Two biennials are set to begin Saturday. The Taipei Fine Arts Museum’s (TFAM) Modern Monsters / Death and Life of Fiction (現代怪獸 / 想像的死而復生) addresses the relationship between historiography and the imaginary. Inspired by a recent study titled The Monster That is History by Taiwanese historian David Der-wei Wang (王德威), the Biennial engages with the aesthetics of monstrosity. The figure of the monster is treated as a fictional, liminal character, “a symptomatic mirror of actual and imaginary relations,” according to the press blurb.
■ Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM, 台北市立美術館), 181, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市中山北路三段181號), tel: (02) 2595-7656. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30am to 5:30pm and until 8:30pm on Saturdays. Admission: NT$30
■ Begins Saturday, Until Jan. 13
Artists in Wonderland is the title of this year’s Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts biennial. The museum will present 10 solo exhibitions by 10 Asian artists hailing from Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, China, Japan and Australia. As the biennial’s title implies, the themes revolve around an explication of what lies within the imagination of the artists, suggesting that it’s an “aesthetic speculation of the world, subconscious outlet for imagination, … and a pursuit of historical myths.”
■ Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (關渡美術館), 1 Xueyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市學園路1號), tel: (02) 2893-8870. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm
■ Starts Saturday. Until Dec. 16
Going Forward, Going for the Money (向錢進) is an exhibition by Chinese artists Wu Shaoxiang (吳少湘) and Jiang Shuo (蔣朔) who seek to illustrate the idea that China is experiencing a nationwide transformation from “going forward” to “going for money.” Wu uses currency as the “unit” of modelling, turning these objects into visual metaphors of greed. Jiang’s sculptures recall the cruelties of youth, a time when one inflicted violence unconscious of its greater effect on the subject it’s directed at. Jiang, as a former Red Guard, implicitly directs criticism at himself.
■ MOCA Studio, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA, Taipei), 39 Changan W Rd, Taipei City (台北市長安西路39號), tel: (02) 2552-3720. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Admission for Going Forward is free. General admission: NT$50
■ Until Nov. 11
Quiet noise (靜噪) is a solo exhibition of sound art by Wang Fu-jui (王福瑞). For Wang, the title refers to an opaque state of living or the connection between urban sounds and the space in which they exist. The exhibition presents two installations and six prints.
■ Project Fulfill Art Space (就在藝術空間), 2, Alley 45, Ln 147, Xinyi Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市信義路三段147巷45弄2號), tel: (02) 2707-6942. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1pm to 6pm
■ Until Nov. 3
Subtle Ink (墨妙無前) is an exhibition of ink painting by Li Jin (李津) and Li Huayi (李華?), two Chinese artists who employ different styles to show their understanding of the medium. According to Gallery 100, Li Jin captures fragmented figures and subject matter that lies somewhere between abstraction and figurative drawing. Li Huayi’s landscape paintings are inspired by the cracked brushstroke method, which was given full expression during the Northern Sung (960-1127 AD), and which he then combines with the pictorial ideas of light and space in Western visual arts. Combined, the exhibition seeks to present both traditional ideas of ink painting and how contemporary artists re-interpret it for a new generation.