I spent my entire life researching Chinese culture and the aesthetics of life, and I discovered that the essence of Chinese culture is simple, plain, healthy, and diplomatic. I hope that I can take this spirit and modernize it and apply it to the aesthetics of everyday life in an effort to modernize and internationalize Chinese culture, and to provide a new hope and direction to a utilitarian world in chaos. —YuYu Yang
YuYu Yang（1926-1997）was born in Yilan, Taiwan. Yuyu’s parents moved to Beijing for business when he was still a child, and he enrolled in school there. After graduating from middle school, Yuyu went to Japan and took the entrance examination for the Tokyo School of Art, but returned to Beijing during the turmoil of World War ll, where he enrolled in the Art Department of Fu Jen University.
He was later forced to leave his parents and to Taiwan, then, where he enrolled in what is today known as National Taiwan Normal University. Yuyu studied traditional painting techniques, architecture, and sculpture in Beijing, Tokyo, Taipei, and Rome. Over an art career spanning more than 60 years, he held numerous large and small solo exhibitions and dozens of joint exhibitions.
Yuyu saw the modernization and internationalization of Taiwan art, and his art works were a leading force for innovation. Collectively, they mirror the development of Taiwan modern art.
While Yuyu was in charge of artistic design for Harvast Magazine, he portrayed the simple and honest lives of people living in Taiwan’s traditional agricultural society. When Taiwan’s economy began to expand, he began to devote himself to landscape development for a number of public spaces, becoming a pioneer in public art in Taiwan. His use of stainless steel in his sculptures showed his respect for both nature and the arts, and many of his works have now become local landmarks.
The TFAM, in its study of the modernization of Taiwan art, hopes to present the unique characteristics of Taiwan art and its different stages of development. To this end, the Museum has selected representative works from Yuyu’s different periods, oils, sculptures, spatial planning, and outdoor sculptures, more than ninety works in total.