Jeju Teddy Bear Museum (韓國濟州泰迪熊特展), an offbeat crowd-puller based in South Korea, is in Taipei for the first time on a world tour. It’s considered the largest collection of its kind, featuring costumed teddies framed in historic events and popular bears from around the world, like the UK’s Paddington Bear and American Care Bears. For the lovers of glamor among teddy aficionados, the museum has delights like extra-special Steiff heirlooms with silk and mohair for fur, a 24-carat gold nose and twinkling blue sapphires for eyes.
■ Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (松山文創園區), 133, Guangfu S Rd, Taipei (台北市光復南路133號), tel: (02) 2765-1388, open daily from 10am to 6pm, regular admission: NT$280
■ Until April 20
Lee Chen-cheng (李鎮成) is a leading Taiwanese calligrapher famous for mastering the flying white (飛白書法) technique, in which he maneuvers a relatively dry brush tip so that its thin hairs separate and allow white blank space within each black brushstroke. At his solo show Expression of Lines (線相), Lee is showing his latest calligraphy in this classic style, as well as pieces from a more experimental collection. These are “three-dimensional calligraphy” — steel, stone or copper sculptures that express the form and meaning of traditional Chinese characters.
■ Gallery 201, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMOFA, 國立臺灣美術館), 2, Wuquan W Rd Sec 1, Greater Taichung (台中市西區五權西路一段2號) tel: (04) 2372-3552, open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm
■ Opens tomorrow. Until April 27
With My , Trade Your: Part II is a group show that documents an art swap by current artists-in-residence of Taipei Artists Village. At the gallery, each participant exchanges a work of art with a peer. Each also offers a written explanation that makes a case for the desired trade, stating what the other artist’s work means to them and what their work can offer in return. The show is a record of one artist’s simple appreciation for another’s, as well as of the complexities involved when one artist appraises his contemporaries for value.
■ Barry Room (百里廳), Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村百里廳), 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei (台北市北平東路7號), tel: (02) 3393-7377. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 9pm
■ Until March 9
Man Ray, currently on view at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, displays 156 works by Emmanuel Radnitzky, aka Man Ray, an American oil painter and avant-garde photographer. Born in 1890 in Pennsylvania, Man Ray came of age professionally in France, where he earned acclaim as a photographer and produced portraits for local luminaries including Gertrude Stein, James Joyce and Salvador Dali. As a photographer, he adopted the fantastical aesthetics of the Dadaists and Surrealists, favoring darkroom techniques like solarization — overexposing the negative in the camera so dark areas appear light, and what should be light appears dark. Man Ray also pioneered a method of photography that art critic Tristan Tzara dubbed “rayograms.” In this method, he placed eggs, thumb tacks and other objects on photosensitive paper and gradually exposed them to light, creating “camera-less” photos with a dreamlike and impressionistic quality.
■ Galleries 101-103 at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (KMFA, 高雄市立美術館), 80 Meishuguan Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市美術館路80號), tel: (07) 555-0331. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm. Admission: Free