The third edition of Taipei Dangdai, the international art fair led by Co-Directors Robin Peckham and Magnus Renfrew, closed on Sunday 22nd May. Held across three public days and a VIP Preview day at the Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei Dangdai 2022 brought together leading galleries from Taiwan, Asia, and beyond, along with an accessible Ideas Forum roundly appreciated by new collectors seeking to engage with contemporary art. With Taiwan’s borders still closed to most international travellers and social distancing measures in place, the fair closed to 22,783 visitors on Sunday night.
Galleries reported strong sales across the board, with several confirming that their booths sold out during the opening hours of the VIP Preview on Thursday 19th May, including multiple galleries participating remotely. The pace of sales was steady throughout the week of the Fair, as galleries continued to report sales right up to the closing moments on Sunday 22nd May.
Over the course of the Fair, Taipei Dangdai welcomed private collectors, patrons, and representatives from art institutions. VIPs and guests included leading collectors Maggie Tsai (Fubon Art Museum), Pierre Chen, Frank Huang, Robert Tsao, Jack Huang, Tai-Wei Chang, Ellie Lai (Humble House Group,) Yao Chien, Leslie Sun, R. C. Chen (RC Culture and Arts Foundation), Chen Po-Wen, Chen Wu Kang (Kelti International), Hsu Chung-Wei, Jenny Yeh (Winsing Arts Foundation), Vicky Chen (Tao Art), Rudy Tseng, Vivian Chiang (Studio A); museum leaders Lai HsiangLing, Wang Jun-Jieh (Director, Taipei Fine Arts Museum), Aaron Lee and Huang Shan-Shan (Jut Foundation for Arts & Architecture), Lee Tuo-Tzu (Deputy Executive Officer, National Culture and Arts Foundation); as well as long-term supporters Ting Hsiao-Ching (Chairperson, TAICCA), Beatrice Hsieh (Curator and art critic); and leading Taiwan-based artists Michael Lin, Heidi Voet, Jason Chi, and Item Idem.
“We are extremely grateful to the many international galleries who spent time in quarantine to reach the fair or entrusted our local team with staffing their booths remotely, and would like to celebrate all of the experienced and resilient Taiwanese gallery directors managing homegrown and international galleries alike. Their knowledge and passion are reflected in the massive influx of demand from new collectors to the art market this year, especially for emerging art. We continue to be deeply impressed with the wide range of material that has been finding a home with Taiwanese collectors this week,” said Co-Director Robin Peckham.
Dennis Chen, Head, UBS Taiwan, says, “It was great to be back at Taipei Dangdai, surrounded by great art, connecting with fellow collectors and feeling inspired. The fair truly cemented its role in the Asian art market.”
New and revitalized sectors this year included Galleries, with 39 exhibitors from around the world; Edge, with 7 young galleries; 16 presentations in Solo by emerging and established artists; Salon, with artworks available for USD 8,000 or below; Node, with 3 large-scale works by Shyu Ruey-Shiann (Double Square Gallery), Chiu Chen Hung (TKG+), and Hao Jingfang and Wang Lingjie (isArt); and Launch Stage, with NFT presentations by Art Blocks, Feral File, Outland, and SOYL. In addition, Taipei Platform, a collaborative booth activated by non-profit and underground art spaces with performances and workshops, included events hosted by Walking Grass Agriculture, ARTouch, CANS, HAGAI, La Vie, SOYL, Initium Media, OFF-SITE, and FENKO Catalysis Chamber.
For more information, visit www.taipeidangdai.com