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Art exhibition listings

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

■ Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (台北當代藝術館, MOCA), 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

■ Both exhibitions run until Jan. 3 and admission is NT$50

Animals evoke in us a wide range of emotions. While some are fuzzy and adorable, others can be repulsive or threatening. Su Wong-shen (蘇旺伸) takes a different approach in his paintings of animals. From afar, his paintings appear to resemble wallpaper with farm animal motifs — in other words, something that you would hang on the walls of your child’s bedroom — but upon closer examination, it’s evident that the cute animals are actually caught in bizarre situations such as being flung from a moving ferris wheel or holding onto balloons circling around smoke stacks. Moved by the dire situation of stray animals in Taiwan, Su initially set out to incorporate their plight in his artwork. Since then, animals have been his muse. His latest exhibition, Animal Farm: The Paintings of Su Wong-shen (動物莊園:蘇旺伸四十年繪畫展), is held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and features a vast collection of his paintings spanning a period of four decades. The title might be an allusion to George Owell’s 1945 novel, but there are some differences. While the animals in Owell’s novel were the perpetrators, the ones in Su’s paintings are victims of abuse at the hands of human beings.

■ Taipei Fine Arts Museum (台北市立美術館 TFAM), 181, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 3, Taipei (台北市中山北路三段181號), tel: (02) 2595-7656. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30am to 5:30pm and until 8:30pm on Saturdays

■ Until Feb. 14

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