Contemporary Taipei Galleries
--- By Darren Hassan Translated by Kiki Wu
Contemporary art is driven
by ideas, giving it a quirkiness and curiosity
that traditional arts lack. While painting
still has its place, contemporary work is
dominated by photography, video, installation
and performance art. MOCA and TFAM are great
museums, but galleries offer the chance to
meet artists personally at openings and learn
more about the subtle ideas behind their work.
This month, Taiwan Fun brings you to three
of Taipei's best galleries for fresh art.
Mr. Liu's IT Park Gallery and Photo Studio
has been presenting the contemporary art in
Taipei since it opened in 1988. The second
and third floor gallery space hosts established
local and international artists. For a great
evening, stop by IT Park for an opening and
finish the night at VT salon (a new B1 club
run by video artists, one block away).
June 2-20: - Zheng Shu Li, Venice Biennale
veteran presents sculptural installation.
July: Takahiko Suzuki, Japanese conceptual
installation artist presents photographic
interventions in the urban landscape.
Shin Leh Yuan (SLY)
"New Paradise" Art Space is an artist-run
co-op opened in 1995 and showcases its emerging
artist members. The art is often more raw
than what you'll see at IT Park, but that's
what keeps it fresh and exciting. SLY is at
the end of Lane 11, near LinSen Park.
Taipei Artist Village
TAV has a residency program with international
artists staying for up to three months. Visual
artists, musicians, dancers, thespians and
writers all present works and lectures, with
an emphasis on community-based projects and
interaction with the public. The nonprofit
Taipei Culture Foundation has run TAV for
over two decades.
June 24-25: Open Studio: workshops, fun activities
and a chance to meet the resident artists
in their studios