Still Waters Run Deep

2018.02.10 - 2018.06.10 KMFA Galleries 104-105

Extended Venue:
Former Tangrong Brick Kiln、Kaohsiung Museum of History、Kaohsiung Film Archive、Kaohsiung Main Public Library、Cijin Kitchen

The grand-opening exhibition of the renewed main galleries 104 & 105 to mark the first major space reconfiguration project at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts since it opened in 1994.
Using light to define the space and the image of river as a metaphor, the transformation explores new possibilities between a museum and its city.


The exhibition theme, “still waters run deep,” is an English idiom and aims to use “river” as a metaphor to connect the city’s cultural context and topographical texture from both the temporal and spatial dimensions. Temporally speaking, this connection is imagined to be vertical, making use of the city’s history and extending its memory and depth to string together the city’s past, present and future. Spatially speaking, the connection is envisioned as horizontal, employing the image of a river that originates from the museum and flows through other cultural and historical sites.

The exhibition invites eight foreign artists and five Taiwanese artists and art groups, and showcases their representative or site-specific works. The foreign artists featured in the exhibition include John Thomson (1837-1921), who made his photographic works of Takow (Kaohsiung) when he arrived in Formosa (Taiwan) in 1871; pioneering American conceptual artist, Joseph Kosuth; Su-Mei Tse, whose works won the Golden Lion Prize for Best National Participation for Luxemburg in the 2003 Venice Biennale; renowned Japanese contemporary visual artist Miwa Yanagi, who also engages in theatrical performance; Japanese artist Yoshihiro Suda, who is known for his delicate plant sculptures that are seemingly growing from subtle places in daily life; Japanese artist Masaya Hashimoto, who exquisitely transforms sculptural craft into contemporary art; Taiwan-born artist Charwei Tsai, who has been active in international art scene in recent years; and Taiwan-based French sound artist Yannick Dauby, who dedicates his works to explore the auditory experience. The Taiwanese artists and art groups featured in the exhibition include Legend Lin Dance Theatre, internationally known for its tranquilly slow-paced and uniquely refined aesthetics; Mali Wu, who has been endeavoring in art action and discussion of public issues throughout the years; conceptual performance artist Jin-Hua Shi, whose works reveal profound contemplation on life and its inherent suffering; Wen-Chi Chen, whose images investigate the authenticity of memory; and graffiti artist Candy Bird, who has been exploring social issues with a highly original style.