A new addition to the international art calendar is set to turn collectors' attentions eastwards. Taipei Dangdai, a major new international art fair with a distinct regional flavor, will launch in the Taiwanese capital in January 2019, presented by lead partner UBS.
The fair will feature a world-class line-up of 90 galleries from around the globe, about 20% of which have spaces in Taiwan. Lending further weight are the impeccable credentials of both the selection and advisory committees, ensuring rigorous quality across the peer-reviewed exhibitor selection.
The new fair aims to present a dynamic, immediate and up-to-the-minute survey of the Asian contemporary art world, a spirit encapsulated by its title – Dangdai means "the present moment" in Mandarin. Similarly fitting is its subtitle, Art & Ideas, reflecting the inclusion of an accompanying programme which seeks to reassert the connection between art and the wider world, convening thought leaders from diverse fields for a series of pertinent discussions, addressing the Past, Present, and Future.
Alongside its main Galleries presentation featuring galleries from 42 cities, Taipei Dangdai will also offer three exciting dedicated sectors. Young Galleries provides a stepping stone for galleries of promise founded in the past eight years, while Solos offers focused displays by emerging, established and 20th century masters. Amongst those featured are Chihoi, Yuko Murata, Chuang Che, Noel McKenna, Kaneko Tomiyuki, Ho Kan, Shyu Ruy-Shiann, Chu The-Chun, Tan Ping, Yuko Murta, Jie-Chang Yang, Minoru Onoda, and Carlos Cruz-Diez. Demonstrating that quality can be found at every price point, the fair's Salon, designed to encourage young and new collectors, will present works priced under USD 8,000, which can be put forward by each participating gallery.
Taipei Dangdai represents a further venture in Asia for the influential cultural entrepreneur Magnus Renfrew, founding director of Art Basel in Hong Kong. Taipei proved an obvious choice of venue, boasting, in Renfrew's words, "world-class museums, a vibrant artist community, an internationally recognized biennial, and one of the most sophisticated collector bases in Asia." Taipei Dangdai will add to an already rich arts scene and coincide with the Taipei Biennial, offering visitors an unparalleled opportunity to experience the city's cultural vitality.
Ping Lin, Director of the acclaimed Taipei Arts Museum, welcomed "the dynamism that Taipei Dangdai will bring to the city and to Taipei’s art ecology over the coming years,” 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."
Taipei Dangdai will be presented 18 until 20 January 2019 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.