Taipei Art Award winners Llunc Lin (林昆穎) and Chen Chih-chien (陳志建) team up with a series of installations in The Flowing Feast (流水席). The show, which examines the motifs of time and the environment, features their most recent video, photography and light installation pieces.
■ Galerie Grand Siecle (新苑藝術), 17, Alley 51, Ln 12, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段12巷51弄17號). Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1pm to 6pm.
Tel: (02) 2578-5630
■ Until Nov. 8
The Story of Shanghai presents a series of oil paintings, watercolors and ink paintings by 50 artists reflecting the momentous changes that have taken place in Shanghai since the 1930s. The works on display were borrowed from the Shanghai Art Museum.
■ Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), 181, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市中山北路三段181號). Open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm, closes at 8:30pm on Saturdays. Tel: (02) 2595-7656
■ Until Nov. 8
Yang Chih-fu (楊智富) presents a new series of oil on canvas expressionist works in a solo exhibit at Impressions Gallery.
■ Impressions Art Gallery (印象畫廊), 40, Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市仁愛路四段40號). Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:30am to 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 7pm. Tel: (02) 2705-9966
■ Until Oct. 25
Open Your Mind is a group exhibition by five young German artists, including Matthias Galvez, Amely Spotzl and Bernd Zollner, who work in paint, installation, photography and mixed media.
■ Aki Gallery (也趣), 141 Minzu W Rd, Taipei City (台北市民族西路141號). Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 12pm to 6:30pm. Tel: (02) 2599-1171
■ Until Nov. 1
Anima (魔幻) is an animation festival that brings together 56 works by artists from Taiwan, France and the US.
The animation production techniques range from traditional media such as hand-drawn puppets to the latest in digital 3D computer animation.
■ Digital Arts Center (台北數位藝術中心), 180 Fuhua Rd, Taipei City (台北市福華路180號). Open Fridays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Tel: (02) 7736-0708. On the Net: www.dac.tw
■ Until Oct. 25
Functionality is the underlying concept of Creative Living: Selected Exhibition of New Ceramic Works (創意生活。陶瓷新品評鑑展). The group exhibit of contemporary ceramics features 57 works organized according to five themes: household, ornamental, industrial, sanitary and architectural.
■ Yingge Ceramics Museum (鶯歌陶瓷博物館), 200 Wenhua Rd, Yinge Township, Taipei County (台北縣鶯歌鎮文化路200號). Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9:30am to 5pm, closes at 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Tel: (02) 8677-2727
■ Begins Saturday, until Dec. 13
Tobie Openshaw is confident that Taiwan’s government has good reasons for not including him in the Triple Stimulus Voucher Program, which launched at the beginning of this month. That’s just as well, because it seems unlikely he’ll ever discover the logic by which it was decided that he, along with other foreign residents not currently married to Taiwan citizens, shouldn’t receive the vouchers. “We’ve stood side-by-side with our Taiwanese friends through the COVID-19 crisis, complying with government measures, cheering its success and sharing that news with the world at large. If the stimulus coupons are meant to be spent to keep
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