Taiwan Fun Magazine, November 2002

Culture Bites :

Translated by Melanie Hou

Emperor Chien-lung's Grand Culture Enterprise

Date: until December 20
Location: National Palace Museum Library
Price: Adult NT$150, Confession NT$100
Tel: (02) 2881-2021

       This exhibit features imperial accoutrements, and the people and affairs of state connected with Emperor Chien-lung DATES. It also introduces items connected with Ji Gin, Lio Uon, the "Cultural Consultant" to the Emperor and others who were instrumental in bringing China into a new age. A total of 196 treasures are included; almost all are a part of the National Palace collection. Seven portraits of Emperor Chien-lung will highlight the exhibit, as this is the first time they will be shown to the public.

Matisse Exhibition

Time: until February 16, 2003
Location: National History Museum
Price: Adult NT$150; Student NT$100
Tel: (02) 2341-9898

       Henri Emile Benoit Matisse, considered the "Wild Master" of Paris, is often compared to Picasso within Western art circles. The current exhibit at The National History Museum demonstrates the artist's creative reach and includes sculptures, oil paintings, watercolors, prints, sketches and paper cuts. Works by famous contemporaries of Matisse are also presented. Galleries are arranged to illustrate the life of Matisse from birth through his experimental period, and moving on into his "wild phase", period of portraiture and landscape paintings, and the influence of Chinoiserie and literature on his career. The exhibit culminates in Matisse's exploration of human models and purely decorative expressions.

"Taipei Eye" A selection of Chinese Opera

Date: until November 24 (8pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening)
Location: Tai-ni Building's Hsimin Room, 3F. (113, Chung Sang North Road, Sec 2.Taipei)
Price: Adult NT$680; Children under 12years NT$480
Tel: (02) 2568-2358

       The Miau Li North Brass Band, using traditional Chinese wind and string instruments, accompanies this magnificent program of three Chinese operas. Melodies are primarily from the north of China, although southern style music can also be distinguished. Bells, brass and beautiful dancing girls take to the stage for an enchanting performance of NAME OF OPERA. Their movements, difficult yet precise, are memorable. Other selections include NAME OF OPERA, a classic performed by National Kuo Kuong Theater.