Taiwanese Culture Featured at Overture October 19-November 2, 2016

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Contact: Sarah Knab, Overture Center, 608.258.4438 /

Taiwanese Culture Featured at Overture October 19-November 2, 2016

Two-week limited showing in Overture’s Playhouse Gallery with reception and puppetry performances

Madison, Wis. – As part of the City of Madison and UW – Madison celebration of “Taiwanese Culture in Madison 2016”, Overture will present an exhibition from October 19 – November 2, with open reception on Friday, October 28, and Taiwanese puppet shows October 28 and 30. The celebration honors and shares traditions and contemporary practice of arts and culture from Taiwan.

Schedule of events at Overture Center:

Art Gallery | Playhouse Gallery | Wednesday, October 19 – Wednesday, November 2, 2016

  • Cheng-Po Chen, Taiwan, Chiayi born artist (1895-1947), was often described as the pioneer of Western art in Taiwan. Chen’s painting “Outside Chiayi Street” was selected for the Imperial Art Exhibition in Japan when he was still an art student in Tokyo, making him the first Taiwanese to earn the honor with an oil painting. Chen’s painting “Lucid Water” was selected for the World Fair in Chicago (1933).

Over the course of his life that was cut short with a tragic ending, Chen produced many artworks representing scenes of life and landscape in Taiwan infused with his personal vision, and conveyed them to the world.  Chen’s artistic creation and serve as a window through which later generations could view the development of Western art in Taiwan.

  • Dr. C. K. Chang (1945-) is a full-time surgical pathologist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. He is a realistic painter, often in the impressionist style. He is an enthusiastic nature lover and paints landscapes. He has participated in more than 100 group shows over the last 25 years throughout the state and has won many regional and state awards. He had more than ten solo exhibits at various places, including San Diego Taiwanese Cultural Center, Pyle Center in Madison, Monroe Art Center and University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.

Reception & Music for Cheng-Po Chen’s Artworks | Playhouse Gallery | Friday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m.

  • The public is invited for a reception and an evening of paintings by Cheng-Po Chen and music performed by the Taiwanese students of UW-Madison Music Department.

“A Sea of Puppets” | Rotunda Stage | Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, October 30 at 1 p.m.

  • Taiyuan Puppet Theater Company from Taipei, Taiwan is a world renowned traditional puppet theatre company which finds new ways advance this traditional art.  The company combines the skills of Taiwanese puppet-masters, puppet carvers, designers and writers. The theatrical event of “A Sea of Puppets” has been performed in over 50 countries, and has proven to provide a fascinating glimpse of one of the most beautiful theatre performances in the world.  Accompanied by traditional music, the show uses no dialogue and is suitable for all ages.

Taiyuan Puppet Workshop | Rotunda Studio | Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m.

  • The public is invited to a workshop to learn about the history, tradition, and fascinating artworks of Taiwanese puppet theater. Taiwanese glove puppet theater has a rich and varied tradition in which music, carving, embroidery and a delicate performance technique all come together for the art performance.

The celebration will include Taiwanese cinema film screenings at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the art exhibition of a prominent Taiwanese artist Chen, Cheng Po (1895-1947) and a local Taiwanese artist Dr. C.K. Chang in Overture Center Playhouse Gallery, a concert to honor the brilliant artworks of Chen, Cheng Po, series of academic lectures focusing on designs and culture and a final component of the diverse program, the Taiyuan Puppet Theater Company’s performance of “A Sea of Puppets”, which will showcase the unique artistic brilliance and an everlasting tradition of Taiwan.

Admission is FREE and open to all ages for all programs. For more information about “Taiwanese Culture in Madison 2016”, please visit

OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Madison, Wisconsin features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies and hundreds of local artists engage people in over half a million educational and artistic experiences each year.


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