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Hsinchu exhibits Max Liu

By Liao Hsueh-ju and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A Po Yo Bird sculpture is displayed on Monday in an exhibition of Max Liu’s works held at the Art Center of Minghsin University of Science and Technology in Hsinchu County. The event is to run until June 5.

Photo courtesy of the Minghsin University of Science and Technology

More than 100 works by artist Max Liu (劉其偉) are being exhibited at the Art Center of Mingshin University of Science and Technology until June 5.

Cohosted by the Max Liu Culture and Art Foundation, the exhibition in Hsinchu County’s Xinfeng Township (新豐) features a range of Liu’s works, from self-portraits to paintings of the Po Yo Bird (婆憂鳥), Liu’s bird invention that is common in his work and based on a story told to him by his grandmother.

The exhibition is divided into themed sections: works featuring the Po Yo Bird, which evoke Liu’s memories of his grandmother; works portraying interactions between mothers and children; works rendering sex as a continuation of life; and later works, which illustrate ecological conservation and animal protection.

A Po Yo Bird sculpture is also on display.

As an artist, Liu was young at heart and filled with a passion and longing for adventure, center director Lucky Lu (呂盈蓉) said.

He worked as engineer, author, painter, explorer and cultural anthropologist, she said.

Liu lived through a family bankruptcy, World War II, the Vietnam War and other misfortunes, she said, adding that having worked most of his life as an engineer, he taught himself how to draw at age 38.

In his later years, Liu conducted anthropology studies of rural tribes, the center said.

Liu was a prolific writer, as well as an advocate of ecological conservation, it added.

The foundation has since 2011 organized a touring exhibition of Liu’s works that has visited school campuses.

The exhibition’s opening ceremony on Wednesday last week was attended by Chen Kuo-kuan (陳國寬) of the foundation; Liu’s grandchildren Liu Yi-sun (劉怡孫) and Liu Ssu-tsen (劉思岑); and Liu’s granddaughter-in-law Wang Yung-yuan (王永元).

At the ceremony, College of Humanities and Social Sciences dean Liu Chung-chih (劉崇治) presented the foundation with a certificate of appreciation. Liu Ssu-tsen gifted a work by her grandfather to the center.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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