Holistic View and Microscopic Vision (統覽．微觀) provides an overview of the work of Chuang Che, one of Taiwan’s first abstract expressionist painters. Chuang, who mastered several styles of calligraphy, followed in the footsteps of such French-based Chinese artists as Zhao Wou-ki (趙無極) and Chu Deh-chun (朱德群), merging Chinese calligraphy and modernist aesthetics. A member of the Fifth Moon Group (五月畫會), an artist’s collective that promoted the combination of Chinese literati painting tradition and Western abstract expressionism, Chuang’s work illustrates the seamless merging of two separate artistic traditions into something innovative and new.
■ Asia Art Center II, 93, Lequn 2nd Road, Taipei City (台北市樂群二路93號), tel: (02) 2754-1366. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6:30pm
■ Until Jan. 6
The Chiayi Museum (嘉義市博物館三樓) is currently holding a solo exhibition of figurative drawings by Taiwan-based French artist Christophe Chevance. Chevance’s drawings depict organic forms — parts of the human anatomy, the roots of trees — that are combined in a unique and almost surreal manner that is appealingly grotesque.
■ Chiayi Museum (嘉義市博物館三樓), 275 Zhongxiao Rd, Chiayi City (嘉義市忠孝路275-1號), tel (05) 278-0303X931. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm. Admission: Free
■ Until Jan. 13