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New international art fair to launch in Taipei January 2019 under direction of Magnus Renfrew
L-R Dennis Chen, Country Head and Head of Wealth Management, UBS Taiwan, and Magnus Renfrew, Co-Founder and Director of Taipei Dangdai. Courtesy of Taipei Dangdai.

TAIPEI.- A new international art fair, Taipei Dangdai will open in Taipei in January 2019. The inaugural edition of the fair will bring together 80 exhibitors from Asia as well as strong selection of leading galleries from outside the region that have shown a continued commitment to showcasing their programs on the continent. Overseen by Magnus Renfrew, Taipei Dangdai will be a world-class art event, providing exhibitors the opportunity to broaden their collector base and giving international exposure to a growing number of artists and galleries from across Asia. The inaugural edition of Taipei Dangdai will be held at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, and is presented by UBS.

The name of the fair captures this spirit, as dangdai in Mandarin means "the present moment." Held annually, Taipei Dangdai will constitute an accurate and immediate survey of what is occurring in the contemporary art world in Asia. The subtitle, Art & Ideas, highlights the two main focuses of the event: a leading international art fair and a convening of thought leaders from various fields. Programming will include an ambitious roster of multidisciplinary talks that address issues pertaining to and beyond the art world.

Taipei Dangdai will give visitors the opportunity to engage with the city's rich cultural offerings, including the Taipei Biennial (running November 17, 2018, through March 10, 2019) and the world-class Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and to experience the city's culinary excellence and diverse nightlife.

Ping Lin, Director of Taipei Fine Arts Museum adds, "With its unique identity, Taipei Dangdai is certain to energize the local and international art world. We look forward to the dynamism that Taipei Dangdai will bring to the city and to Taipei's art ecology over the coming years."

"Taipei is home to one of the longest-established gallery scenes in Asia," said Fair Director Magnus Renfrew. "The city boasts world-class museums, a vibrant artist community, an internationally recognized biennial, and one of the most sophisticated collector bases in Asia. We are developing Taipei Dangdai as an additional opportunity for Asian galleries to bring their programs to wider audiences, and for international collectors to have a significant point of entry for discovering important works from Asia and beyond."

"Art has the ability to bring people together, open conversations, question the status quo, and, ultimately, celebrate what makes us human. As a longstanding patron of contemporary art globally, we are proud to present Taipei Dangdai and, in light of the exponential growth of interest in contemporary art in Taiwan, we look forward to the fair going from strength to strength in the years ahead," said Dennis Chen, Country Head and Head of Wealth Management, UBS Taiwan.

Taipei Dangdai aims to build audiences, strengthen relationships, spark curiosity, and encourage long-term patronage with art and ideas across disciplines and cultures. Exhibitors will be chosen by a peer-review selection committee that includes Patricia Crockett (Sprüth Magers), Waling Boers (Boers-Li Gallery), Isa Lorenzo (Silverlens Galleries), Edouard Malingue (Edouard Malingue Gallery), and Elisa Uematsu (Taka Ishii Gallery). The full list of exhibitors will be announced in fall 2018.

"Taipei is a city with a strong community of collectors and we are thrilled to be able to play an active role in supporting Taipei Dangdai," said Selection Committee member Elisa Uematsu of Taka Ishii Gallery. "We are confident that a fair with such strong credentials will help us to build further our relationships within this important market."

Taipei Dangdai is also supported by an Advisory Group of international collectors from Taiwan and beyond, who provide counsel and guidance as the fair prepares to welcome visitors from around the region to Taipei in January 2019. Current members include Jam Acuzar, Jason Chi, Evan Chow, Lawrence Chu, Ellie Lai, Sylvain Levy, Alan Lo, Ivan Pun, Leo Shih, Leslie Sun, Patrick Sun and Rudy Tseng (list in formation).

"We are excited that Magnus and his team will be bringing energy and attention to the art scene in Taipei. We look forward to welcoming international galleries, collectors and art world professionals to discover our wonderful city," said Rudy Tseng, Taiwanese collector, curator and member of the Asia Pacific Acquisition Committee for Tate.

In addition to a main Galleries Sector, presenting leading galleries from Taiwan, Asia, and the rest of the world, Taipei Dangdai comprises three specialized sectors designed to highlight new galleries, spotlight artists through solo presentations, and feature works with accessible pricing. The Young Galleries Program is a stepping stone for galleries of promise that have been in operation for less than eight years (founded on or after 1st January 2011), inviting them to present the full breadth of their program. The Solos Sector will highlight solo presentations by both emerging and established artists, as well as historical artists from the 20th century. In addition, each participating gallery will have the opportunity to feature a work priced under USD 8,000 in the fair's Salon, a dedicated area designed to help build audiences, encourage new collectors to engage, and demonstrate that quality can be found at every price point.

In addition to a global exhibitor lineup, Taipei Dangdai aims to reassert the connection between art and the world through posing questions about the past, present, and future of both art and the broader world to which creativity and expression relate. The Ideas Program will convene thought leaders from various fields—ranging from archaeology, art history, and contemporary culture to urban planning, environmentalism, finance, science, and technology—to discuss the contemporary context and present their thoughts on possible future directions. Further details of the program will be shared in late 2018.

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