After City Officials Criticized Her for Showing a Controversial Artwork, the Director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum Will Resign

The museum denies that criticism of Ping Lin's curatorial choices led to her abrupt resignation. 

Artnet News
Date: December 9, 2020

Installation view of Mei Dean E’s I-DEN-TI-TY (1996/2020). Courtesy of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum via Youtube.

Ping Lin, director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan, has announced that she will resign from her post in January of next year. The unexpected news comes after local elected officials publicly criticized Lin’s inclusion of a mordant, political artwork in an exhibition she co-curated this summer. 

The artwork in question, I-DEN-TI-TY, an installation by local artist Mei Dean E, features 15 golden plates that represent the countries with which Taiwan has broken diplomatic relations, shrouded in textiles bearing phrases such as “shame” and “disgrace.”

First created in 1996, the work was updated this year for “The Secret South: From Cold War Perspective to Global South in Museum Collection,” an exhibition of art from developing countries in southeast and western Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands.

According to ArtAsiaPacific, Taipei city councilor Yu Shu-hui called the installation “an incitation of xenophobia, or a pure rage out of resentment” in a Facebook post that has since been deleted, and demanded that the artwork be removed. Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je added to the controversy by saying that, if one of the countries in Mei’s piece complained, “we should give the director Lin Ping a demerit.”    [FULL  STORY]

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