ART TAIPEI, the longest running art fair in Asia, kicked off on Oct. 20 at the Taipei World Trade Center with an emphasis on "Asian Vision” and the return of large galleries and private museums as the leaders of contemporary Asian art trends.
This year, 123 art galleries from 15 nations - including 62 from Taiwan, 19 from Hong Kong and China, 25 from Japan and South Korea, and 7 from Southeast Asia - have come together to promote art diversity in Asia. Fourteen are first-time participants in ART TAIPEI.
The theme "Asian Vision” was chosen by the selection committee of ART TAIPEI 2017, which encompasses Fumio Nanjo of Japan's Mori Art Museum and Lorenz Helbling of China's ShanghART Gallery. The committee has also identified the importance of private art museums, which have rapidly grown especially in China and the Middle East to now account for one-fifth of the world's total number in the past five years.
Following the blueprint of its past editions, ART TAIPEI 2017 is offered in four main sections. "Galleries” is dedicated to art creations suitable for biennales or art museums; "Future” is reserved for emerging young artists from Taiwan and abroad; "Frontier” focuses on new art trends that break away from tradition by using unconventional materials or approaches; and "Public” offers large-scale public art that redefine the relationship between art and public space.
There are also two showcases - "MIT: Taiwan Young Artists Connect with the World” and "MIT: Young Artist Discovery” - featuring new local artists under 35 years of age that fall within the "Future” section.
Acclaimed curator Annie Ivanova is also on board this year as the head curator of ART TAIPEI's "Public” section, selecting video installations, site-specific works, and performance arts that defy conventional ideas regarding public art.
A special lecture series titled "The Rise of Private Art Museums” will also be held during the art fair to present the joint findings of established local and private art institutes on how to transform a private art collection into a public display.