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The Shi Jinhui Art Museum

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The Shi Jinhui Art Museum

For those who enjoy the visual arts or have an interest in Buddhism, the Shi Jinhui Art Museum is an important stop on any tour of Tainan’s northern districts. Located in Anxiliao just south of the town of Houbi, the Museum houses many of the works of famed local painter Shi Jinhui and his wife and fellow artist, Lin Yingying. 

Shi was born in Xinjia Village, a small community in Houbi District, in 1962. At the age of four, he created his first painting, a portrait of the Guanyin Bodhisattva enshrined on the family altar. By the time he was ten, his work was already drawing attention locally (one of the earliest paintings on exhibit at the museum is a remarkable self-portrait that Shi painted while still a sophomore in high school).

Shi had his first major break as an artist at the age of nineteen, when he created his painting Motherly Love. The work catapulted him to national attention and his paintings have been sought after by collectors ever since.

In 1983, Shi married Lin Yingying. The couple built a studio in Anxiliao, where they lived and created together for the next three decades. Starting in the 1990s, Shi entered into the first of many collaborations with Fo Guang Shan, a major Buddhist organization based in southern Taiwan. It was during this period that he painted his 33 Guanyin Bodhisattvas, which are now housed on the second floor of the museum.

Shi and Lin began work on the museum in 2012. Unfortunately, Shi passed away before the work was completed. Lin Yingying, a well-known artist in her own right, carried on and opened the museum in 2015. Although the bulk of the four-story museum is dedicated to Shi’s paintings, Lin’s work is represented as well. The various exhibits focus on different periods in the artists’ lives and on different themes such as early works, oils, religious paintings, and bird and flower paintings.

The Shi Jinhui Museum is a unique chance to see the collected works of one of Taiwan’s foremost modern artists on display, and is highly recommended. Visitors should note that the museum is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Monday through Friday by appointment. Visit the website https://www.shi-jinhui.org/en/visit-information  or call (06) 6321699、0937906438 to make a reservation. 

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  No.47-2, Chang An Village, Houbi Dist., Tainan City

  臺南市後壁區長安里47號之2

  +886 6 6321699、+886 937906438