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The inaugural exhibition in the new space is entitled Transgression throughout the Volatile World.

The new Asia Art Center flagship gallery in Taipei. Courtesy Asia Art Center.

Asia Art Center will soon open its new flagship gallery in Taipei. A surge of Covid-19 cases has delayed the announcement of the exact date.

The new space is situated on the ground floor of a glass office tower at 128 Lequn 3rd Road. The location, north of the Keelung River, is in Taipei's Art District, near other notable galleries such as Whitestone, Double Square, Liang, and Tina Keng.

Asia Art Center will close its two existing spaces in Taipei—one on Jianguo South Road and the other on Lequn 2nd Road—but its total exhibition space in the city will increase from 1,000 square metres to 1,500 square metres. The gallery will also maintain its spaces in Beijing's 798 Art District, and Shanghai's M50 Creative Park.

Li Chen preparing the clay model for Sky (2013). Courtesy Asia Art Center.

'Excellent works require a quality space to be exhibited in order for their brilliance to be fully appreciated and realized,' said Steven Lee, Managing Director of Asia Art Center, Taipei.

The inaugural exhibition in the new space is a group show entitled Transgression throughout the Volatile World.

It includes works by over 40 artists, including Zao Wou-ki, Yang Chi-hung, Cai Guo-Qiang, Chu Teh-chun, and Léonard Foujita Tsuguharu.

Cai Guo-qiang, Deer and Pine Tree (2012). Mixed media. 202 x 303.5cm. Courtesy the artist and Asia Art Center.

A spokesperson for the gallery said they were especially excited to show Li Chen's three-metre-tall sculpture Sky (2013) for the first time.

'Li's ink black sculptures, lightened by gold and silver foil, are imbued with an aura that emits a sense of monumental levity and naiveté,' they said.

Asia Art Center was opened in 1982 by Thomas Duen Lang Lee. In addition to artists in China and Taiwan, and Chinese artists living abroad, the gallery has given particular attention to the Nanyang or 'south seas' style of Southeast Asia, and the Mono-ha and Gutai movements that emerged in Japan after the Second World War. —[O]

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