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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Taipei

Taiwan

All Exhibitions In Taipei

Contemporary art exhibition, Joyce Ho, NO ON at TKG+, Taipei
23 February–28 April 2019 Joyce Ho NO ON TKG+
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Luxuriant at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
6 April–12 May 2019 Group exhibition Luxuriant Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Ying Hung, Mind and Matter: Derivation 神思與物遊 at Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei
13 April–26 May 2019 Ying Hung Mind and Matter: Derivation 神思與物遊 Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhuang Hwa-Yun, Zhuang Hwa-Yun 莊華嶽 at Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
9 March–20 April 2019 Zhuang Hwa-Yun Zhuang Hwa-Yun 莊華嶽 Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Over the Rainbow 看見彩虹 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
1–31 March 2019 Group exhibition Over the Rainbow 看見彩虹 Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Yang Mao-Lin, Wanderers of the Abyssal Darkness II: Somber Seas at Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei
23 February–7 April 2019 Yang Mao-Lin Wanderers of the Abyssal Darkness II: Somber Seas Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Callum Innes, Callum Innes at Sean Kelly, Taipei
16 January–30 March 2019 Callum Innes Callum Innes Sean Kelly, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhan Wang, The Invisible 隱 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
12 January–17 February 2019 Zhan Wang The Invisible 隱 Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Benrei Huang, 少數當家 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
1–30 December 2018 Benrei Huang 少數當家 Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Lin, Beat Streuli, One Plus One 壹加壹 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
3–25 November 2018 Michael Lin, Beat Streuli One Plus One 壹加壹 Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Lai Chiu-Chen, Bubble Kabushiki Kaisha 泡泡株式会社 at Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
13 October–24 November 2018 Lai Chiu-Chen Bubble Kabushiki Kaisha 泡泡株式会社 Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Teppei Kaneuji, Romantic Barricade 浪漫的羈絆 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
8 September–7 October 2018 Teppei Kaneuji Romantic Barricade 浪漫的羈絆 Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Wu Tsan-Cheng, Where Are You? On the Way. at Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
14 August–22 September 2018 Wu Tsan-Cheng Where Are You? On the Way. Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhbition, HSIA Yan and His Times 夏陽的時代 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
4–26 August 2018 Group Exhbition HSIA Yan and His Times 夏陽的時代 Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Sanyu, An Intimate View: Sanyu's Small Masterpieces at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
3 March–1 April 2018 Sanyu An Intimate View: Sanyu's Small Masterpieces Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Wandering in the Garden at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
6 January–14 February 2018 Group Exhibition Wandering in the Garden Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Lu Liang, State of Memory at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
14 October–19 November 2017 Lu Liang State of Memory Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, LAI Chih-Sheng, Between Dog and Wolf at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
2 September–8 October 2017 LAI Chih-Sheng Between Dog and Wolf Eslite Gallery, Taipei
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About Taipei

The bustling city of Taipei has an equally lively art scene, made up of tremendous museums, galleries and non-profit spaces. The National Palace Museum sits at the helm with over 600,000 artefacts spanning 5,000 years of history. Originally founded in Beijing in 1925, the Museum was relocated to Taipei during the Chinese Civil War in 1948 to safeguard its collection, which includes the famous jade cabbage—a detailed reproduction of a Chinese cabbage head reputed to have been part of the dowry of the Guangxu Emperor's consort Jin Fei in the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)—along with ancient objects that include Song dynasty paintings and calligraphy, ritual bronzes, ceramics, early printed books and more.

Founded in 1983, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum showcases artwork by Taiwanese and international artists from the 19th century to today, and acts as the host for one of the region's best-loved biennials: the Taipei Biennial. The Biennial was borne from two exhibition projects conceived by the Museum to celebrate contemporary art: Contemporary Art trends in the ROC and An Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Sculpture in the Republic of China, held on alternating years between 1984 and 1991 until they were merged in 1992 to form the Biennial.

With a solid institutional backbone, the city is also home to over 30 galleries. These spaces move between supporting contemporary artists and showcasing modern masters, such as Asia Art Center, which represents Li Chen, Chu Weibor and Yang Chihung, among others. The artful balance between modern and contemporary is a defining characteristic of many of the city's galleries, including Tina Keng Gallery, which has been instrumental in forging the careers of many Asian masters, including Zao Wou-Ki, Sanyu, Lin Fengmian and Yun Gee. TKG+—the gallery's experimental sister space—continues this legacy by working with emerging artists and providing a platform for experimentation across different media.

Taipei's galleries and art spaces are spread across the city. Those looking to avoid travel can spend time in Huashan 1914 Creative Park, which possesses a similar structure to Beijing's 798 Art Zone. The complex originated in 1914 as a wine factory and camphor refinery. It was vacated in 1987 and artists advocated for it to be used as an art space in 1997. The red brick buildings now host a number of exhibitions throughout the year, interspersed with cafés and knick-knack shops.

The city's more experimental spaces include TheCube Project Space, located in an alleyway in the southern part of the city. Founded by independent curator Amy Cheng and music critic Jeph Lo, TheCube takes pride in being one of few art spaces in the city that has the capacity to organise 'quality international exhibitions on a non-profit basis'. As such, TheCube has become a site of lively cultural exchange—a position that has been harnessed by the city as a whole.

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