International exhibition exploring the future opens in Taiwan

"2050, A Brief History of the Future" debuted on Mar. 24 at at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. The works which was exhibited displayed the imagination of the future through the views of the artists, drawing many people on the opening day. (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.3.24)

Taipei, March 24 (CNA) A Taiwanese version of the “2050, A Brief History of the Future” opened at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, showcasing art works and installations that attempt to paint a picture of the future based on our current trajectory.

The exhibition was first presented at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels and the Louvre in Paris in 2016, and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is collaborating with the Belgian museum for the first time to enable a version of the show to debut in Asia.

Museum Director Hsiao Tsung-huang (蕭宗煌) said at Saturday’s opening ceremony that the show brought together nearly 60 works from 50 artists from Taiwan and abroad that address questions raised in French economist Jacques Attali’s book “A Brief History of the Future.”

Previous renditions of the exhibition have shown how the world will look if we continue to accumulate trash, how cities can develop greener, smarter infrastructure, and the historic events that have led to these scenarios.

This version of the exhibition, however, features the voices of Taiwanese and other Asian artists, giving it a unique Asian perspective, said Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君).

The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts corporates with Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium on international exhibition “2050, A Brief History of the Future.” (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.3.24)

Among the past events highlighted are “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, and the market economy and technological development in the current era of globalization,” according to the museum’s website.

Cheng said Attali’s work is not only a prediction of the future but a call for people to come together to tackle future challenges, and she hoped that visitors will be inspired to think about the future and start a conversation about how to make the world better.

The exhibition is curated by French art historian and critic Pierre-Yves Desaive and will run until June 3.

(By Su Mu-chun and Kuan-lin Liu)