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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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Collect Wisely. Episode 14 - Budi Tek Related Video & Audio Collect Wisely. Episode 14 - Budi Tek Sean Kelly : 27 March 2019

In this episode we are in Taipei speaking with renowned collector and philanthropist Budi Tek, who has dedicated his collection of contemporary art to the rest of the world. Budi began collecting in 2004 and went on to build the Yuz Collection, which consists of contemporary art from the East and West, with a significant focus on Chinese...

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Taipei Dangdai art fair sweeps into town Related Press Taipei Dangdai art fair sweeps into town Financial Times : 23 January 2019

Taiwan has just acquired its own, truly international art fair: Taipei Dangdai, which was launched with much hoop-la in the capital last week. City buses were plastered with the fair's geometric blue-and-orange logo; lead sponsor UBS was present with a smart lounge while sleek BMW limos ferried visitors to the rather industrial, but practical,...

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Will big names at Taipei Dangdai contemporary art fair be enough to lure dealers back to Taiwan? Related Press Will big names at Taipei Dangdai contemporary art fair be enough to lure dealers back to Taiwan? South China Morning Post : 4 January 2019

Suffering from post-holiday blues? Perhaps head over to Taipei and party on. The first edition of Taipei Dangdai opens in the middle of the month and it is shaping up to be the sort of champagne-guzzling jamboree that will make Art Basel regulars feel right at home.

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Art Basel owners exit ART SG but fair will still debut in 2019 with new backer Related Press Art Basel owners exit ART SG but fair will still debut in 2019 with new backer The Straits Times : 5 November 2018

SINGAPORE - One year before the debut of new art fair ART SG, one of the three partners in the venture, MCH Group, parent company of the famous Art Basel brand of art fairs, has exited the partnership.Taking its place is art-fair doyen Magnus Renfrew, co-owner and director of the new Taipei Dangdai fair in January.

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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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Magnus Renfrew on launching an art fair in Taiwan Related Press Magnus Renfrew on launching an art fair in Taiwan Financial Times : 23 March 2018

Magnus Renfrew loves a challenge. As a student, he persuaded the art history department at the University of St Andrews in Scotland to mark him on an exhibition instead of a written dissertation for the first time in the university's history and ended up getting full marks. In 2006, the celebrated Shanghai-based gallerist Pearl Lam offered him a...

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NEWS Former Art Basel Hong Kong Director to Launch New Fair in Taipei Related Press NEWS Former Art Basel Hong Kong Director to Launch New Fair in Taipei ARTNEWS : 20 March 2018

Since being acquired by Art Basel seven years ago, Art HK (now called Art Basel Hong Kong, which opens next week) has become the premier art fair in Asia. Now Magnus Renfrew, the fair's former director, will launch a new event in Taipei. The first edition of Renfrew's new art fair, titled Taipei Dangdai, is set for January 2019, and UBS has made a...

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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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Kyungah Ham's restless pursuit of novelty Related Press Kyungah Ham's restless pursuit of novelty The Korea Times : 5 October 2016

Artist Kyungah Ham's colorful image grabs the eyes of visitors to the 10th Taipei Biennial held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan. At first glance, they just look like bright-colored abstract patterns, but when examined closely, the canvas is jam-packed with woven stitches in various colors, constituting an elaborate embroidery...

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Taipei Biennial 2016: A new lexicon for the biennial Related Press Taipei Biennial 2016: A new lexicon for the biennial Art Agenda : 16 September 2016

The title of the tenth Taipei Biennial, Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future, includes everything but the term hammered throughout the exhibition: history. Curated by Corinne Diserens, this biennial departs from the 2014 edition helmed by Nicolas Bourriaud on the theme of accelerationism. Where Bourriaud’s...

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Art to provoke: Japan's irreverent artist, Tadasu Takamine Related Press Art to provoke: Japan's irreverent artist, Tadasu Takamine Art Radar Journal : 6 September 2016

Taipei’s TKG+ Projects features an exhibition of work by provocative Japanese artist Tadasu Takamine, including new installation and photography works, as well as his most well-known and most widely criticised video work.Recognised as one of the most controversial, thought provoking, irreverent media, video and installation artists active...

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Here are the artists in the 2016 Taipei Biennial Related Press Here are the artists in the 2016 Taipei Biennial ARTNews : 8 July 2016

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum has announced the artists tapped for their 2016 Taipei Biennial, which takes place from September 10 this year through February 5 of 2017. Now in its tenth edition, the biennial this year takes on themes related to artistic and curatorial practices, and as per press release, 'embraces the catalytic role of museums in...

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Art Taipei 2015, Taipei World Trade Centre Related Press Art Taipei 2015, Taipei World Trade Centre Aesthetica Magazine : 30 October 2015

Art Taipei returns for its 22nd edition this October, building on past experience to promote its position as a leading international art fair and the longest-standing event of its kind in Asia. Organised by Taiwan Art Gallery Association, the fair invites a selection of over 3,000 works, presented by 168 galleries from 20 countries and territories....

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Sneak Peek: What to See at Art Taipei 2015 Related Press Sneak Peek: What to See at Art Taipei 2015 Blouin ArtInfo : 29 October 2015

Art Taipei, the oldest art fair in Asia, returns to the Taipei World Trade Center from October 30 through November 2. Boasting an extensive overhaul in terms of its layout, designed by Hom Liou and Bruce Wang from Taiwanese architecture firm Wooyo, and music by Koji Sakurai, a former music director of NHK Japan who is now based in Taipei, this...

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Ink Remix at CMAG: Chinese traditions remixed in cutting-edge collection Related Press Ink Remix at CMAG: Chinese traditions remixed in cutting-edge collection The Sydney Morning Herald : 1 July 2015

Delicate brush strokes on paper – calligraphy, lyrical subjects, perhaps woodblock prints on handmade stock.These are the things that most commonly spring to mind when it comes to Chinese ink art – ancient methods and traditional subjects, perhaps reinterpreted in a contemporary context but always recognisable. Recognisable and...

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The contempoary tradition: on Wang Huangsheng's new works Related Press The contempoary tradition: on Wang Huangsheng's new works Art Collector : 30 June 2015

Found in major collections of institutions such as the V&A in London, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, the Mantova Museum in Italy and the Hoffmann Collection in Germany, artworld veteran Wang Huangsheng is known for his ingenious take of the traditional medium of ink on paper. His current exhibition...

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Tribute To Yu Peng Related Press Tribute To Yu Peng Lesley Ma for ArtAsiaPacific / 10 November 2014 : 18 November 2014

On October 13, Taiwanese artist Yu Peng passed away from liver cancer in Taipei. He was 59 years old. One of the most important Taiwanese artists of his generation, he will be remembered as much for his audacity in radically challenging the classical order of ink paintings as for his way of living as a contemporary literati.Yu Peng was born Wu...

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Taipei: The New Hub For Asian Art? Related Press Taipei: The New Hub For Asian Art? by Dana Ter / Taipei Times / 24 October 2014 : 31 October 2014

This year’s exhibition will showcase a variety of artwork created by Taiwanese and foreign talents, alongside educational and interactive workshops open to the public. Lin told the Taipei Times that in addition to the usual contenders from China, Japan and Korea, there will be more representation from Southeast Asia this...

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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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