Art Taipei 2006 -- the largest art fair in Taiwan -- will open to the public during its five-day exhibition that begins tomorrow, following a reception this evening for invited guests.
The annual art fair is sponsored by the Council for Cultural Affairs and the Art Galleries Associations of the Republic of China.
Some 90 organizations, including 40 domestic galleries and 24 foreign galleries from 10 countries, will take part in the exhibition at the Hua Shan Cultural Park, the site of a winery built in 1916.
On display will be paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, glassworks and electronic art works.
This year's Art Taipei will feature the theme "New Figure, New Art," with the focus on new trends in the international art market.
In addition to an area for works by old masters, there will be an exhibit titled "Asia Live," displaying works by contemporary Asian artists in an attempt to draw attention to the long-neglected Asian art market.
Another exhibit will provide an opportunity for the nation's young artists to present their works and build relationships with domestic and foreign galleries and agents. Visitors will be encouraged to buy and collect the works presented by the young artists during the exhibition.
Art Taipei's executive committee has invited Patricia Piccinini, a respected Australian artist, to attend this year's exhibition as Artist of the Year. She will display works that highlight her concern for species affected by genetic engineering.
According to the organizers, last year's Art Taipei was a success, with sales totaling US$3.2 million.