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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City Ocula Report Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City 8 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The nation-state—a nation (a people) presided over by a governing body with jurisdiction over a defined territory (the state)—is either going through a renaissance or demise, depending on one's perspective. There has been talk about the nation-state's end for years—from a 2013 United States National Intelligence Council report...

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Anita Dube Ocula Conversation Anita Dube

On 12 December 2018, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), referred to as 'the people's Biennale', will open its fourth edition to the public. Considered one of the most significant large-scale exhibitions in South Asia, and by far one of the most attended art events in the subcontinent, this edition is curated by the New Delhi-based artist and critic...

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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist Ocula Report The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist 8 Dec 2018 : Susan Acret for Ocula

Looking through the windows that front Indonesian artist Aditya Novali's wall installation The Wall: Asian (Un)Real Estate Project (2011), a series of miniature apartments come into view: private interiors that are sometimes bland, strange or garish (Hello Kitty decor characterises one space, for example, while multiple Duchamp-like toilets appear...

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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

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Art Taipei 2018: In Flux Ocula Report Art Taipei 2018: In Flux 10 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

'There is nothing more boring than the story of decline,' a journalist remarked at an art criticism panel I attended the evening before making the trip to see Art Taipei (26–29 October 2018). As I attended the opening night of Asia's oldest art fair, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, those words rang in my head. Wandering up and down...

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Charwei Tsai Ocula Conversation Charwei Tsai Artist

Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai's memorising and compulsive writing of the Heart Sutra—a Buddhist scripture that distills the wisdom of impermanence—is at the heart of her practice. Over the past ten years, Tsai has moved from writing to drawing, photography, and film—a selection of which is being presented at the Centre for Chinese...

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Shows to See in Taipei: The Lowdown Ocula Report Shows to See in Taipei: The Lowdown 25 Oct 2018 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

With the 11th Taipei Biennial (17 November 2018–10 March 2019) and Art Taipei (26–29 October 2018) taking place this autumn, Tessa Moldan gives a rundown of what exhibitions to see at galleries, art spaces and museums across the island nation's capital.Ma Paisui: Trips of LifeAsia Art Center Taipei II, 93 Lequn 2nd Rd, Zhongshan District25...

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Sanyu: An Introduction to a Modern Master Ocula Report Sanyu: An Introduction to a Modern Master 11 May 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

Sanyu's Still Life of Flowering and Fruit Plant with a Green Ground, an oil on masonite panel dated between 1950 and 1965, presents a plant brimming with aspirations of wealth, or in the artist's case, memories of it. Painted against a rich olive backdrop, Chinese symbols of good fortune, from peaches to pomegranates, grow from branches amid green...

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Kit Hammonds and Ingrid Chu Ocula Conversation Kit Hammonds and Ingrid Chu Initiators of 'The Editorial' at the Taipei Biennial 2016

Organised in conjunction with the Taipei Biennial 2016, Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future: A New Lexicon for the Biennial, curated by Corinne Diserens, The Editorial was a series of events, exhibitions, and discussions focused on independent arts publishing in Asia. Held over two days (10 to 11 December, 2016) at the...

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The 2016 Taipei Biennial: 'Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future: A New Lexicon for the Biennial' Ocula Report The 2016 Taipei Biennial: 'Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future: A New Lexicon for the Biennial' 20 Oct 2016 : Reema Salha Fadda for Ocula

Curated by Corinne Diserens—renowned French curator and former director of the École de Recherche Graphique in Brussels—and housed at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the tenth Taipei Biennial Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future: A New Lexicon for the Biennial (10 September 2016 - 5 February 2017) casts a...

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Taipei exhibition round-up: June 2016 Ocula Report Taipei exhibition round-up: June 2016 7 Jul 2016 : Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva for Ocula

TKG+Wang Yahui, A Slant of Light23 April to 5 June 2016When TKG+ presented A Slant of Light (23 April to 5 June 2016), an exhibition of works by Wang Yahui, it was initially difficult to discern if the black and white surfaces, interrupted only by a spot of light, were paintings or photographs. These grey tonal compositions focus...

