Taiwan

Taipei Art Guide

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.

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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.


Current Exhibition | Taipei
8 August–19 September 2020
Lin Chuan-Chu

Interpretation: A Selection of Outdoor Drawing by LIN Chuan-Chu 2018-2020

Mind Set Art Center View Exhibition
Interpretation: A Selection of Outdoor Drawing by LIN Chuan-Chu 2018-2020
Current Exhibition | Taipei
1–30 August 2020
Group Exhibition

LIU Xiaodong . CAI Guo-Qiang . Shida KUO . LIN Yen Wei

Eslite Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, LIU Xiaodong . CAI Guo-Qiang . Shida KUO, Eslite Gallery, Taipei (1 August–30 August 2020). Courtesy Eslite Gallery. 
LIU Xiaodong . CAI Guo-Qiang . Shida KUO . LIN Yen Wei
Current Exhibition | Taipei
1 August–12 September 2020
J.C. Kuo

Before. After: J. C. Kuo Solo Exhibition

Tina Keng Gallery View Exhibition
Before. After: J. C. Kuo Solo Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Taipei
1 August–12 September 2020
Joshua Lin

Flux of Shadows

TKG+ View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Joshua Lin, Flux of Shadows, TKG+, Taipei (1 August–12 September). Courtesy TKG+, Taipei. 
Flux of Shadows
Current Exhibition | Taipei
1 August–12 September 2020
Chi Chien

Landing Place

TKG+ Projects View Exhibition
Landing Place
Current Exhibition | Taipei
1 August–12 September 2020
Tsun-shing Cheng

Pardon: Tsun-shing Cheng Photography Exhibition–A Personal Passage: Part II

TKG+ View Exhibition
Pardon: Tsun-shing Cheng Photography Exhibition–A Personal Passage: Part II
Current Exhibition | Taipei
25 July–18 October 2020
Tomás Saraceno

Cosmic Resonance

Winsing Art Place View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Tomas Saraceno, Cosmic Resonance, Winsing Art Place, Taipei (25 July–18 October 2020). Courtesy Winsing Art Place. 
Cosmic Resonance
Current Exhibition | Taipei
25 July–25 October 2020

The Secret South: From Cold War Perspective to Global South in Museum Collection

Taipei Fine Arts Museum View Exhibition
Au Sow Yee, Kris Project+: Polaris, Southern Stars and the Darken Bats (2020). Video and sound installation. Commissioned by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. 
The Secret South: From Cold War Perspective to Global South in Museum Collection
Current Exhibition | Taipei
14 July–22 August 2020
Chen Wan-Jen, Juan Zamora

"↻" Chen Wan-Jen and Juan Zamora Duo Solo Exhibition

Double Square Gallery View Exhibition
↻ Chen Wan-Jen and Juan Zamora Duo Solo Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Taipei
14 July–22 August 2020
Kuang-Yu Tsui

Daily Sucks/150 Meters of LoveHomePeace

Double Square Gallery View Exhibition
Daily Sucks/150 Meters of LoveHomePeace
Current Exhibition | Taipei
4 July–22 August 2020
Group Exhibition

Zero Loop 零度迴路

Lin & Lin Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Zero Loop 零度迴路, Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei (4 July–22 August 2020). Courtesy Lin & Lin Gallery.
Zero Loop 零度迴路
Current Exhibition | Taipei
4 July–18 October 2020

Inner Emigration: The Frame of an Image Is You

Taipei Fine Arts Museum View Exhibition
Installation view: Vladimír Kokolia, Inner Emigration: The Frame of an Image Is You, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (4 July–18 October 2020). Courtesy Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
Inner Emigration: The Frame of an Image Is You
Current Exhibition | Taipei
25 June 2020–6 June 2021
Lai Chih-Sheng

Closer

Taipei Fine Arts Museum View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Lai Chih-Sheng: Closer, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (15 June 2020–6 June 2021). Courtesy Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei.
Closer
Current Exhibition | Taipei
20 June–1 November 2020
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson in China (布列松在中國1948–1949|1958)

Taipei Fine Arts Museum View Exhibition
Henri Cartier-Bresson in China (布列松在中國1948–1949|1958)
Current Exhibition | Taipei
9 May–8 November 2020
Huang Hua-Cheng

An Open Ending: Huang Hua-Cheng

Taipei Fine Arts Museum View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Huang Hua-Cheng, An Open Ending: Huang Hua-Cheng, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (9 May–8 November 2020). Courtesy Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
An Open Ending: Huang Hua-Cheng
Current Exhibition | Taipei
6 January–31 December 2020
Pierre Huyghe

Circadian Dilemna

Winsing Art Place View Exhibition
Circadian Dilemna
Upcoming Exhibition | Taipei
22 August–19 September 2020
Marina Cruz, Rao Fu, Shi Jin-Hua

