Planned by GAA, at the Venice Biennale 2017, the foundation is especially pleased to invite Tsai Wei-Cheng to attend the exhibition, which is one of the three major exhibitions in the word and it’s also the most prestigious Venice Exhibition.
Tsai Wei-Cheng will bring his artwork “Iron King Kong- Wearing the courage ,you can be invincible”, the first time he sets foot in the city which encourages people to take action to pursue their ideals. The exhibition is named “Journey to the West ” curated by Dr. Woan-Jen Hsu, She conveys Tsai Wei-Cheng’s works in a brisk, easy to understand and a humorous way.
The aim of GAA is to enhance the world’s awakening, the understanding of art ,and art related matters. To explore these topics more deeply from a philosophical perspective through the various themes of art, architecture and culture. The foundation was started in 2005, GAA has been using the subject of time, space, existence to invite artists, architects and people from all over the world to contemplate it.
This time, Tsai Wei-Cheng’s exhibition will be held at the Palazzo Mora. Cultural interaction between the East and the West has been going on for a very long time. As early as the 3rd year of Zhenguan in the Tang dynasty (AD629), there was Xuanzang the Buddhist monk going west to seek dharma. Xuanzang exited the border from Liangzhou, going through countries in Western Regions, climbing over the Pamir mountains, and eventually arriving in Tianzhu (now India). It took him 16 years to return to Chang’an, the capital of Tang dynasty (AD645). Afterward, Xuanzang translated 75 Buddhist sutras into 1,335 volumes, and he is regarded as the greatest Buddhist sutra translator in Zhongyuan (the central plain of China).
Today, approximately 500 years after the completion of Journey to the West, Taiwanese his disciples went through. The Tang monk, inspired by and modeled after Xuanzang, is the protagonist of the novel on the surface, but the focus of the whole storyline is gathered around his most senior disciple, Sun Wukong. Today, approximately 500 years after the completion of Journey to the West, Taiwanese artist Tsai Wei-Cheng is bringing Sun Wukong west (Venice) again with his 72 Series of sculptural work, a series that has great cross-cultural significance.
This trip to the West is no longer about retrieving Buddhist sutras but taking Eastern philosophy to the Western world. Tsai Wei-Cheng uses this contemporary art language to compose this divertimento about Sun Wukong going west. The series is brisk, simple, and humorous, yet it profoundly conveys the concept of the universe and life throughout the long history of the Orient.