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
11 September–22 November 2020
Shinji Ohmaki

Rustle of Existence

Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts View Exhibition
Shinji Ohmaki, Liminal Air Space-Time (2020). Cloth, fans, LED lights. Dimension Variable. Exhibition view: Shinji Ohmaki, Rustle of Existence, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei (11 September–22 November 2020). Courtesy the artist and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts.
Rustle of Existence
Current Exhibition | Taipei
5 September–4 October 2020
Hiroyuki Matsuura

SUPER ACRYLIC SKIN – Quiet World

Eslite Gallery, Taipei View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Hiroyuki Matsuura, SUPER ACRYLIC SKIN – Quiet World, Eslite Gallery, Taipei (5 September–4 October 2020). Courtesy Eslite Gallery. 
SUPER ACRYLIC SKIN – Quiet World
Current Exhibition | Taipei
5 September–17 October 2020
Lin Hong-Wen

Medium of Reified Immediacies

Double Square Gallery, Taipei View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Lin Hong-Wen, Medium of Reified Immediacies, Double Square Gallery, Taipei (5 September–17 October 2020). Courtesy Double Square Gallery, Taipei.
Medium of Reified Immediacies
Current Exhibition | Taipei
25 July–18 October 2020
Tomás Saraceno

Cosmic Resonance

Winsing Art Place, Taipei 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
Exhibition view: The Secret South: From Cold War Perspective to Global South in Museum Collection, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (25 July–25 October 2020). Courtesy Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan.
The Secret South: From Cold War Perspective to Global South in Museum Collection
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: China 1948-1949 | 1958

Taipei Fine Arts Museum View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Henri Cartier-Bresson: China 1948-1949 | 1958, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (20 July–1 November 2020). Courtesy Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan.
Henri Cartier-Bresson: China 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, Taipei View Exhibition
Circadian Dilemna

Current Exhibitions In Taipei

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Contemporary art exhibition, Shinji Ohmaki, Rustle of Existence at Mind Set Art Center, Taipei
11 September–22 November 2020 Shinji Ohmaki Rustle of Existence Kuandu Museum of Fine ArtsTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Hiroyuki Matsuura, SUPER ACRYLIC SKIN – Quiet World at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
5 September–4 October 2020 Hiroyuki Matsuura SUPER ACRYLIC SKIN – Quiet World Eslite Gallery, TaipeiTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Lin Hong-Wen, Medium of Reified Immediacies at Double Square Gallery, Taipei
5 September–17 October 2020 Lin Hong-Wen Medium of Reified Immediacies Double Square Gallery, TaipeiTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Tomás Saraceno, Cosmic Resonance at Winsing Art Place, Taipei
25 July–18 October 2020 Tomás Saraceno Cosmic Resonance Winsing Art Place, TaipeiTaipei
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, 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, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Henri Cartier-Bresson: China 1948-1949 | 1958 at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
20 June–1 November 2020 Henri Cartier-Bresson Henri Cartier-Bresson: China 1948-1949 | 1958 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 Place, TaipeiTaipei

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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