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Guests attend the CTBC Bank’s “VIP Night” at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (北美館) on Dec. 3, 2020, including CTBC Financial Holding General Manager Daniel Wu (吳一揆), third left, CTBC Financial Holding Chief Administrative Officer Roger Kao (高人傑), sixth from right, CTBC Bank Executive Vice President Tony Yang (楊銘祥), first from left, Retail Banking Executive Vice President Amy Yang (楊淑惠), second from left, CTBC Foundation for Arts and Culture Chairman Feng Chi-tai (馮寄台), fourth from left, TFAM Director Ping Lin (林平), fifth from left, Martin Guinard, fifth from right, and independent curator Eva Lin (林怡華), third from right, and the participating artists. (Courtesy of CTBC Bank)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The 12th edition of Taipei Biennial (2020台北雙年展), which runs until March 14 at Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM, 臺北市立美術館), is showcasing a strong line up of works by 57 participants/groups from 27 countries and territories worldwide.

The international event, which received the support of CTBC Foundation for Arts and Culture (中信文教基金會), is co-curated by French philosopher Bruno Latour and French independent curator Martin Guinard, together with Taiwanese independent curator Eva Lin (林怡華) who is in charge of public programs.

This year’s biennial features a fictional “planetarium” within the museum wherein the invited artists, activists and scientists will explore the tensions between the gravitational pull of different “planets.”

CTBC Bank held a “VIP Night” on Dec. 3, inviting nearly 160 guests to examine the conflicts and dialogues arising from major ESG issues (Environmental, Social and Governance) such as climate change, politics and the economy through the Five Planets presented in the exhibition.

CTBC Charity Foundation (中國信託慈善基金會) Chairman Jeffrey Koo Jr (辜仲諒), right, CTBC Foundation for Arts and Culture Chairman Feng Chi-tai (馮寄台), center, and CTBC Financial Holding Chief Administrative Officer Roger Kao (高人傑), left, visit the Five Planets at the 2020 Taipei Biennial at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (北美館). (Courtesy of CTBC Bank)

TFAM Director Ping Lin (林平) and Martin Guinard guided guests through the Five Planets, namely “Globalization,” “Security,” “Escape,” “Terrestrial,” and “Alternative Gravity,” explaining the origins and meanings of their artworks in an easy-to-understand way.

Speaking at the event, Ping Lin thanked the CTBC Foundation for Arts and Culture for giving the museum a “pair of wings to farther and farther away.”

CTBC Foundation for Arts and Culture Chairman Feng Chi-tai (馮寄台) said with a smile that it was his first time at the TFAM after during closing time which reminded him of the blockbuster “Night at the Museum,” making the entire audience laugh.

Also in attendance, CTBC Financial Holding General Manager Daniel Wu (吳一揆), CTBC Financial Holding Chief Administrative Officer Roger Kao (高人傑), CTBC Bank Executive Vice President Tony Yang (楊銘祥) and Retail Banking Executive Vice President Amy Yang (楊淑惠) enjoyed a tour of the exhibition.

As one of the most influential financial institutions in Taiwan, CTBC Bank helps solve social problems and promote low-carbon transformation through its core competency in the financial industry.

This year’s Taipei Biennial, which centers on “You and I don’t live on the same planet” is considered a critical issue for which it is important to extend support.

TFAM Director Ping Lin (林平), first from right, shares some highlights of the exhibit for CTBC Charity Foundation (中國信託慈善基金會) Chairman Jeffrey Koo Jr (辜仲諒), center, and CTBC Foundation for Arts and Culture Chairman Feng Chi-tai (馮寄台), left. (Courtesy of CTBC Bank)