Intimate Views (私房圖景) presents the work of renowned contemporary artists from Taiwan and China, including painting, sculpture and video installation by Chen Chieh-jen (陳界仁), Kuo Wei-kuo (郭維國), Liu Shih-tung (劉時棟), Xia Yang (夏陽) and Hsiao Chin (蕭勤)
■ Lin & Lin Gallery (大未來林舍畫廊), 16 Dongfeng St, Taipei City (台北市東豐街16號), tel: (02) 2700-6866. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 4pm. Until Jan. 22
Photo Courtesy of Eslite Gallery
Hometown Boy (金城小子), a large-scale solo exhibition of work by Chinese contemporary painter Liu Xiaodong (劉小東), brings together two of the artist’s recent preoccupations: those living on the margins of society and his hometown of Jincheng (金城), a small city in China’s Liaoning Province. Liu’s realist paintings depict the country’s momentous changes through images of his family members and childhood friends. In addition to several oil paintings, the exhibit includes close to 40 ceramic pieces, drawings and more than 200 diary entries, providing an in-depth look at the artist’s visual style and inner thoughts.
■ Eslite Gallery (誠品畫廊), 5F, 11 Songgao Rd, Taipei City (台北市松高路11號5樓), tel: (02) 8789-3388 X1588. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until Jan. 15
Photo Courtesy of National Museum of History
Japanese filmmaker and composer Takagi Masakatsu fuses electro-acoustic music with surreal videos of regular folks in Ymene, his first solo exhibit in Taiwan. Though some critics have called his work slightly nostalgic, the psychedelic aspect of the videos is far from sentimental.
■ Agora Art Space (藝譔堂), 104, Ln 155, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台北市敦化北路155巷104號), tel: (02) 8712-0178. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until Dec. 31
With Christmas just a few days away, there may be no better way to entertain the kids than Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney’s Classic Fairy Tales (美夢成真 — 迪士尼經典動畫藝術). The exhibit showcases more than 600 works from Disney’s collection. Among the works on display are story sketches, concept art, backgrounds, character designs, maquettes, production notes, movie clips, and an original animator’s desk. Dreams Come True includes samples from Disney’s early animated shorts, including Three Little Pigs, Ugly Duckling and Mickey and the Beanstalk, as well as feature-length films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, among others.
■ National Museum of History (國立歷史博物館), 49 Nanhai Rd, Taipei City (台北市南海路49號), tel: (02) 2361-0270. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Admission for Dreams Come True: NT$220. General admission: NT$30
■ Until March 14
Photon+ (光子+) brings together artists from Taiwan, Japan, France and Canada working in interactive installation. The exhibition focuses on light, in its various forms, and celebrates digital media as a mode of communication among different cultures.
■ Yongan Market MRT Station (永安市場站), 2F, 390 Zhonghe Rd, New Taipei City (新北市中和路390號2樓), tel: (02) 2929-8830. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Closes at 6pm on weekends. Closed on the first Monday of every month and during the Lunar New Year
■ Until Feb. 12
Being — The Digital Eye: Interactive Media Exhibition (觀自在 — 數位之眼互動藝術展) explores the relationship between humans and machines through interactive installations by five artists. According to the museum’s press release, when visitors communicate with the exhibition’s “organic machines,” their “individual selves are connected” and they will “finally realize the meaning of coexistence.”
■ MOCA Studio — Underground (地下實驗‧創意秀場), Exit 6, Zhongshan MRT Station (中山捷運站)
■ Until Jan. 8
Chen Wang-shi (陳罔市) doesn’t know where to go if she is forced to move. The 78-year-old Chen is an active “sea woman” (海女) in Taiwan’s easternmost fishing village of Makang (馬崗) in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮). When the waves are calm, she ventures out to forage for algae, oysters and other edible marine morsels. She lives alone in the village, as her children have moved to the cities for work, returning for weekends and festivals. “I cannot get used to living in Taipei, and I feel very uncomfortable if I don’t go out to the ocean to forage. I
Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 They called him the “No Problem Doctor” (沒關係醫生) because that’s what he always told his patients when they couldn’t pay up. Operating the only clinic in Changhua County’s Pusin Township (埔心) during the 1950s, Hsu Tsai-chih (許再枝) knew that life was difficult in his remote hometown. “They barely had enough to survive, so it was pointless to chase after them for the money,” an 81-year-old Hsu told the United Daily News in 2002. “I just went with the flow, some offered to pay me back years later but I had already forgotten
Your body is floating in a warm, blue bath, neither sinking nor rising. Sunlight shimmers on the white sand below as a sea turtle drifts by. You feel your heart beating slowly and a profound sense of calm floods your mind. The figures floating at the surface seem distant, as if from a different world. Down here, there is just you, your mind, your body, and the water. In this calm, timeless moment, you have glimpsed infinity... you are freediving. The next time you find yourself on Siaoliouciou (小琉球), or on Green Island (綠島), or at any number of popular snorkeling
A widely criticized peer-reviewed study that measured the attractiveness of women with endometriosis has been retracted from the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. The study, “Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study,” was first published in 2013 and has been defended by the authors and the journal in the intervening years despite heavy criticism from doctors, other researchers and people with endometriosis for its ethical concerns and dubious justifications, with one advocate calling the study “heartbreaking” and “disgusting.” The study’s conclusion was: “Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups.