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Permanent Exhibition
Outdoor Art
Outdoor Art
The Southern Branch of the NPM’s indoor and outdoor spaces are full of energy. This off-site project presents different perspective of history and culture, embracing various approaches to artistic creativity. These site-specific art installations define an open air gallery connecting the interior and exterior of the museum, and create a public sphere for everyone to explore and enjoy freely.

Ark of Art: Co-Naissance
Like an ark which carries the vestiges of history and life, art is naturally integrated with its surroundings as an ecosystem; “Co-Naissance” represents such an energy flow. Through 11 artworks, this exhibition explores the beauty of nature and life to create dynamic cycles, giving free rein to a new vision of the Southern Branch.
Exhibition Information
  • Event Date Permanent Exhibition
  • Location
Wen-Shin Wang(TW)
The Unknown Time
The Unknown Time is hidden under the earth.
The Existing Time A: Rock Cores
Cores from different areas in Taiwan, including including the surroundinds of NPM’s Southern Branch, the southern part of the Western Foothills, and the Coastal Mountain Range, are collected and presented on the ground.
The Existing Time B: The Soil
Soil is the thin layer of the earth’s crust. The local soil shapes undulating landscape and creates another object.
These reassemblages and the narratives behind them are successively displayed, with mixed and compressed time as well as space, forming a dialogue between above and below [the earth].
ArchiBlur Lab+Tu Xing Studio(TW)
Earthen Space
Via different approaches to the soil, such as a solid foundation as well gaps between terracotta, Earthen Space suggests a sight line regarding the land around it and connects with the wind, becoming a field of sounds.
Group Bricoleur(TW)
The wind is used as an element to capture the landscape. This installation moves gently with the breeze, and cast shadows under the sunlight like the wings of soaring birds in the wind. People take steps and move with the scenery as if the wind and the view of the Southern Branch form a rhythmic Windscape.
Ming-yuan Kan / Taiwan
Leaving the Fish Trap Behind, Forgetting the Raft
  • Bamboos, Plants
  • Floating raft: 24m x 12m; Body: 8m in diameter
Although shaped like a raft or a fish trap, it is neither a raft nor a trap; instead, it is more like a small house resting on the waterfront or a secret childhood base lying in the wilderness.
Not until one would take the fish and leave the fish trap behind can a sharing of thoughts become possible (The Biographies of Eminent Monks). “Ye Bhiksus should know that the Dharma I expound is likened to a raft,” said the Tathagata frequently. “Even the Dharma should be cast aside, how much more so the not-Dharma?” (The Diamond Sutra).
Eleng Luluan / Taiwan
  • Mixed Media
  • 2.5m x 20m
With earth as paper and thread as ink, I weave and record for the earth.
Wapacapacase means "embroidery being…."
Pacase is the Rukai word for embroidery and carving.
Since the Rukai has no writing, they use pacase as symbolic signs to record their culture and history. When words are brought in from different cultures, they are like symbols embroidered on paper, writing and recording the accumulation of knowledge. Thus, we have internalized them and call them pacase.
Elly Lin / Taiwan
Smiles, Dances
  • Metal, Pear tree
  • 6m x 0.45m x 2.6m
Each thread of smile, each line of dance, and with fate as a starting point to create a slow living elegance, this artwork is the collision of plants and iron, vaguely highlighting the unknown. And with plants as the core of creation and the courtyard of the Southern Branch of NPM as the base, the three-dimensional shape of interweaving plants with light vs. shadow and brightness vs. darkness are created.
Furthermore, the stories of human life on the earth, the smiles in their hearts, and their dances with time are hence displayed.
Pahawlan Cilan / Taiwan
The Endemic Species at the Southern Branch of the NPM
  • Fiberglass
  • 1-2m x 1.6m
Although Taiwan is a narrow and densely populated region, the wild boar still maintains a certain number of population, mainly because it is not picky about its diet, is highly reproductive, and is athletically agile, etc.
The Taiwanese are similarly resilient, industrious, and hardworking, and so on, a national trait that has developed into the present.
The Southern Branch of the NPM grassland is showcasing the primitive landscape of early Taiwan, in which the giant wild pigs imply perseverance and restraint, poised to embrace a new future to surpass themselves.
Iyo Kacaw / Taiwan
A Portrait of Cool Wind
  • Wood
  • 10.5m x 5.1m x 3.5m
The wind is blowing, and in this hot summer, both the body and the mind can be peaceful and pleasant.
The wind dries the sweat and cools off the restless heart.
The meadow, the flowers, and the trees begin to dance and sway together.
The fruit on the trees and the seeds on the flowers are carried away by the wind to new fields, waiting to germinate.
The formerly calm waters are now stirred up and the waves are bobbing up one by one.
The fish swim happily, and the birds open their wings to enjoy the temperature and direction of the wind.
We cannot see the wind, but the movement of everything is the most beautiful line and image of the wind.
Johan Cheng / Taiwan
The Taiwanese Way!Embroidery and Adornment
  • Metal
  • 7.9m x 9.4m x 3.6m
Walking in the embroidery workshop, I bumped into green, white, yellow, red, and black.
As a matter of fact, what I saw was the Azure Dragon, the White Tiger, the Yellow Qilin, the Vermilion Bird, and the Black Tortoise (Translator's note: they are Chinese mythical animals).
The master said the motif first, the body second, and lastly the color.
I wonder if it could be paper carving, metal, and coloring?
The traces of stitches and threads on the fabric are the deeply-rooted proof of Taiwan's folk beliefs.
Let me use the distance that is closest to the earth to adorn the people’s undoubted firm belief.
Deborah Halpern(AU)
Earth Mother
Exploring the chaotic space between softness and power, the openwork design turns the green grass and light-filled shadows into an interesting kind of dialogue and interaction.
Nicolas Holiber(U.S.A)
Based on a gui bronze vessel with an animal pattern from the Western Zhou dynasty, this work has a fresh and modern spirit with a pure artistic language that expresses both emotion and rhythm.