Chen Chi-Kwan: 2004 - 8th National Award for Arts (Documentary DVD)
by Li, Kui-Hsien
Taipei: National Culture and Arts Foundation, 2004. Original. DVD. New. DVD in jewel case, still in shrink wrap. Text on insert in Chinese and English. Chen Chi-kwan was born in 1921 in Beijing (then Beiping). He studied architecture at Central University. . In 1951 he was invited by the famous Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius (1883-1969) to work for his architectural firm, also being recommended to teach part-time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Three years later, in 1954, Chen received a phone call from the architect I.M. Pei to go to Taiwan and work on designing the campus of Tunghai University. In September of 1960 he would return to settle in Taiwan on a permanent basis, setting up the Department of Architecture at Tunghai University and single-handedly overseeing the design of its Luce Memorial Chapel. From then on his life was inseparable from Taiwan, and he went on to great achievements in architecture and painting, his excellence in both being known far and wide. Chen Chi-kwan used a uniquely Western perspective to revolutionize traditional Chinese painting, employing his "Mind's Eye" to view the world. His paintings have a pure and fresh quality, a style all their own. He developed innovative views on humanity and nature while achieving startling results in both modern and traditional aesthetics. Consequently, on 3 September 2004 the National Culture and Arts Foundation presented its eighth National Award for Arts in the category of fine art to Chen. - from http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh98/chikwan/english/english_page_01.html.
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