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Koepsel talks about how he bridges Munich and Taiwan

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Poster:Secretariat OfficePost date:2018-04-14
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The Center for Art and Technology featured Mr. Lars Koepsel in a talk about his collaboration with Taiwanese artists over the years.
 
In his talk, “Building a Bridge,” Mr. Koepsel explained how he set up “AoA” in 2013, creating a space in Munich dedicated to bridging Taiwanese artists with the city. 
 
AoA partners currently include the Munich city government, Taipei Artist Village and the Goethe Institut Taipei. AoA has organized many exhibitions and exchange activities featuring artists from Taiwan and Munich.
 
The German artist, whose wife is Taiwanese, has also been involved in various exhibitions and programs in Taiwan over the years, including an residency at the Bamboo Curtain Studio in 1997, iAart at ITPark in 2010, and his solo exhibition “Exercises of Emptiness” at Taipei’s VT Artsalon in 2014.   
 
All these projects have allowed him to understand Taiwan more, he said.
 
Answering a question from his audience at the talk about whether AoA would run projects carrying political agendas, Mr. Koepsel said Taiwanese artists usually have been very cautious about political issues when exhibiting in Munich.
 
Some galleries in Munich who have sponsorships from China have made it very clear that they will not exhibit works by Taiwanese artists, he noted.
 
He added that many young artists in Germany have been rather conservative about political issues because of self-protection and the realities of the art market.
 
Caption: German artist Lars Koepsel (second left); his wife Hsieh Li-mei (third left); Prof. Jun-Jieh Wang (left), chairperson of the Department of New Media; Mr. Jens Rosler (third right), director of the Goethe Institut Taipei; and Mr. Chun-Chi Lin (right) at the Koepsel’s talk. 
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