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Latin American, Caribbean art show opens in Taipei


The biggest-ever exhibition oF contemporary art from the Caribbean and Latin America in Taiwan opened yesterday at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), with president-elect Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) expressing hopes that the show would generate more cultural exchanges with the region.

The exhibition, titled Landings 8, is the eighth series of the Landings project, showcasing 50 artistic works alongside 100 video clips created by 18 young Caribbean and Latin American artists during a two-week stay in Taipei.

Ma said the museum hosted two exhibitions on the region in 1999 and 2002 during his tenure as Taipei mayor, adding at the opening ceremony that “this is a good continuation of what we did” and helps broaden the public’s view of the world.

Ma, who will be inaugurated on Tuesday, said the nation should be proud of its “soft power” of culture, democracy, freedom and the hospitality of its people, and promised that his administration would focus on cultural affairs.

The exhibits will be on display in the museum’s Gallery D through July 6.

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