Ju Ming /   Zhu Míng



Ju Ming
Zhu Míng
March 11, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Ju Ming is a Taiwanese sculptor who attained fame in Taiwan in the 1970’s, and in New York in 1983. Ming was trained as a woodcarver, apprenticed to Lee Chin-chuan as a teenager. He developed his skill and applied it to a range of media, including bronze, styrofoam, ceramics, and stainless steel.

Ming was born in Maioli, Taiwan, where he studied as an apprentice under Master Chin-Chuan Lee, the Buddhist statuary craftsman, working on restorations of the Mazu temple. Ju won several awards and prizes working in the traditional Taiwanese folk art style at the Taiwan Provincial Art Exhibitions in 1966 and 1967. Shortly thereafter, he began studying under the tutelage of Taiwan’s most eminent Modernist sculptor Yuyu Yang (1926-1997). With his new mentor, Ju began working on large-scale Abstract works and exploring new materials such as copper, iron, stone, stainless steel, sponge, and ceramic. Thanks to Yuyu’s support, Ming inaugurated his first solo exhibition at the National Museum of History in Taipei, Taiwan in 1976, which was a huge success.

Through the sculptural set which symbolizes the ideas of “imprisoning others, being imprisoned by others, and self-imprisonment”, the artists demonstrates that the subtle distinction between freedom and limit are in fact controlled by one’s thoughts of prisoning. The cage of the sculptures is locked from the inside with the key inside the lock. The figures inside the cage eventually could have freed themselves. The scenario shows that people are in fact self-imposed to be locked. Though life are more complicated and interconnected and cannot be simply defined to binary choices; the artist just tries to point out that lock or unlock, freedom or limit, good or evil are actually done by human’s own choices.

Ju received various awards and recognitions for his talent. In 1977, the Tokyo Central Art Museum in Japan hosted Ju’s first international exhibition. Ju’s most famous body of work, the Taichi series, is inspired by his personal practice of Taichi boxing. In 2007, Ju was awarded the 18th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize, following a long list of honors. A few of the institutions in which the artist has exhibited include the Hong Kong Arts Center, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Paris. The artist’s work is permanently on view at The Ju Ming Museum in Chinshan in Taiwan, which houses many of his monumental sculptures.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Solo Exhibition Ju Ming — Sculpting the Living World Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong KongGroup
2009Grand Presenting of Living World Series Scientist TaipeiGroup
2009Grand Presenting of Living World Series Swimming TaipeiGroup
2006Exhibition National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, TaichungGroup
2006Exhibition National Art Museum of China, BeijingGroup
2006Time Square Individual Exhibition Hong KongGroup
2006Montreal Individual Exhibition CanadaGroup
2005Displays the Living World Series-the Armed Forces TaipeiGroup
2005Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau Exhibition MacaoGroup
2004Exhibition the Museum of fine Art, Gifu, JapanGroup
2004Exhibition the Singapore Museum of Fine Arts, SingaporeGroup
2003Exhibition Berlin, GermanyGroup
1999Luxembourg Individual Exhibition LuxembourgGroup
1999Brussels Individual Exhibition BelgiumGroup
1997Exhibition at the Place Vendôme Paris, France.Group
1995Retrospective Show the Hakone Open-Air Museum, JapanGroup
1995Exhibition at the ART ASIAInternational Fine Art Expositions, Hong KongGroup
1994Exhibition the Glory Sculpture Park, Hsinchu, TaiwanSolo
1993Exhibition the Shinjuku Mitsukoshi Department Stores, TokyoSolo
1992Individual Exhibition the Hanart TZ Gallery, TaipeiSolo
1992Exhibition the Nippon International Contemporary Art Fair (NICAF), YokohamaSolo
1992Individual Exhibition the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, TaipeiSolo
1992Exhibition the ART ASIA-International Fine Art Expositions, Hong KongSolo
1991Solo Exhibition Musée d’Art Contemporain de Dunkerque, FranceSolo
1991 Solo Exhibition the Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong KongSolo
1991 Solo Exhibition the Southbank Center, LondonSolo
1991 Exhibition Browns Gallery, LondonSolo
1991 Solo Exhibition the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, LondonSolo
1991 Solo Exhibition the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Stores, TaipeiSolo
1989 Solo Exhibition the Phyllis Kind Gallery, New YorkSolo
1988 Solo Exhibition the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (the old Taiwan Museum of Art), TaichungSolo
1987 Solo Exhibition the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, TaipeiSolo
1986 Solo Exhibition Exchange Square, Hong KongSolo
1986 Solo Exhibition the Singapore History Museum (the old National Museum of Singapore), SingaporeSolo
1985Solo Exhibition the Max Hutchinson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1984Individual Exhibition the Ayala Museum, ManilaSolo
1984 Individual Exhibition the Bhirasri Institute of Modern Art, BangkokSolo
1983Individual Exhibition the Max Hutchinson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1981Individual Exhibition the National Museum of History, TaipeiSolo
1981Individual Exhibition the Max Hutchinson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1980Solo exhibition the Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong.Solo
1978 Individual exhibition Tokyo Central Art Museum, TokyoSolo
1978Solo exhibition Spring Gallery, TaipeiSolo
1977Individual exhibition the Tokyo Central Art Museum, TokyoSolo