【English】Chen Cheng-po outdoor Art Museum
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Chen Cheng-Po Outdoor Art Museum is exhibiting twelve pictures of Tamsui scenery by the first fine-art painter Chen Cheng-Po (1895-1947). The exhibition introduces viewers to historical aspects of the paintings, leading them into the Tamsui of former years.
During the mid-1930s, Chen visited Tamsui frequently. He portrayed various natural and cultural products from the local area with paint, fountain pen, or pencil, on canvas or sketchbook. It is rare in Taiwan, even in the whole of Asia, for a painter to create such a great number of scenic works depicting a single location, so these paintings are special.
Chen’s works are not only of value in terms of art history, they are also evidence of Tamsui’s history. Many scenes and buildings depicted in Chen’s works are still well-preserved. Guests may visit famous spots like Jinkang Street, Tamsui Red Castle, Chapel of Presbyterian Church, Tamkang Senior High School, and Customs Wharf, which have been depicted in Chen’s paintings. One may experience the history of the town of Tamsui through these incredible artworks.
The exhibition is hosted by Tamsui District Office and Chen Cheng-Po Cultural Foundation, and is on display at the art gallery in front of the Presbyterian Church Chapel. Through a Beacon mobile guiding system, the visitor is able to view a detailed analysis of the painting while appreciating the works, and listen to the audio tour in Chinese, English, and Japanese.

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