BLOG: Field Trip: Taipei
The flight from Hong Kong to Taipei—the world’s eighth busiest route—is just over one hour in length, yet the Republic of Taiwan feels a world away. Clean, quiet, green, and efficient, Taipei is laid out on a modern city grid at the foot of the hills and surrounded by three tributaries that merge to form the Tamsui River, which heads north to the Pacific. Anchored by a respected biennial and several pioneering nonprofits, as well as regional museums, the island-nation’s art scene remains modest in size and staunchly self-reliant. So far, Taipei has been spared the hyperexpansion brought on by an influx of foreign capital, as seen in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. On a rainy weekend in mid-April, although many galleries were on hiatus between exhibitions, a tour around the city offered a partial glimpse into Taiwan’s quietly humming art community.