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National Palace Museum to host first ever comic-themed exhibition

2018/06/15 21:21:11

Taipei, June 15 (CNA) The first ever comic-themed exhibition to take place at the National Palace Museum in Taipei will be dedicated to the late comic book artist Chen Uen (鄭問), the Minister of Culture said Friday.

At the opening ceremony for the MOC-organized exhibition "The Legacy of Chen Uen – Art Life and Philosophy," Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said Chen's world was filled with the aesthetics of philosophy, poetry, fine art and life.

Chen not only influenced several generations of comic artists, but also broadened the boundaries of comic artwork, Cheng said.

Addressing the ceremony, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said that her administration has taken a series of measures to promote the development of comics industry in Taiwan, which, she said, is starting to obtain initial results.

The exhibition, which opens to the public Saturday and will run through September 17, is set to feature approximately 250 pieces of original illustrations, manuscripts, and sculptures.

Born in 1958, Chen launched his comic book career in 1984 and is best known for his use of bold colors and traditional Chinese ink-wash painting techniques.

In 1991, he became the first foreign national to win the prestigious Japan Cartoonists Association Award for his work "Heroes of the East Chou Dynasty."

Crossing over to gaming, Chen had also collaborated with Japan's Game Arts to make a special edition of the popular video game "Romance of the Three Kingdoms," which features characters based on his drawings.

Chen passed away in 2017 at the age of 58 from a heart attack.

(By Chiang Pei-ling and William Yen)
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