Have you ever heard of a microscope that can magnify objects over 2000 times that a young child can fold from paper ?  How about a scorpion with eight segmented legs, pincers, and tail crafted from a single sheet of paper without cuts or glue ?  Chimei Museum proudly displays these and nearly 400 other works of folding in a new exhibition, Origami Universe.  This is the largest ever exhibition of origami in the world, with more than 60 artists, designers, scientists, and researchers from over 20 countries.

Origami, in its most traditional form, is the art of folding a single square of paper with no cuts or glue.  Historically, origami models were limited  to  a  small  number  of relatively simple designs, such as the paper crane.  Starting in the 1950s, a revolution in folding techniques began, which sparked innovation in more complex designs and different genres of origami.  These genres include tessellations, where folded patterns repeat within the sheet of paper, and modulars, where multiple sheets are assembled into a structure held together purely through friction.  These developments resulted in amazing works of art and an exponential rise in origami’s popularity.  Origami evolved beyond just paper.  Researchers around the world developed mathematical theories and laws that governed the possibilities of folded structures.  Designers now use these to create furniture, fashion, and scientific devices.  Origami Universe showcases this broad spectrum of contemporary origami creations.

This exhibition features three main categories of origami. The first features living forms, both real and imagined. The second shows geometric sculptures, featuring curved folds, complex polyhedra, and intricate polygon textures.  The final section displays applications of origami, showing how folding can be incorporated into various aspects of life through different fields.

Chimei Museum is dedicated to offering its public truly inspiring exhibitions.  We know you will have a completely different view of origami after seeing Origami Universe.  It is our hope that Origami Universe will encourage people of all ages to have fun and be innovative through folding.  You will be amazed by the possibilities of folding paper !  Come explore our Origami Universe!