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Trick Art: Workplace Safety
The 4th Special Exhibition Gallery, Life Science Hall
May 22 - October 13, 2013

Prepare and prevent, don't repair and repent.

hat will pop up in your mind when you are viewing Millet's 'The Gleaners', Munch's 'The Scream', and Picasso's 'The Family of Saltimbanques'? What will you feel when you are enjoying Chaplin's 'Modern Times' and 'Lunch atop a Skyscraper'? Do you think the characters in these masterpieces are conscious of workplace safety?

Modern Times

Workplace safety is a concept that involves creating a safe working atmosphere, securing and safeguarding the lives of the employees or workers. It is of prime importance since there are professions which involve risks that could turn out to be fatal. Under supervision of Council of Labor Affairs, the National Museum of Natural Science presents the Trick Art: Workplace Safety exhibition in collaboration with Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to recall people that no matter what profession you are in, workplace safety is of utmost importance. Here in the exhibition visitors will experience the excitement of trick art with a collection of world-renowned paintings as well as access to the most up-to-date information and knowledge about occupational safety and health.

Dr. Yang Chung-hsin
Yang in the Gallery
"Workplace safety is a very serious issue, but we make it inspiring, interesting and entertaining," said Dr. Yang Chung-hsin, Head of the Museum's Exhibit Department and the organizer of the exhibition, at the opening reception. "Trick art involves using visual manipulation or optical illusions to create art. The use of colors perspective techniques and lighting creates amazing 3D effects on flat surface paintings. Your eyes play tricks on your mind as two dimensional painting have been skillfully rendered by our team to make them appear as three dimensional. There are similar trick art exhibitions or workplace safety exhibitions in Taiwan and other countries. But, Trick Art: Workplace Safety is the first one in the world, which combines the both!" Yang added proudly. Yang also noted that they combined science with art, aiming at reminding the visitors of the importance of occupational safety and health, and encouraging them to make art a part of every aspect of lives.

In Trick Art: Workplace Safety exhibition, visitors will see the poster of Rosie the Riveter, the famous black-and-white photograph Lunch atop a Skyscraper, a 4-minute short film condensed from Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, the portrait of Paracelsus, Millet's The Gleaners, Rembrandt's The Night Watch, Munch's The Scream, Picasso's The Family of Saltimbanques, and Van Gogh's Noon: Rest from Work… etc. Aside from those famous artworks above, the exhibition display some optical illusion pictures which are created by the clever painting of shadows and action outside the perimeter of the picture frames. So for example in the painting above , two legs of the chigger are painted on the wall outside the frame which gives the perception of reality to the scene. Well placed lighting enhances the 3D effect. In addition to participating in these world-renowned paintings to obtain the full effect by posing alongside these masterpieces, visitors will learn about a wide range of injuries and illnesses resulting from occupations, and how to prevent from damages through easy but creative interpretive panels or videos.

In the gallery, photography is not only permitted, it is encouraged! It is a great place to bring children to spark their creativity and imagination, and perhaps trigger an appreciation of art.

  • Trick Art: Workplace Safety is a ticketing exhibition. Admission fee is as follows:
    Adult: NT$50
    Concession: NT$30 (member, group 20+, student, military, senior 65+, VIP with complimentary ticket , visitor with ticket to Exhibit Hall, Botanical Garden, Science Center, Theater, and Education Park)
    Free: senior 70+, child 6- or 115 cm-, licensed guide, disabled visitor and one companion, visitor with ticket to From Dragon to Beast exhibition.

Trick Art: Workplace Safety is organized by the National Museum of Natural Science in collaboration with Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Additional support is from Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.