Ever wanted to videochat with the Nigerian prince who wants you to move his offshore gold? This is the next best thing. The Letters (信) is a solo show featuring the fictional authors of spam that artist Yu Cheng-ta (余政達) chose from his inbox. His exhibition is a multi-channel video installation that shows actors reading and improvising on the letters. All actors were found through Facebook and match the reported physical descriptions of the writers: There’s a dying Kuwaiti widow, the son of a Libyan prime minister, an Asian woman, an Irish salesman and an African banker inviting you to join him in international crime. The actors work to make spam visible, so that viewers can confront racial stereotypes that global enterprises employ for their financial gain.
■ Chi-wen Gallery, 3F, 19, Ln 252, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段252巷19號3樓), tel: (02) 8771-3372. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until Dec. 14
The X-Man is a solo exhibition by Nick Veasey, a British artist who specializes in X-ray photography. Using industrial radiographic imaging equipment, Veasey captures below-the-surface views of a rose, a French cornet and other objects. One image, of a Boeing 777, was achieved by knitting together hundreds of scans. These photos expose delicate inner workings that are ordinarily invisible to the human eye, baring their man- or nature-made design.
■ Bluerider Art, 9F, 25-1, Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (北市仁愛路四段25-1號9樓), tel: (02) 2752-2238, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 6pm
■ Artist talk tomorrow at 3:30pm. Opens Sunday. Until Jan. 12
Contiguous Zone (領海) is a group show of nine Japanese artists bringing newfangled curiosities of mainstream contemporary art. Miki Kubota transforms 2D tattoo illustrations into 3D sculptures, using a crafty combination of photography and printing; Takahiro Hirabayashi has invented an eerie portrait aesthetic that trades heavily on bruises and wounds. Other works on view include sculpture, block prints and acrylic paintings that — as the exhibition’s title suggests — sit on their genre’s border, with ambitions to reshape it with their techniques and visual vocabulary.
■ Aki Gallery (也趣藝廊), 141 Minzu W Rd, Taipei City (台北市民族西路141號), tel: (02) 2599-1171. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to 6:30pm
■ Opening party tomorrow at 7:30pm. Until Dec. 1
Delve into the story of Mona Lisa’s creation, theft, recovery and influence at Leonardo-Mona Lisa-The Myths (蒙娜麗莎500年:達文西傳奇) in the National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院). The original isn’t there, though select da Vinci pieces including Virgin of the Rocks and Leda and the Swan provide context for the hyper-famous work.
■ Library Building, National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院圖書文獻大樓), 221 Zhishan Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市至善路二段221號), tel: (02) 2881-2021. Open daily from 9am to 5pm
■ Until Feb. 10
Memories of a Stray Dog (野犬記憶) is a solo exhibition featuring street photographer Daido Moriyama (b.1938). Moriyama has gained cult status in Japan for high-contrast, rough-particle images that he takes quickly and without using a viewfinder. He is the titular stray dog, and his work records the grimmer aspects of city life. Yi&C Contemporary Art (易雅居當代空間館) brings together Moriyama’s early series Provoke (挑釁, 1968), New York (1971), Tight (網襪, 1987) and Tiles (磁磚, 1987), as well as more recent prints, Rolling Stones and Hawaii Dog.
■ Yi&C Contemporary Art, 22, Ln 252, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段252巷22號), tel: (02) 2781-3131. Open Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 6pm
■ Until Dec. 7