Additionally, at the onset of the global pandemic, Taiwan established effective control measures, with a considerable number of art spaces and museums continuing to organize exhibitions and events in compliance with prevention policies. It was only until this past summer, when cases of the Delta variant surged, that spaces were forced to close temporarily or only be open by appointment.
Despite the current setback, collectors like Chen do not see the momentum of the local art market quelling anytime soon, especially with newer generations of collectors, such as herself, who mostly studied, grew up abroad, and were exposed to diverse cultures. “Nowadays, having access to all kinds of information and the ability to combine our personal experiences with the philosophies passed down by previous generations, we are lucky to have a wider horizon,” said Chen. “[It makes us] more proactive and bolder when it comes to art collecting.”