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PROJECTNAME Going Global: The Growing International Recognition of Ju Ming DATE 2016/12/31 ~ 2018/04/01 GALLERY Main Building of Juming Museum, 2F With the variability of the 20th century international art circle, an artist, when attempting to enter the world stage, would inevitably be influenced by complex factors behind “art”, such as national culture policies, public and private museums, galleries, and the market. The reason Ju Ming could excel in the international art circle was not only his insistence on his own styles, but also the assistance of friends getting him through challenges, allowing him to produce powerful artistic energy.

Ju Ming had the world in mind when he journeyed to Rome in 1977. He then went to New York and was gradually on his way into the international art circle. And yet Europe, the cradle of modern art, was where he desired recognition. At the time, Ju Ming was creating the “Taichi Series” and the “Living World Series” in a parallel manner. The “Taichi Series,” in particular, attracted great global attention with its deep cultural roots and rich modernity. It contrasted itself strongly with the predicament of forms and the void caused by the break between tradition and contemporaneity in modern art after WWII.

Hong Kong and New York were Ju Ming’s starting point and grabbed him the attention of the international art circle. In 1980, his “Taichi Series” amazed audiences in Hong Kong. Johnson Chang (Chang Tsong-zung) thus learned about Ju Ming and his works in newspapers and magazines and later started working with him. Together they worked on increasing Ju’s international exhibition experience. For an artist aiming to go global, having a “resume” with exhibitions at national art museums was of importance. Therefore, in 1984, Chang planned a touring exhibition in Southeast Asia, going from the Philippines to Thailand, and to Singapore. Step by step Chang was building Ju’s experience of international exhibitions. In 1991, with the assistance and coordination of friends, Ju Ming officially entered the art circle in Europe by holding an exhibition of the “Taichi Series” at Southbank Centre in London. In addition, the “Living World Series” was exhibited at Musée d'Art contemporain de Dunkerque in the same year. The display of the “Taichi Series” and the “Living World Series” in Europe went hand in hand, and the great vitality within these works were widely praised.

The process of Ju Ming gaining international recognition shows that the success of an artist is by no means accidental. Factors such as having a good curator, among others, are indispensable. However, the key still lies in the effort and hard work of the artist himself. To Ju Ming, “art” is like an eternal mountain, and even to this day, he is still climbing it tirelessly trying to reach the top.

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