A view from the inside: Taipei’s art scene
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A view from the inside: Taipei’s art scene

Home to Art Taipei, Asia’s longest-running art fair, and arguably the best biennial in Asia, too, Taiwan is known for its liberal and diverse culture. The arts scene is concentrated in the capital city, Taipei, which is also home to many of the tastemakers in the region. Asia is seen by many as the place to cultivate opportunities in an international art fair calendar that is becoming increasingly saturated. The debut of Taipei Dangdai is a pivotal moment for Taiwan — an opportunity to showcase its robust art market and thriving contemporary scene. “Yayoi Kusama’s works were not famous in Japan in the beginning; her market really started in Taiwan in the 1990s,” says Hong Ping Tao, founder of Caves Art Center, one of the oldest commercial galleries in Taiwan. “A lot of collectors from Taiwan are still buying her works.” Thomas Duen Lang Lee, founder of Taipei’s Asia Art Center, comments: “The steady growth of the domestic market demand has nurtured art appreciation and collection that has become an integral part of life. The external market is rich internationally. Taiwan’s heavyweight collectors are diligent in doing their research in the world market.” Since the early 1980s, Taiwan has […]

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