The 32nd Young Designers’ Exhibition (YODEX, 新一代設計展) opens today with original fashion, art and advertising, industrial, digital media and interior designs by local students. YODEX, which serves as a recruitment platform, is built around a juried competition. Among the 59 contenders is National Taipei University of Technology’s Department of Industrial Design, whose entries include an office chair that pulls out so you can nap face-down, and Flapping Ears (愛犬電動速克達), a contoured scooter that gives your pet a comfortable ride and a great view. Tatung University, another exhibitor with a strong record, has toys like the Walkabout, a mobile-phone powered device that’s pushed out from the waterfront to pick up trash a swimmer can’t reach.
■ Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1 and Hall 3, 5, Xinyi Rd Sec 5 (北市信義路五段5號) and 6 Songshou Rd (松壽路六號); tel: (02) 2745-8199 ext. 581. General admission: NT$200
■ Until Monday
Chinese painter Su Xioabai (蘇笑柏) manages conflict with a light touch at Grand Immensity — the Art of Xiaobai Su (大境－蘇笑柏藝術展), his painting and installation exhibition at Taichung’s National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung (國立台灣美術館). Su, who trained at Germany’s prestigious Dusseldorf Academy of Fine Arts, has developed a visual language that blends Occidental and Chinese aesthetics. He treats the canvas with big shimmery blocks of color like the western expressionists do, but applies classic Eastern iconography and Chinese mediums like lacquer to give his paintings a peculiar luster. Su eschews the symbols of nation, preferring to let his works surpass difference.
■ National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung (國立台灣美術館), 2, Wuquan W Rd Sec 1, Greater Taichung (台中市五權西路一段2號), tel: (04) 2372-3552. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm
■ Until July 21
The National Museum of History is showing 203 paintings and calligraphy works of artist Pu Xinyu (溥心畬), 50 years after his death. Pu, cousin to China’s last emperor Pu Yi (溥儀), won acclaim during the Qing Dynasty for perfecting the trifecta of Chinese arts: poetry, calligraphy and painting. After fleeing to Taiwan in the same year as Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石), Pu taught at National Taiwan Normal University and continued his work at a studio in Taipei until his death in 1963. The Scholar-Recluse: Painting and Calligraphy by Pu Xinyu (逸筆儒風：溥心畬書畫展) includes calligraphy — Pu excelled at running and clerical script — and classical paintings of nearly every genre: landscapes, birds-and-flowers and subject paintings featuring the mythological Zhong Kuo (鍾馗), an exorcist who wards off demons during the Dragon Boat Festival.
■ 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. General admission: NT$30
■ Until June 23
An Ode to Printmaking: A Retrospective (周瑛印紀) surveys the late printmaker Chou Ying (周瑛), who cofounded the Taiwan Society of Printmaking in 1970. Chou began his career with classic woodcut prints that rendered country folk in refined and realistic lines. After 1950, he branched out into other mediums such as cane-fiber boards, paper and finally stone. Chou’s Ode to Stone, a series on display at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (KdMoFA, 關渡美術館), was created by an innovative rubbing — not carving — technique that makes the cold stones exude warmth and light on prints.