Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei
January 17 – 19, 2020
Taipei Dangdai will return to kickstart the art world calendar, featuring a world-class line up of galleries from around the globe, selected via a rigorous application process overseen by a committee of international gallerists. Presented by UBS, and having attracted over 28,000 visitors in 2019, the event brings together a selection of the world’s leading galleries and artists alongside influential thinkers from a wide range of disciplines, including archaeology, art history and technology. Taipei Dangdai celebrates the city’s unique and dynamic art scene, while highlighting global creativity and the increasing importance of the wider art market in Asia. Taipei Dangdai announces strengthened roster of 98 galleries for highly anticipated second edition of the fair in January 2020.
Following a successful first edition with over 28,000 visitors, Taipei Dangdai will return with a strengthened line-up of 98 leading galleries and an expanded leadership team to include contemporary arts expert Robin Peckham, who takes up the role of CoDirector, working alongside fair Co-Founder and Co-Director Magnus Renfrew. Presented by UBS and held at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 (TaiNEX 1), the fair will run from Friday 17 January until Sunday 19 January 2020, with a VIP Preview and Vernissage on 16 January. The second edition of Taipei Dangdai builds on its mission to showcase leading galleries from around the world within the context of the very best galleries from Taipei and Asia more widely. Of the 98 galleries participating in the 2020 edition, 23 have permanent spaces in Taiwan, many of whom will be presenting the work of leading emerging artists from the region. The participating galleries will show in three core sectors. In addition to the Galleries sector, Taipei Dangdai includes special sectors for Young Galleries, which subsidizes galleries founded within the last eight years selected on the basis of their overall programming, and Solos, which spotlights singular focused presentations by emerging artists and exceptional contemporary and historical creative figures. A special Salon sector provides a platform to encourage and nurture collectors at all levels of resources and experience through a showcase of work priced below 8,000 USD from each participating gallery presented in a designated area. The Installations sector spread throughout the fair celebrates the full spectrum of artists’ ambitions with outsized or immersive projects beyond the capacity of a standard fair booth presentation. As a platform for creative ideas and thought leadership, the Ideas Program returns with a curated selection of talks and other events with renowned cultural figures from Taiwan and beyond. This highly multidisciplinary program will begin in the fall and culminate over the fair’s duration and feature art industry experts as well as recognized public figures from literature, design, science, and the humanities.
The Galleries sector of the fair will present 74 premier galleries from across the world, with a predominant presence of galleries from the Asia-Pacific region. The 2020 Galleries sector welcomes a number of galleries joining the fair for the first time, including international leading galleries SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Artinformal Gallery, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Lévy Gorvy, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, and kamel mennour. A cross-section of galleries from Taiwan and beyond will showcase the strength and vitality of the local emerging art scene by dedicating the whole or majority of their presentations to Taiwanese artists. Some highlight gallery presentations include the renowned Taiwanese artist Li Yuan-Chia alongside some of his peers from the 1960s from the Il Punto movement, including works by Antonio Calderara at Richard Saltoun Gallery; a selection of notable artists from Asia and Europe at Mind Set Art Center to celebrating the gallery’s 10th anniversary; work by Chen Ching Yuan, Joyce Ho, Chou Yu-Cheng presented by TKG+; a solo booth of collective Luxury Logico presented by ESLITE GALLERY; and a group of three Taipei-based artists: Chou Yu-Cheng, Lai Chih-Sheng, Yang Chi-Chuan, presented by Malingue.
Solos returns as an indisputable focus of Taipei Dangdai 2020. With a spotlight on singular focused presentations by emerging artists and exceptional historical creative figures and pivotal art groups, 18 galleries will participate in this sector, with presentations including the work of the late Japanese painter Tetsuya Ishida at Wada Fine Arts | Y++; pioneering Korean video artist Nam June Paik at Galerie Bhak; emerging Taiwanese artist Hsu Jui-Chien at KALOS GALLERY; and established international artists Jonathan Meese at Sies + Höke and Dan Flavin at BASTIAN. The Young Galleries sector highlights and subsidizes innovative and promising galleries that have been in operation for less than eight years, encouraging them to showcase the width and breadth of their programming. This year’s participants include albertz benda, Double Square Gallery, GALLERY VACANCY, KOSAKU KANECHIKA, and OVER THE INFLUENCE.
For Taipei Dangdai 2020, Robin Peckham will take up the role of CoDirector, working alongside fair Co-Founder and Co-Director Magnus Renfrew. Peckham will be based in Taipei and his appointment is effective immediately. Bringing with him a wealth of experience from the contemporary art industry in Greater China in particular, Peckham is widely recognised as a leading cultural innovator, including accolades such as an inclusion on Apollo Magazine’s 2016 “Thinkers” list, and for his roles as an independent curator and Editor in Chief of LEAP, the bi-lingual international art magazine of contemporary China. Peckham will be closely involved in the curation of the public programming of Taipei Dangdai, joining Renfrew in spearheading the broader development of the fair as it steps towards its highly anticipated second year.
Robin Peckham said, “I am thrilled to be joining Taipei Dangdai and working alongside Magnus. Magnus and the team delivered an exceptional inaugural edition of the fair and I look forward to working with them, our exhibitors, collectors, institutions, and the broader community to make Taipei Dangdai a key meeting place for the international art world and to fulfil its ambition of becoming a leading platform for the exchange of art and ideas.” Magnus Renfrew added, “We are delighted to welcome Robin to the Taipei Dangdai team. Robin has an exceptional reputation as one of the leading cultural innovators of his generation. Robin will be based in Taipei and will be well-served by his fluency in Mandarin in broadening and deepening our relationships with stakeholders and the cultural community.”