Enchanting Taiwan (台灣風土的魅力) is a retrospective on the life, painting and writing of prolific artist and art critic Lin Hsin-yueh (林惺嶽). The show seeks to illuminate an artist who dabbled in many styles, but always remained enchanted with Taiwan’s landscapes and local culture. It’s structured in three sections.
The first part presents 138 of his oil and watercolor paintings that were produced from the 1960s up to 2012. It provides an overview of his entire artistic career, from the early avant-garde and surreal works to his more recent vibrant landscapes. Four of the oil paintings — Returning Home (1998), Blessed Hualien (2010), Formosan Landlocked Salmon (2011) and Glory of the God Tree Forest (2012) — are shown to the public for the first time.
The other sections seek to contextualize Lin’s thought with documents by or about the artist, and includes a biographical timeline (in Chinese and English), several exhibition catalogs and art reviews (Chinese) written over his 50-year career, and rare articles such as hand-written drafts of his compositions. The exhibition also features a documentary, The Boundless River, on the artist’s life.
■ Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM,台北市立美術館), 181, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (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. Admission: NT$30
■ Until May 5