ALIEN Art

ALIEN Art’s commitment to every project lies in a concern for the environment and the development of self-awareness, enhancing both individual existence and social sustainability. By supporting a multi-disciplinary approach to artistic creation incorporating technology, science and other fields of study, the Centre explores contemporary issues and engages viewers in new ways of seeing and thinking.

Timeline

2016
■ November ALIEN Art curated and managed the visual art program at Kaohsiung luxury hotel Silks Club, introducing exciting new works such as German collective ART+COM’s kinetic sculpture and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s installation about the lunar cycle. The building also became an educational platform: “Foundation for Emerging Artists” involves participation from Taiwan’s eight respective fine art colleges and aims to foster interaction between artists and creatives all over the world.
■ December ALIEN Art took over the ALIEN Art Centre development project, whose mission is to promote the cultural and historical values of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to an international audience.

2017
■ February ALIEN Art collaborated with Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst to mount a solo exhibition for German artists-designer Franz Bette. The show presented a discussion on the concept of applied art to the Taiwanese public.
■ April ALIEN Art unveils the installation of American light and space artist James Turrell’s Corinth Canal, Diamond ( 2016 ).
■ August ALIEN Art commissions Hong Kong multimedia artist Kingsley Ng to produce a site-specific project at the historical Kinma Military Hostel, a barracks erected in the 1960s and utilized until the late 1980s.
■ November Silks Club officially opens.

2018
■ Silks Club wins an IES 2018 Illumination Merit Award, presented by The Illumination Engineering Society of New York, USA.
■ January Silks Club wins “The Best Cutting-Edge Design Award” at the 2018 Best D.E.S.I.G.N. Hotels Awards, organized by the Chinese media group The Bund.
■ April ALIEN Art invited Paris-based design studio Vier5 and Stuttgart’s arnoldsche Art Publisher to create an exhibition catalogue for Franz Bette. The beautiful tome went on to participate in international book fairs and exhibitions in Frankfurt, London, New York and Beijing.
■ October A series of images featuring the interior of Silks Club by Taiwanese photographer Hao-Yu Chiu receives an Honorable Mention at the 2018 International Photography Awards of Los Angeles, USA.
■ November Silks Club is a finalist at the UK’s 2018 World Interior News Awards.
■ November A solo presentation of Taiwanese photographer, educator and writer Juan I-Jong’s prints “The Stare of Light: The Lost Grace” opens at ALIEN Art Centre.
■ November “Prism: Approach Unseen Scenarios” is on view concurrently. The exhibition ruminates on the history of Kaohsiung and imagery of Southern Taiwan.

2019
■ February ALIEN Art Centre’s “Franz Bette: Der rote faden” opens.
■ May ALIEN Art Centre mounts solo show for Italian painter “Robert Pan: The Way of Seeing.”
■ May Opening concurrently is ALIEN Art Centre’s “Hsiao Chin: The Colours of Ch’an,” a visual feast of the Chinese abstractionist’s boldly-coloured repertoire. A parallel exhibition “Les Couleurs du Zen, Peintures de Hsiao Chin" takes place at the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet in Paris.
■ September ALIEN Art Centre stages artistic debut of YUIMOM Group Founder “Shao Yung-Tien: The Free Minds.”
■ October With the support of Munich’s Cultural Department as well as the city’s Erwin and Gisela von Steiner Foundation, ALIEN Art Centre unveils the very first retrospective in Taiwan for Japanese jewelry artist “Jiro Kamata: VOICES.”
■ October Silks Club is honoured with two accolades at the 2019 edition of the World Luxury Hotel Awards: 《Luxury Art Hotel – Global Winner》 and 《Luxury All Suite Hotel – Continent Winner: Asia》.
■ November In collaboration with the Shozo Shimamoto Assocation and the Foundation Morra of Naples, Italy, ALIEN Art Centre mounts a solo exhibition of the Osaka-born Gutai artist’s powerful canvasses “Shozo Shimamoto: Across the Borderlands of Art.”