They transform their impressions into cultural masterpieces. What we fight for all our lives, and leave to posterity, must not be a work of art that has been torn in two.
On behalf of the Taipei Association for Cross-Strait Services, I invite masters from the Chinese mainland to exhibit their works on Taiwan. I believe that Taiwan compatriots will welcome these masters from the Chinese mainland with open arms, and appreciate their work with open minds. I would like to thank the China Art Museum, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and the Conceptual Arts Center, and wish the “China Oil Painting Masters Exhibition” every success.
郁慕明 Mu-Ming Yok