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Rachel Lehmann Ocula Conversation Rachel Lehmann Founding Partner of Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Rachel Lehmann is not only one half of the gallery powerhouse that is Lehmann Maupin, but she is also an international citizen of the world. Lehmann was born in Asmara, Ethiopia, and studied at the University of Fribourg in France. She worked at the legendary Sonnabend Gallery in New York, and was the proprietor of two contemporary galleries in...

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Magnus Renfrew on Taipei Dangdai Related Video & Audio Magnus Renfrew on Taipei Dangdai Artelligence Podcast : 29 October 2018

Magnus Renfrew launches his new fair Taipei Dangdai in Taiwan on January 18, 2019. The fair features 90 galleries from Asia, Europe and North America. Dealers David Zwirner, Thaddaeus Ropac, Edouard Malingue, Gagosian, Gallery Hyundai, Kukje, Lisson, Massimo de Carlo, Whitestone, White Cube, Tomio Koyama, Tang Contemporary, Spruth Mägers, Sadie...

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CHEN CHIEH-JEN NAMED ARTIST OF THE YEAR AT 12TH AWARD OF ART CHINA Related Press CHEN CHIEH-JEN NAMED ARTIST OF THE YEAR AT 12TH AWARD OF ART CHINA ArtAsiaPacific : 23 May 2018

On May 21, Taiwanese artist and filmmaker Chen Chieh-jen received the prestigious Artist of the Year honor at the Award of Art China (AAC) ceremony in Beijing. In its 12th year, AAC is an annual award founded by Chinese art media group Artron, recognizing the best of contemporary art within Greater China. Chen was presented with a trophy for his...

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Lai Chih-Sheng - Between Dog and Wolf Related Press Lai Chih-Sheng - Between Dog and Wolf Artforum : 3 October 2017

If 30 cm (all works 2017), a common thirty-centimeter plastic ruler stretched and distorted by Lai Chih-Sheng, can be used to navigate Between Dog and Wolf––a title inspired by the French expression "entre chien et loup"—it suggests that our familiar methods of assessment are of no use in a site of uncertainty, metamorphosis, and...

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First-ever museum show celebrating queer Asian art opens in Taiwan Related Press First-ever museum show celebrating queer Asian art opens in Taiwan The Art Newspaper : 11 September 2017

The first ever museum show celebrating queer Asian art opened this weekend at the state-run Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art. Spectrosynthesis: Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now (until 5 November) presents 51 works by 22 artists and is organised by the Taiwanese curator Sean Hu and backed by the Hong Kong collector Patrick Sun's Sunpride Foundation....

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Preview: Six highlights from Art Taipei 2016 Related Press Preview: Six highlights from Art Taipei 2016 Art Radar Journal : 14 November 2016

From 12 to 15 November Art Taipei 2016 will be held at the Taipei World Trade Center. This year, due to its collaboration with the Asia Pacific Gallery Association (APAGA), the fair is developing further cooperation with the art industry in the Asian-Pacific region.This year there is a total of 150 galleries, 700 artists and 3,000 artworks....

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A 'Universe of Possibilities': Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai Related Press A 'Universe of Possibilities': Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai Art Radar : 7 November 2016

The Taiwanese-born artist Charwei Tsai (b. 1980), incorporates geographical, social and spiritual motifs onto natural embodiments of work that stimulate human perceptual thought. Tsai’s intuitive style developed after graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 2002 and L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris 2010. In...

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Art Taipei to unveil a new visage Related Press Art Taipei to unveil a new visage The China Post : 7 November 2016

The contemporary art fair which takes place at Taipei World Trade Centre from November 11 to 14 this year, is organized by the Taiwan Art Gallery Association (TAGA) in alliance with Asia Pacific Art Gallery Association (APAGA). The organizers hope to consolidate the respective strengths of each region, as well as unify the sophisticated, unwavering...

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Review: Taipei Biennial 2016 Related Press Review: Taipei Biennial 2016 Frieze : 12 October 2016

It would take someone better versed than I in Foucauldian notions of genealogy to parse for you curator Corinne Diserens’s title for the tenth Taipei Biennial. Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future: A New Lexicon for the Biennial takes place across two floors of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (with one work offsite...

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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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