The word Matière has the meaning of subject, material, matter and content, but it is not only limited to experiencing artwork through visual or tactile sensations, but means the feelings of the abstract senses as well. Crafts, rooted in the land, climate, customs and habits of life, keep pace with time and daily life. The exhibition of Matière of Life aims to present aesthetic value via the variety of Taiwan crafts.
According to the Eastern philosophy concept, many distinguished artisans thought the beauty of craft comes from putting it to use, so the craft is a combination of practical utility and beauty. The pioneer of Taiwan’s craft movement, Yen Shui-Long, states that the craft is not only to produce the traditional style objects but also to produce living crafts in consideration of people’s lifestyle. All of them seek to pass on the conception of crafts’ value and beauty by putting them into practical, everyday use.
The spirit of craftsmanship is to create objects’ function in application and beauty. People can experience the special beauty of crafts through the five senses by using them in daily life instead of collecting or displaying them in a museum. This exhibition will focus on the trends of crafts application in people’s life and will display the rich creativity of Taiwan crafts. It will also offer a great opportunity for people to experience a variety of tasteful living styles, and provide new ideas and kindle innovative spirits to present the fine crafts and creative skills of Taiwan's artisans. Finally, it will be the cultural foundation to be inherited by the next generation.
2018/4/26 Thu 10:30am - 8:00pm
2018/4/27 Fri 10:30am - 5:30pm
2018/4/28 Sat 10:30am - 5:30pm
2018/4/29 Sun 11:00am - 5:00pm
National Building Museum (401 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, United States)
National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute
Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States