The first edition of Taipei Dangdai in January 2019 turned the art world’s attention eastward and shone a spotlight on the Taiwanese capital, welcoming more than 28,000 visitors to view contemporary art from a world-class line-up of 90 galleries with a distinct regional flavor.
Founder and Director Magnus Renfrew commented that “The sheer gathering of industry leaders, most demanding collectors, top galleries and art institutions all contributed to the huge success of Taipei Dangdai’s first edition.”
The fair presented a dynamic, immediate and up-to-the-minute survey of the Asian contemporary art world, a spirit encapsulated by its title – Dangdai which means "the present moment" in Mandarin.
Similarly fitting is its subtitle, Art & Ideas, reflecting the accompanying program which reasserted the connection between art and the wider world, convening thought leaders from diverse fields for a series of pertinent discussions on topics including the ‘Future Directions for the Gallery System in Asia’ and ‘Art in the Digital Age’ with art collective teamLab.
Culture is at the heart of Taipei, with a number of "world-class museums, a vibrant artist community, an internationally recognized biennial, and one of the most sophisticated collector bases in Asia” according to Renfrew.
Art collector and founder of the creative agency Sunset Projects Leslie Sun highlighted Tina Keng Gallery, IT Park and Project Fulfill Art Space as her top three galleries to visit in Taipei, alongside Dihua Street and Fujin Street as her favorite places to shop in the city, for their local craft and lifestyle offerings. She commented at the opening press conference for the fair that “The world is ready for us, and we are ready for the world”.
An obvious venue choice for Taipei Dangdai, the fair added to an already rich arts scene as well as coincided with the Taipei Biennial, offering visitors an unparalleled opportunity to experience the city's cultural vitality.
Gladys Lin, Director, Sean Kelly Gallery commented that “Since the 80’s, Taiwan has been excited and curious about art from all over the world. The country has always had a leading role in the invention of technologies, which has allowed artists to experiment in the realm of new media”, while Dennis Chen, Country Head and Head of Wealth Management, UBS Taiwan, hailed its timeliness in the context of "exponential growth of interest in contemporary art in Taiwan."