2017 / March
Kuo Han-chen /photos courtesy of Chuang Kung-ju /tr. by Katje Chen and Darryl Sterk
A casual passerby of the bustling shop at the intersection of Lanjing Street and Guohua Street in Chiayi City might lift his head and see a sign proclaiming the site to be the former residence of Chen Cheng-po. Although he was acclaimed as the father of Taiwanese modernism, Chen’s untimely death in his prime led him to be forgotten by many. That has changed, however, as in the past decade or so his paintings have auctioned for ever-rising prices and there has been a cultural shift towards appreciating Taiwanese artists.