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Post-Colonial And Contemporary Art Trends In Taiwan

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Taiwanese art is not just theoretically post-colonial. In fact, Taiwanese art faced the fate of colonization as its real fate and sought to reflect the significance and value of local traditions, customs, and art. Taiwan experienced cultural colonization, although without having a colonial regime. The cold war period between the east and west had a deep influence on Taiwan, especially in its initial stages. The new art movement developed during the Japanese colonial period was deeply influenced by Japan. After World War II, an extremely tragic incident for the development of the culture and art of Taiwan occurred and was responsible for the focus of the cultural and artistic development of the future years. Taiwanese art experienced two roads of authentication - one created new myths and one reinterpreted the past - and artists today face the immense and grave history of the past in a relaxed manner.

Keywords: contemporary art trends; Japanese colonial period; Taiwanese art

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