Let’s Get Married! (我們結婚吧!) is an endearing show with a strong exhortatory message likely aimed at boosting Taiwan’s marriage rate. Through black-and-white family photographs, interviews and color images from a second “wedding photography” session, the exhibition tells the story of 38 married couples from Yunlin’s Douliou City (斗六) and of their lives in the 20th-century.
■ Futai Street Mansion (撫臺街洋樓), 26 Yanping S Rd, Taipei City (臺北市延平南路26號), tel: (02) 2314-8080 ext. 21. Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 6pm. Free admission
■ Until Jan. 31
Photo courtesy of Michael Ku Gallery
In Unfinished Journey (未竟之途), Hsu Wei-hui (徐薇蕙) presents her experience of modern womanhood as a choose-your-own-adventure. Visitors enter via Unfinished Road (未竟之路), a corridor of broken asphalt that forks into two rooms: one dimly lit and thematically dark, the other bright and both containing sculptures made with commercial facial masks and mirrors. Hsu received her MA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. This program includes an artist’s talk on Sunday from 3pm to 4:30pm.
■ MOCA Studio at the 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. Free admission
■ Opens tomorrow. Until Jan. 18
Photo courtesy of MOCA, Taipei
Art Feast (買得起 藝術博覽會) is a mini art fair of oil paintings, traditional ink paintings, photography, sculpture and installation by top Taiwanese artists. Organized by the Chinese Art Manage International Commerce Association (中華藝術經紀國際交流協會), the fair seeks to promote the local collector’s market with pieces priced at an average of NT$70,000 and as low as NT$3,500. The show ends Sunday with an auction at 6:30pm. For more information, visit www.aaftw.org.tw
■ Sogoart Gallery at F1, 162, Jianguo S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市建國南路一段162號一樓), tel: (02) 2711-3577. Open Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 8pm
■ Until Sunday
Chen Sung-chih (陳松志) makes delicate sculptures with socks and other objects found around the house, on view now at Another Place (別境). With this unassuming assortment, Chen builds an alternate realm that’s comforting and hypnotic. “If life is like a soap opera, Another Place is then a simple and ordinary script based on life, and the people on this distorted stage are induced to repeatedly recount intertwining everyday words of fiction and reality,” he writes in the gallery notes.
■ 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
■ Opening reception tomorrow at 4pm. Until Jan. 17
Chinese artist Kuang Jun (匡峻) displays sculptures in a state of collapse at Decorative Metaphor — Atonement (裝飾中的修辭 — 贖罪), his first solo show in Taiwan. Kuang uses charred door frames, shattered glass and iron gratings detached from houses of China’s early Communist period — materials that are reassembled into crude stainless windows and figurines meant as emblems of a re-emerging consciousness.
■ Michael Ku Gallery (谷公館), 4F-2, 21, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段21號4樓之2), tel: (02) 2577-5601. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm
■ Opening reception at 3pm. Until Feb. 8
All in a Knowing Smile (拈花自在) is a retrospective of contemporary jade jewelry by Penny Wang (王佩南), a leading figure in today’s industry. The traditional jade ornament, historically worn as an expression of religious or moral qualities, is facing the challenge of a diminishing mainstream appeal. With edgy lines and visually ornate construction, Wang interprets unusual motifs like owls, turning the jade ornament of antiquity into quirky statement pieces.
■ 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 Jan. 18
Sept. 28 to Oct . 4 A large number of 3000-year-old slate coffins were unearthed on a hill near Nanhe Village (南和村) in Pingtung County on Sept. 30, 1985. Unfortunately, the United Daily News (聯合報) noted that they had been seriously damaged by construction, and no artifacts or human remains were found. Although the newspaper called the find a “significant discovery,” little information can be gleaned about this specific site because it’s just one of countless locations where stone sarcophagi have been unearthed across southern and eastern Taiwan, and as north as Yilan County. These stone receptacles for the dead were
Until this summer, when the idea of hiking the length of the island first occurred to me, I didn’t even know that Cijin (旗津) had been a peninsula until 1967. That’s when diggers and dredgers severed Cijin from Taiwan’s “mainland,” because the authorities wished to create a southern entrance to Kaohsiung’s fast expanding port. The island is just under 9km long, but a bit of research quickly convinced me that a south-to-north trek wasn’t a good idea. The southern third of Cijin is dominated by container-lifting cranes, warehouses and other facilities off-limits to the public. Dunhe Street (敦和街) forms the boundary between
Sitting at the bar, martini in hand, Kristin Scott Thomas rolls her eyes briefly heavenwards. And then she declares, in one of the most memorable monologues of the cult BBC drama Fleabag, that menopause is the “most wonderful fucking thing in the world. And yes, your entire pelvic floor crumbles and you get fucking hot and no one cares. But then — you’re free! No longer a slave, no longer a machine with parts. You’re just a person, in business.” When an entranced Fleabag says she has been told the whole thing is horrendous, Scott Thomas’s character responds: “It is horrendous,
As if the climbs and views and snacks and companions of cycling in Taiwan aren’t sufficient, the GPS-generation of route-planners are now using apps such as Strava and Endomondo to create works of art as they ride. One such is nicknamed the Dove Road of Sijhih (汐鴿路), a 25km ride that follows the riverside bike path from the Nangang-Neihu Bridge (南湖橋) to New Taipei City’s Sijhih District (汐止), climbs around 400m up the Sijhih-Shiding Road (汐碇路), before dropping back down past Academia Sinica to generate a very dove-like pattern. Originally called Kippanas by indigenous Ketagalan people and transliterated into Hoklo (more commonly