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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing reporter

■ Liang Gallery (尊彩藝術中心), 366, Ruiguang Rd, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路366號), tel: (02) 2797-1100. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 6pm

■ Until July 29

Van Gogh / Bodhidharma (張宏圖: 梵高/達摩) is a solo painting exhibition by Chinese artist Zhang Hongtu (張宏圖) at Tina Keng Gallery. The China-born, New York-based painter draws on his experiences in China and combines that with his interest in European and American art. His works “transcend and escape the limitations of concepts such as east, west, realism or conceptualism,” writes the gallery in a press release. His new show features 39 ink-on-paper drawings created between 2007 and 2014. In this series, Zhang references portraits of Vincent Van Gogh and transforms him into a Zen Bodhidharma. “Van Gogh described himself as appearing like a Japanese monk in his own paintings,” writes the gallery in a press release. Extending from this self-description and Van Gogh’s intense interest in Japanese art and Zen Buddhism, “Zhang Hongtu detected a possibility of cultural coalescence between the two and applied a Zen painting style to re-create Van Gogh’s portraits,” writes the gallery. Each painting in the show is coupled with a QR code that provides information on the Van Gogh portraits Zhang references.

■ Tina Keng Gallery (耿畫廊), 15, Ln 548, Ruiguang Rd, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路548巷15號), tel: (02) 2659-0798. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 7pm

■ Until tomorrow

The National Palace Museum presents Testaments to Healing (養生醫療趣味書畫), an intriguing look at painting and calligraphy that deals with healthy living and medical treatment. Chinese wisdom has a long history of challenging death from the angle of prolonging life through healthy living. “Many blessings in traditional Chinese culture speak to notions of prosperity, longevity, health and tranquility,” writes the museum in the exhibition text. While there have been many searches for an ultimate solution to death, ancient The works featured in this show include a number of precious artifacts from the palace museum collection, including Firing Elixirs of Jade Grotto, a scroll attributed to the style of Ming dynasty Qiu Ying (仇英); the Classic of the Yellow Court is a work of calligraphy that speaks to the Taoist concept of qi and the generation and maintenance of good life energy; and Illustrated Album of the Eight Pieces of Brocade, an ink-on-paper work about an eight-part martial arts exercise that includes standing and seating positions. This exercise, known as the “Eight Piece of Brocade,” is still widely practiced and studied by martial arts practitioners worldwide.

■ 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) 2881-2021. Open daily from 8:30am to 6:30pm; closes at 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays

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