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Yingge Ceramic Museum 鶯歌陶瓷博物館 (200 Wenhua Rd., Yingge Township, Taipei County 台北縣鶯歌鎮文化路200號 Tel: (02)8677-2727) Play, Light Box - A Special Exhibition on the Architecture of the Yingge Ceramic Museum 遊戲光盒子 - 博物館建築特展 will be on display to January 28. Introducing the museum’s architectural aesthetics and presenting its future vision, the exhibition takes visitors to explore the award-winning architectural design that uses the vocabulary of exposed concrete, steel frame, glass and pebble wash to create and open space as a playground for light and shade. Open Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
National Museum of History 國立歷史博物館 (49 Nanhai Rd., Taipei 台北市南海路49號 Tel: (02)2361-0270) A Special Exhibition on the Beauty of Buddhist Sculptures 歷代佛雕技術之美 will be on display to January 28. Aiming to show the evolution of images since the religion made its journey from India to China and the individual styles developed during the period from the Wei, Chin and Southern and Northern Dynasties to the Ming Dynasty, the exhibition presents valuable stone and wooden sculptures on loan from museums and private collectors that show off the diverse facets of Chinese Buddhist art.
Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei 台北當代藝術館 (No. 39 Changan West Rd., Taipei 台北市長安西路39號 Tel: (02)2552-3721) Open Tuesdays - Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Naked Life” 赤裸人 will be on display to February 4, 2007. The idea of “naked life” comes from the contemporary Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, who divides human life into two parts: “natural life” (“Zoe” in Greek) and “political life” (“Bio”). By describing the lives and social positions of “the naked lives” in modern society, the artists try to pinpoint the situations of these people. The exhibition features 15 artists from Austria, France, Finland, Korea, the Netherlands, the United States, Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan. The artworks depict civil war, political oppression and imprisonment, and also explore everyday circumstances of “naked life,” in social monitoring, commonplace violence, immigration and travel. It features an array of media, from video images, photographs, films, performances, installations and interactive technology, to games and digital media. There will also be international conferences, workshops, and community and campus activities so that the topic can be presented in a broader way to attract attention.
National Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院 (No. 221 Chih-shan Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei台北市至善路二段221號; Tel: (02) 2881-2021) Grand View - Painting and Calligraphy of the Northern Sung (960-1127) 大觀:北宋書畫 will be on display December 24 - The National Palace Museum houses one of the finest and largest collections of Chinese painting and calligraphy from the Northern Sung\ period. The website “Grand View - Painting and Calligraphy of the Northern Sung (960-1127)” takes advantage of digital technology and the boundless world of the Internet to offer a comprehensive experience in appreciating and learning about these treasures of Chinese art. Visit http://tech2.npm.gov.tw/sung/ for more information.
National Museum of Taiwan Literature 國立台灣文學館 (No.1 Chung-cheng Rd., Tainan City; Tel: (06) 221-0201) The original drafts and relics of Russian literary icons Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837), Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, War and Peace, Anna Karenina) and Mikhail Sholokov (1905-1984, And Quiet Flows the Don) will be displayed to January 12.
The National Museum of Prehistory 國立台灣史前文化博物館 ( No.1 Museum Rd., Taitung City 台東市博物館路1號 Tel: (089) 382-000) The World of the Plants of the Amis Aborigines 阿美族博物之美, an exhibition featuring plants used by the Amis, Taiwan's biggest aboriginal tribe, to make toys, traps and fishing gear will be on display until February 25. The exhibition features a wide variety of cultural items made by Taitung’s Amis people to show how they use the plants in their daily lives. The traditional skills showcased include using plant fiber to make fabric, using bamboo to make firecrackers and using plant material to construct shelters and equipment.
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts 國立台灣美術館(No. 2 ,Sec. 1, Wuchuan W. Rd., Taichung 403 台中市403西區五權西路一段2號 ;Tel: 04-2372-3552 )
The National Museum of Natural Science 國立自然科學博物館 (No. 1 Guancian Rd. Taichung City 台中市館前路1號; Tel: (04) 2322-6940).The Terra Cotta Army of the First Emperor of China 秦始皇兵馬俑特展 be on display to March 31, 2007. This time, 116 artifacts from the No. 2 pit in Xi'an, which is said by archaeologists to represent a military guard, carrying some 1,400 figures of cavalry and infantry along with chariots, is on loan to the museum for four months, courtesy of the Department of Cultural Affairs of Shanxi Provincial Government in China. The terra cotta army of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, was initially discovered in 1974 by farmers, and has been under excavation ever since, with more and more artifacts coming out every day, unveiling the historical wonders of imperial China. The terra cotta soldiers first came to be displayed in Taiwan in 2000, which more than 165,000 people flocked to visit. The exhibit this year will feature never-before-seen artifacts such as bronzeware and ceramic ceremonial relics from the war-turmoiled Zhou dynasty, enhancing it as a display that should not be missed.
Juming Museum 朱銘美術館 (No. 2 Xixu Hu Jingshan Township, Taipei County 台北縣金山鄉西勢胡2號 Tel: (02)2498-9940) Sensation of Shape and Color - Ju Ming’s Collage in “Living World Series” will be displayed to July 31, 2007. Works of camouflage artist Laurent La Gamba 偽裝城市 - 洛倫.拉剛跋個展will be displayed to January 7, 2007.
Taipei Fine Arts Museum 台北市立美術館 (No. 181 ZhongShan North Road Sec. 3, Taipei 台北市中山北路三段181號; Tel: 02-2595-7656) The 5th Taipei Biennial: Dirty Yoga will be on display to February 25, 2007. The exhibit attempts to use a currently popular pursuit as a symbol to explore, within the context of globalization, the conflicts that exist among different extreme values, and the various possibilities that may arise from them. 34 artists including individual and collective invited to this Taipei Biennial will participate in different forms in a discourse of “between-ness”that produces hybrid, mutated, nomadic meanings that are always contingent, and often subject to multiple interpretations. In recent years, artists everywhere have begun to pay attention to and promote a “third way” of understanding the world - not according to the direct opposition of a conservative social establishment and an anti-establishment, but beginning with a synthesis of the many, and leading to consensus and other forms of non-oppositional resolution.
Chinese Culture Univeristy Hwa Kang Museum 中國文化大學華岡博物館 (No. 55 Hwa Kang Rd. Yang Ming Shan, Taipei 台北市陽明山華岡路55號 Tel: (02) 2861-0511 ext. 17608) Ding Ware Porcelain Exhibition 菔柬雨慧堂收藏定窯系陶瓷展 will be on display to December 29.