Six international artists have spent the last month at Chenglong Village (成龍), Yunlin County, creating site-specific environmental art installations, which will open to the public this weekend as part of the 2012 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project. Under the theme, “What’s for dinner?” the artists seek to emphasize environmental issues related to the production of seafood. The installations will be made from found and recycled materials and will be shown inside abandoned houses, along roadways and in the Chenglong Wetlands (成龍濕地) nature reserve. For more information in English go to artproject4wetland.wordpress.com
■ Chenglong Wetlands (成龍濕地), Chenglong Village, Kouhu Township, Yunlin County (雲林縣口湖鄉成龍村), tel: 0930-375-160 (Jane Ingram Allen)
■ Opens Saturday. Until Dec. 31
Sex, sex and more sex underlies Alive and Kicking, a joint exhibition of sculpture by Chinese artist Zhou Chunya (周春芽) and illustrations by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. According to MOTS’ press release, Chou “gives a truthful portrayal of the libido of grown men through the pompousness, clumsiness and growling faces of the ‘green dog.’” The sometimes drooling, sometimes yapping canine sculptures personify both the restraint and excess of the male id. Hayon’s designs riff off the sculptures of Chou. Hayon will give a lecture, titled Evolution — A Decade Exploring in Art and Design, on Thursday from 7pm to 9pm at Guoguang Hall (國光廳) in the Chinese Petroleum Building (中油大樓), 3, Songren Rd, Taipei City (台北市松仁路3號). Call (02) 2778-3188 X851 for details and to reserve a free ticket
■ MOT Arts, 3F, 22, Fuxing S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市復興南路一段22號3樓), tel: (02) 2751-8088. Open daily from 11:30am to 8pm
■ Begins Friday. Until June 17
Anyone interested in the history of Chinese painting should not miss The Art and Aesthetics of Form: Selections From the History of Chinese Painting (造型與美感－中國繪畫選粹). Arranged chronologically, it covers the emergence of figure painting from the Six Dynasties to the Tang Dynasty; the northern and southern traditions of landscape painting that emerged during the Five Dynasties period; and the state-supported “orthodox school” that emerged during the Ming Dynasty, which attempted to revive and unify various ancient styles. Throughout, emphasis is given to painting as a form of scholarly self-expression.
■ National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院), 221, Zhishan Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市至善路二段221號), tel: (02) 8692-5588 X2312 (10:30am to 6:30pm). Open daily from 8:30am to 6:30pm. Closes at 8:30pm on Saturdays. Regular admission: NT$160
■ Until June 25
Hong Kong artist Tam Wai-ping (譚偉平) has just passed midlife, a time, he says, when people begin to reminisce on the first half of their life. Re-read (重讀) tries to do just that by bringing together his multi-media (photography, video, installation) works dating from 1995 up to the present, much of which examines the individual’s relationship to the land, whether environmental or a nostalgic place of longing.
■ IT Park Gallery (伊通公園), 41 Yitong St, Taipei City (台北市伊通街41號), tel: (02) 2507-7243. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 1pm to 10pm
■ Until May 26
Adopting a photojournalistic perspective, Moments of the Past (光影歲月) presents 130 photographs from the collection of the National Museum of History. Curated by Chang Chao-tang (張照堂), a respected photographer, the images on display capture the social evolution of Taiwan from the 1920s, when, according to the museum’s press release, “the price of a camera equaled that of an apartment,” to the 1990s when “cameras had become a household gadget.”