Capital Art Center (首都藝術中心) begins the Lunar New Year with a group exhibit of paintings by well-known Chinese artists including Zhang Xiaogang (張曉剛), Yue Minjun (岳敏君) and Zeng Fanzhi (曾梵志).
■ Capital Art Center (首都藝術中心), 2F, 343, Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市仁愛路四段343號2樓). Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 6:30pm. Tel: (02) 2775-5268
■ Begins on Friday. Until Feb. 26
The Golden Age of the Qing: Treasures From the Shenyang Palace Museum (大清盛世:瀋陽故宮文物展) presents 124 objects — armor, weapons, costumes and vessels — borrowed from China’s Shenyang Palace, also known as the “Forbidden City beyond the Great Wall” because it was the seat of two Manchu emperors during the Qing Dynasty. Divided into five sections — The Rise of the Manchu, Warriors from Wilderness, Beauties of the Court, Emperors and Empire, and Luxuries of the Court and Imperial Life — the exhibit charts the Manchu’s rise to power and the daily life of its rulers after forming.
■ National Museum of History (國立歷史博物館), 49 Nanhai Rd, Taipei City (台北市南海路49號). Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Tel: (02) 2361-0270. Admission: NT$250
■ Until May 1
Root of Treasure is a public video installation by Japanese artist Shimura Nobuhiro. The artist takes the Chinese character for shell (貝) as the key subject for his installation and ponders its linguistic relationship with the logogram for treasure (寶貝), which includes the shell character. The light installation features a fountain of shells pouring down a riverside in a display that signifies arrival.
■ Fuhe Riverside Park (福和河濱公園) in Gongguan (公館). Shown daily from 6:45pm to 11pm
■ Until March 27
Damn It, It’s the World Wonder (糟了！是世界奇觀) is a group exhibit by 11 Taiwanese artists who examine the relationship between extravagant buildings — Taiwan’s Taipei 101 or the Burj Khalifa in Dubai — and greed.
■ Taipei National University of the Arts — Kuandu Museum of Arts (國立臺北藝術大學關渡美術館), 1 Xueyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市學園路1號). Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 5pm. Tel: (02) 2896-1000 X2432
■ Until Feb. 27
Pursuing Artistic Brilliance With Self-confidence (神韻‧自信~蒲添生百年特展) is a centenary exhibit on the life and work of Pu Tien-sheng (蒲添生), a sculptor known mainly for his memorial statues, busts of famous historical figures and figurative sculptures of gymnasts and animals. The exhibition is comprised of a total of 100 works by Pu — 80 sculptures, 13 pastel paintings, three oil paintings, Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. The museum has also constructed a replica of Pu’s studio, complete with his working materials, so as to offer a deeper understanding of the artist’s working process.
■ National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (國立台灣美術館), 2, Wucyuan W Rd Sec 1, Greater Taichung (台中市五權西路一段2號), tel: (04) 2372-3552. Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm. Admission: Free
■ Until March 13