Renaissance

Mind Set Art Center View Exhibition
Renaissance

Current Exhibitions In Taipei

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Contemporary art exhibition, J.C. Kuo, Before. After: J. C. Kuo Solo Exhibition at Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei
1 August–12 September 2020 J.C. Kuo Before. After: J. C. Kuo Solo Exhibition Tina Keng GalleryTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Joshua Lin, Flux of Shadows at TKG+, Taipei
1 August–12 September 2020 Joshua Lin Flux of Shadows TKG+TKG+, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Chi Chien, Landing Place at TKG+ Projects, Taipei
1 August–12 September 2020 Chi Chien Landing Place TKG+ ProjectsTKG+ Projects, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Tomás Saraceno, Cosmic Resonance at Winsing Art Place, Taipei
25 July–18 October 2020 Tomás Saraceno Cosmic Resonance Winsing Art PlaceTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, The Secret South: From Cold War Perspective to Global South in Museum Collection at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
25 July–25 October 2020 The Secret South: From Cold War Perspective to Global South in Museum Collection Taipei Fine Arts MuseumTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Wan-Jen, Juan Zamora, "↻" Chen Wan-Jen and Juan Zamora Duo Solo Exhibition at Double Square Gallery, Taipei
14 July–22 August 2020 Chen Wan-Jen, Juan Zamora "↻" Chen Wan-Jen and Juan Zamora Duo Solo Exhibition Double Square GalleryTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Kuang-Yu Tsui, Daily Sucks/150 Meters of LoveHomePeace at Double Square Gallery, Taipei
14 July–22 August 2020 Kuang-Yu Tsui Daily Sucks/150 Meters of LoveHomePeace Double Square GalleryTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Zero Loop 零度迴路 at Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
4 July–22 August 2020 Group Exhibition Zero Loop 零度迴路 Lin & Lin GalleryTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Inner Emigration: The Frame of an Image Is You at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
4 July–18 October 2020 Inner Emigration: The Frame of an Image Is You Taipei Fine Arts MuseumTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Lai Chih-Sheng, Closer at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
25 June 2020–6 June 2021 Lai Chih-Sheng Closer Taipei Fine Arts MuseumTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Huang Hua-Cheng, An Open Ending: Huang Hua-Cheng at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
9 May–8 November 2020 Huang Hua-Cheng An Open Ending: Huang Hua-Cheng Taipei Fine Arts MuseumTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Pierre Huyghe, Circadian Dilemna at Winsing Art Place, Taipei
6 January–31 December 2020 Pierre Huyghe Circadian Dilemna Winsing Art PlaceTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Marina Cruz, Rao Fu, Shi Jin-Hua, Renaissance at Mind Set Art Center, Taipei
22 August–19 September 2020 Marina Cruz, Rao Fu, Shi Jin-Hua Renaissance Mind Set Art CenterTaipei

Ocula Member Galleries In Taipei

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Asia Art Center contemporary art gallery in Taipei, Taiwan Asia Art Center Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai
Asia Art Center contemporary art gallery in Taipei II, Taiwan Asia Art Center Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai
Liang Gallery contemporary art gallery in Taipei, Taiwan Liang Gallery Taipei
TKG+ contemporary art gallery in TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan TKG+ Taipei
TKG+ Projects contemporary art gallery in TKG+ Projects, Taipei, Taiwan TKG+ Projects Taipei
Whitestone Gallery contemporary art gallery in Taipei, Taiwan Whitestone Gallery Taipei, Hong Kong

Contemporary Institutions In Taipei

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Taipei In Ocula Magazine

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Online Art Project Seeks to Unite Asia Through Performance Ocula News Online Art Project Seeks to Unite Asia Through Performance Taipei, 5 August 2020

Organised by the Taipei Performing Arts Center, the event features webcam dances, researcher browser history reveals, and artistic reimaginings of the future.

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Lai Chih-Sheng's Sight Lines at Taipei Fine Arts Museum Ocula Insight Lai Chih-Sheng's Sight Lines at Taipei Fine Arts Museum By Penny Liu, Taipei

A subtle intervention takes centre stage on the third floor of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum where Lai Chih-Sheng's architectural installation Closer engages with the spatial characteristics of Space C.

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Patrick Sun: Collecting with Pride Ocula Conversation Patrick Sun: Collecting with Pride By Stephanie Bailey

Patrick Sun reflects on his work with the LGBTQ-focused Sunpride Foundation, the role of philanthropy and activism in the arts, and what he has learned in the process of developing an institution that aims to broaden perspectives surrounding identity in Asia.

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Collector Matthew Shieh: Five Selected Artworks Ocula Insight Collector Matthew Shieh: Five Selected Artworks By Ocula, Taipei

With Taipei Connections extended to remain exclusively open on Ocula till 10 May, Taipei-based collector Matthew Shieh selects five artworks reflecting interests that he shared with Ocula Magazine in April, from the intimacy of still lifes to the subtlety of the Japanese Mono-ha movement.

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Recent Events In Taipei

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Contemporary art exhibition, Taipei Dangdai 2020 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
17–19 January Taipei Dangdai 2020
Contemporary art exhibition, Taipei Dangdai 2019 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
18–20 January Taipei Dangdai 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, Art Taipei 2014 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
31 October–3 November Art Taipei 2014

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