The NPM has created a Web site for each of the above exhibitions, complete with detailed information in Chinese, English and Japanese, as well as images of some of the represented work. For anyone interested in Chinese art, these exhibits combine to form a satisfactory introduction.
■ 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. General admission: NT$160
■ All exhibits end on June 25
Another Reality (另一個現實) is an exhibition by Chinese artist Zhao Gang (趙剛). He often draws on historical paintings and photos, which he recreates in modernist style, building up his provocative paintings with thick dabs of oil paint that only take on form as we move back from the canvas. It’s like history itself; only with distance can the viewer game some sense of order. Inspired by the work of Yuan Dynasty painter Zhao Mengfu (趙孟頫, 1254 to 1322), who used the symbols of earlier dynasties to critique the gaudiness and frivolity that he perceived as hallmarks of his own era, Zhao’s paintings employ visual symbols from China’s past as a means to criticize its present.
■ 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
■ Until April 28