The Tamsui Historical Museum (淡水古蹟博物館) is hosting a retrospective on William Morris, a 19th-century polymath most famous for his wallpapers. Morris sought to bring art to every home via handmade nature-inspired wallpaper such as Trellis — based on a rose trellis by his home in Kent — and Pomegranate, which featured stylized yet subdued versions of the fruit. Everlasting Vision of William Morris (不朽的追求), a yearlong show, presents his most enduring designs for wallpapers, as well as works in other media. One gallery focuses on his innovations with furniture; another introduces his campaigns to preserve historical buildings. There’s a showcase dedicated to Kelmscott Press, his publishing house in London. Morris prized workmanship and oversaw each step from bookbinding to paper selection to the design of typography, hand-pressing just 53 titles between 1891 and 1989. For more information, visit www.arthappening.org/williammorris/
■ Tamsui Historical Museum at Fort San Domingo (淡水紅毛城), 1, Ln 28, Zhongzheng Rd, New Taipei City (新北市中正路28巷1號), tel: (02) 2623-1001. Open Mondays to Fridays from 9:30am to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am to 6pm, closed the first Monday of every month, free admission
■ Until Oct. 31
The Form and Color of Fire (火的形與色) features ceramics by five major artists: Hans Hartung, Manfredo Borsi, Kim En Joong and Wu A-sun (吳炫三) and Pablo Picasso, who had a little-known love for ceramics. Picasso preferred ceramic materials that were atypical for his time, such as white earthenware that he left unglazed. Unlike his paintings, which are often dark and foreboding, his ceramics are impish depictions of happy times, goats, owls and other creatures. For more information, visit www.exhibition.ceramics.ntpc.gov.tw/theformandcoloroffire
■ Yingge Ceramics Museum (鶯歌陶瓷博物館), 200 Wenhua Rd, New Taipei City (新北市文化路200號), tel: (02) 8677-2727, open Mondays to Fridays from 9:30am to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am to 6pm, closed first Monday of the month
■ Until April 20
Spotlight on Taitung (看見臺東) brings together prizewinning photos of Formosa Press Magazine’s photo contest themed on Taitung County. Now in its third year, the contest received 3,002 entries from photographers across 20 cities and counties. Top honors this year went to Kao Hsing-tsung (高信宗) for his image of exploding fireworks shrouding a man at the iconic Lord Handan (寒單爺) festival.
■ National Taitung Living Arts Center (國立臺東生活美學館 ), 254 Datung Rd, Taitung City (臺東市大同路254號), tel: (089) 322-248, open daily from 8:30am to 5pm
■ Until March 5
Chen Yun’s (陳云) One Piece Room is about the imaginary friends of her childhood, a lonely period marked by her mother’s death when she was nine. Chen’s father, an installation artist, had stored joss paper, photos, antiques and other curios in the house, and she developed friendships with the people she believed lived inside in the objects — unhappy people who had reasons to end their own lives. The concept of Chen’s exhibition is a memorial: Tiny dolls are housed in clear boxes shaped like a greenhouse, each with a marker that clinically explains the reasons and ways they committed suicide. Chen’s collection of dead dolls, who are mostly children, act as emblem of a young person’s pain that’s only slowly being shed on the path to adulthood.
■ Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (關渡美術館), 1 Xueyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市學園路1號), tel: (02) 2893-8870. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm
■ Until April 27
The Changing World (世界在變) is a solo show about Fifth Moon Group (五月畫會) cofounder Kuo Tong-jong (郭東榮). Born in 1927, Kuo studied art at the National Taiwan Normal University and went on to found Taiwan’s main modern art society of the 1960s. On canvas, he has treated current events like the Hiroshima bombing, the US Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and domestic affairs including urban renewal. The exhibition assembles Kuo’s representative paintings, as well as private manuscripts that document his creative process.
■ National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMOFA, 國立臺灣美術館), 2, Wuquan W Rd Sec 1, Greater Taichung (台中市西區五權西路一段2號) tel: (04) 2372-3552, open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm
■ Until May 18
Contemporary artist Noritoshi Hirakawa thinks of man as two beings, one private and one public, with the former constantly censoring the expression of the latter. At the solo exhibition Infinite Dance, he is showing Lei Lenka — Yuriko, a video work that directs attention to the meaningless gestures and unspoken desires that inhabit that all private selves have in common. He also brings his S series: photos of beautiful landscapes in Switzerland that are also the sites of grotesque news-making suicide.
■ Chi-Wen Gallery (其玟畫廊), 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 Sundays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until March 29