The 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale (TCB) is sure to establish Yingge Ceramics Museum in New Taipei City, Taiwan, as one of the institutions at the forefront of contemporary ceramics. The title of the 2014 TCB is Terra Nova: Critical Currents / Contemporary Ceramics and we mark the beginning of the biennale with an opening party on 2 May.
The exhibition open to the public for five months, from the 2nd of May to 12th of October. The 2014 TCB Conference, which has become an integral part of the biennale, and a series of master classes and workshops take place in Yingge Ceramics Museum on the 3rd and 4th of May.
On show this year is a rich variety of beautiful and exciting works and offers an expansive overview of key trends in contemporary international ceramics. The 2014 TCB includes works and installations of 58 select international artists, designers, architects and makers. The exhibition is resolutely inclusive and features works and installations spanning five continents, including diverse nations such as Costa Rica, Peru, South Africa, China, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Israel, Indonesia, United States, Australia, France, United Kingdom, Holland, Norway and Italy etc.
The format of the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale alternates between exhibitions of works selected directly by an international jury and shows arranged by a specially selected curator. The first time Yingge Ceramics Museum offered a curator of international repute to select the biennial exhibition was back in 2010. This year, the exhibition is curated by the esteemed Wendy Gers of South Africa.
Wendy Gers is a lecturer at the Ecole Superieure d’Art et Design de Valenciennes, France, as well as research associate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. As the curator of the 2014 TCB, Wendy Gers carefully selected the works of this exhibition and arranged them according to four main themes:
- Glocal identities
- Shattered, upcycled & recycled ceramics
- 3d printed & cnc ceramics
- Digital materialities
Like previous years, the TCB 2014 follows by an international symposium and two days of workshop activities including
presentations by international artists, designers, and makers. The event brings together prominent writers, academic scholars and curators and artists to debate or demonstrate issues pertinent to creative ceramics. The event is yet another fine addition to the rich
tapestry of TBC 2014.