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“2050. A Brief History of the Future”, artistic exploration of the humanity in the context of technological development at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

Until June 6, 2018, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts presents “2050. A Brief History of the Future”, an exhibition which invites a total of more than fifty participating artists including Olga Kisseleva from Taiwan and abroad to adopt an angle of thinking about and probing the future from the point of view of contemporary works of art in exploring many of the social issues in today’s world.

2050 is a future point in time that has not yet arrived. Many projections of the future of humankind envision the changes and appearances of our lifeworld in the year 2050. These yet unarrived times and objects are not far from our present and combine the history we have once experienced with humankind’s goals and aspirations for an ideal future life, drawing a possible blueprint for the future. The exhibition “2050, A Brief History of the Future” aims to discuss the future world by looking at the development of human material civilization.

The exhibition is curated by Pierre-Yves Desaive, and its name and concept are inspired by « A Brief History of the Future », published by French economist Jacques Attali. The exhibition outlines the relationship and dialogue between Taiwan and the exhibition’s main theme by showcasing East-West exchange and development during the Tang Dynasty, geopolitical and imperial power in the Age of Exploration, economic and political changes in Asia after the Cold War, as well as the market economy and technological development in the current era of globalization.

The exhibition extends and expands upon the above-mentioned framework to display in Taiwan a deep reexamination of various economic activities from the perspective of historical developments, as well as of the allocation of power, the history of civilizations in the context of technological development, and the composition of ideologies.

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1/ Jenny Holzer, “Light Stream”, 2013 (detail), 28 LED signs with blue, green, red & white diodes text: truisms, 1977–79; survival, 1983–85; living, 1980–82; installation: light stream, pearl lam galleries, hong kong, 2013. © 2013 jenny holzer, member artists rights society (ARS), NY; photo: collin lafleche
2/ Yang Yongliang – “The Day of Perpetual Night”. Photos by: Zhuang Yan