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
16 May–28 June 2020
Fadjar Sidik

Fadjar Sidik: Space Dynamics

Asia Art Center View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Fadjar Sidik, Fadjar Sidik: Space Dynamics, Asia Art Center, Taipei (16 May–28 June 2020). Courtesy Asia Art Center.
Current Exhibition | Taipei
16 May–27 June 2020
Group Show

And Life Goes On

Mind Set Art Center View Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Taipei
29 April–29 July 2020
Alicja Kwade

Hypothetical Reality

Winsing Art Place View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Alicja Kwade, Hypothetical Reality, Winsing Art Place, Taipei (29 April–19 July 2020). Courtesy Winsing Art Place.
Current Exhibition | Taipei
2 April–14 June 2020
Erwin Wurm

One Minute in Taipei: Erwin Wurm Solo Exhibition

Taipei Fine Arts Museum View Exhibition
Erwin Wurm, Outdoor Sculptures Taipei (2000) (partial view). Digital print. Courtesy the artist and Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
Current Exhibition | Taipei
28 March–14 June 2020
Paul Chiang

A Retrospective

Taipei Fine Arts Museum View Exhibition
Paul Chiang, Transfigured Night 94-01 (1993–1994). Oil on canvas, 127 x 203 cm. From the collection of the artist. Courtesy Taipei Fine Arts Museum. 
Current Exhibition | Taipei
18 March–31 May 2020
Group Exhibition

Eternal Symbols of the Orient: Post-War Chinese Art

Liang Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, 2020 ABHK Artworks | Eternal Symbols of the Orient: Post-War Chinese Art, Liang Gallery, Taipei (18 March–12 April 2020). Courtesy Liang Gallery.
Current Exhibition | Taipei
6 January–31 December 2020
Pierre Huyghe

Circadian Dilemna

Winsing Art Place View Exhibition

Current Exhibitions In Taipei

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Contemporary art exhibition, Fadjar Sidik, Fadjar Sidik: Space Dynamics at Asia Art Center, Taipei
16 May–28 June 2020 Fadjar Sidik Fadjar Sidik: Space Dynamics Asia Art Center, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, And Life Goes On at Mind Set Art Center, Taipei
16 May–27 June 2020 Group Show And Life Goes On Mind Set Art Center, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Alicja Kwade, Hypothetical Reality at Winsing Art Place, Taipei
29 April–29 July 2020 Alicja Kwade Hypothetical Reality Winsing Art Place, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Erwin Wurm, One Minute in Taipei: Erwin Wurm Solo Exhibition at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
2 April–14 June 2020 Erwin Wurm One Minute in Taipei: Erwin Wurm Solo Exhibition Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Contemporary art exhibition, Paul Chiang, A Retrospective at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
28 March–14 June 2020 Paul Chiang A Retrospective Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Eternal Symbols of the Orient: Post-War Chinese Art at Liang Gallery, Taipei
18 March–31 May 2020 Group Exhibition Eternal Symbols of the Orient: Post-War Chinese Art Liang Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Pierre Huyghe, Circadian Dilemna at Winsing Art Place, Taipei
6 January–31 December 2020 Pierre Huyghe Circadian Dilemna Winsing Art Place, Taipei

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Taipei In Ocula Magazine

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Collector Matthew Shieh: Five Selected Artworks Ocula Insight
Taipei Connections
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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Matthew Shieh: A Family Collection Ocula Conversation
Taipei Connections: Collector Focus
Matthew Shieh: A Family Collection By Stephanie Bailey, Taipei

Matthew Shieh introduces his family collection and its development within the context of Taiwan's arts landscape, where a rich collecting culture is bolstered by global initiatives such as Taipei Connections, an online platform launched by Taipei Dangdai with Ocula (2–5 May 2020).

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Taipei Stays Open: Shows to See Ocula Report Taipei Stays Open: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Taipei

With Taipei Dangdai launching the online platform Taipei Connections (2–5 May 2020) to connect galleries with collectors prior to the fair's January 2021 edition, we take a look at exhibitions taking place across Taipei's art scene.

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Taipei Biennial Announces 'Planetarium' of Participating Artists Ocula News Taipei Biennial Announces 'Planetarium' of Participating Artists Taipei, 21 April 2020

Curators said each artist would have their own pull of gravity in the exhibition.

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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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