The International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, is one of the most iconic and prestigious art events with the longest history in the world. Since 1995, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) has been participating in the exhibition on behalf of Taiwan. For over 20 years, Taiwan’s representation at the International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia has been responding to the drastic changes in the ecology of the art world, and has become an important international platform to present Taiwanese artists.

        From past experiences of organizing the Taiwan’s representation, TFAM realized that many young and talented art professionals in Taiwan has not yet been given the opportunity to participate in exhibitions on an international scale. For the first time in 2017, TFAM launched an “Art Administration Training Programme” which provided many applicants an opportunity to become intern docents for Taiwan’s representation at the Venice Biennale. We received positive feedback from visitors who were able to interact more closely with the exhibition with the help of the intern docents. Also, the first-hand information that the docents gathered on site has become precious reference for organizing exhibitions in the future.

        In the “Art Administration Training Programme” 2019, four docent internship positions were open for application. TFAM offered training programmes for the selected candidates, where artist Shu Lea Cheang, curator Paul B. Preciado, and senior staff of the museum gave lectures on the piece 3x3x6, the history of Taiwan’s representation at the Venice Biennale, and the tour-guiding training.

        Docent interns will directly interact with the audience, explain the curatorial ideas and the context of the exhibition and the works. Not only can the tour guides provide a more enriching experience for visitors at the exhibition, but also allow intern docents an opportunity to take part in the front line of the museum’s work.

        Sponsored by the Museum Friends Association, the first edition of the programme launched successfully. With the sponsorship of CTBC Foundation of Arts and Culture on the 2019 Programme, this meaningful project continues to offer young talents training opportunities.