Contemporary art in Taiwan in the Nineties

Contemporary art in Taiwan in the 1990s were heavily influence by several phenomena. In addition to the lifting of martial law and the redrawing of the Taiwan art market, traditional painting and painting schools withered away, and an alternative space emerged, creating avant-garde art; installation, photographic and video art in particular jumped into the mainstream. Government and private art sponsors become common, while private companies began establishing numerous foundations. The art education system was reorganized, adding art administration and musicology as new categories, while at the same time slowly cultivating a new generation of artists and art critics. Systems used by Western exhibit planners were introduced, propelling Taiwanese exhibit planners to new heights and beginning the development of exhibitions centered on the discussion of themes. Government-established art museums led the way in the internationalization of Taiwanese modern art, organizing the Taipei Biennial, Venice Biennial and touring overseas exchange exhibits, pushing Taiwan’s contemporary art scene towards the international stage. These issues also show that Taiwanese contemporary artists at this time tended to be younger and more diverse. This exhibit invited representative contemporary artists in Taiwan from the 1990’s to participate, in the hopes that a platform for dialogue and reflection can be provided through the raising of themes for discussion and the sampling of works.