WONDERLAND is the first multi-artform survey exhibition of Australian art in Taiwan. It conveys the dynamic processes of rethinking Australia's identity, its evolving values and ever growing understanding of environmental responsibility.
Australia has been developing strong relations with Asia, including Taiwan, through trade, investment, and cooperation. It is one of the best places in the world to live. Even so for most Taiwanese the country remains a mystery and many still hold stereotypes about it, notions of which should have long expired. Public diplomacy through cultural projects is a compelling way to tell the story of the country from today's perspective.
In surveying contemporary art the exhibition brings an unusual cross-section of media, art forms and processes. There are 45 artworks in the exhibition, created by 27 artists.
We hope to offer audiences diverse pathways leading to another kind of wonderland: one found in inspiration, curiosity and unexpected encounters.
A great work of art can take us to places in our heart, soul and mind impossible to reach in any other way. It is how culture is shared between one place and another.
We experience it in our own unique individual way but the sharing benefits us all as a community. We all hope the exhibition expresses not only a fresh view of Australia but also new ways of enjoying art.
Nearly 120 public programs and free events accompanied the exhibition, including weekly activities with the Taipei Zoo, home to 13 koalas gift from Australia