1989 - Paid a monthly visit to Master Xu Xiutang
at the Yixing Factory
1990 - A photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Liao
Hongbiao at the Shiwan Artistic Ceramics Factory
2004 - Tao Tao Chu’s happy gathering with
Mr. and Mrs. Shang Tao
Introduction of Tao Tao Chu
With our passion for art, we founded Tao Tao Chu in 1983. Upholding the concepts of devotion and responsibility, we have been engaged in the pursuit of works of sincerity, exquisiteness and rarity, hoping to establish a favorable cycle that links up the three parties: the artists’ creation, the art works and the viewer.
We have visited Yixing in Jiangsu, Shiwan in Guangdong, Shanghai and Nanking in the previous two decades, and have made friends with masters like Shang Tao, Liao Hongbiao, brothers Xu Xiutang and Xu Hantang, Gu Jingzhou, Shen Juhua and Gu Shaopei. In an incessant process of learning and exchanges, we have had the opportunities to witness the birth of outstanding pieces, one by one, including “Da Qi” by Shang Tao, “The Sedentary Buddha Sakyamuni” by Liao Hongbiao, and “Eighteen Arhats discussing sutras” by Xu Xiutang. These were representative works of rarity created in China in the 80s’ and the 90s’ and in the hardest moment in the life of the artists concerned. Today, it is almost impossible to find such works of originality. It was fortunate and honored of Tao Tao Chu to be able to collect these exquisite works of contemporary Chinese culture around the time when China started to open up its economy. We expect the introduction of the air museum of Tao Tao Chu will provide future art workers, whether they are the theory-oriented academics or traditional craftsmen and artists, a brand-new space for interflow. We also hope under the influence of the air museum, the gap between the traditional and the modern and that between eastern and western arts will be narrowed, so as to supply new inspirations to the cross-strait environment of art education and contemporary art.
The 21st Century is that of the Chinese. But what is it that can represent Chinese culture? When art or literature is mentioned, foreign works always occupy a dominant position. It is hoped that the air museum will be offering us an opportunity to see what can make Chinese people really proud.
Tao Tao Chu,