- Event Time
2021-09-26~2021-11-14Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 am-7:00 pm
- Event Location
- 4th Floor-2, No. 21, Section 1, Dunhua South Road., Songshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Sanmao is known in the Western world with the name “Echo,” as in reverberation: the mountain nymph in Greek mythology who is cursed by jealous Hera and lost the ability of speech and can only repeat the last three words of others, leaving behind nothing but endless beckoning and quests.
This special exhibition is simultaneously a dedication to Sanmao and an echo that has journeyed for 45 years, from 1976 till this day; the display is like longings from a past life, presented before our eyes.
As a further enrichment to the exhibition, we invited Chiang Hsun to write an article “Distant Wanderings: Sanmao and Her Times;” Hsieh Chun-Te also wrote a piece titled “A Second Glance at Sanmao’s Beauty and Charm.” The writings are like understated French films, timeless in the passing of the ages. Through these different works, we look back on the life of Sanmao, but also see the creative touches of Hsieh’s personal style.
This 2021 exhibition is also a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the death of painter Shiy De Jinn. While planning for the Shiy De Jinn special exhibition at Chishang Art Center, we were simultaneously organizing the Sanmao special exhibition at Michael Ku Gallery. When Shiy passed away in 1981, Sanmao wrote an article as a tribute to Shiy. Hsieh Chun-Te befriended Shiy in the 1960s and took photographs of Sanmao in the 70s, linking the three artists together.
Hsieh Chun-Te pointed at a painting in the background of a photograph of Shiy, saying: “This is Shiy’s painting of Sanmao!” Sadly, the painting is now lost.
September 18, 2021, Taipei