How does the art market navigate through COVID-19? The outburst of Covid-19 undermines the belief that one can make an absolute prediction about art market returns. From 2020 to 2021, we are facing another turnpike. The COVID-19 crisis led to stay-at-home orders and the closure of physical spaces in most megacities. The difficulty of travel abroad indicates the impossibility of art fairs, biennials, artist-in-residency programs and art-related events in overseas. We stay puzzled in how art market players handle the operation without face-to-face encounters in years to come. How could we maintain the community’s emotional satisfaction in light of new-normal? Certainly, COVID-19 altered the art world throughout 2020, and it is time for a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat) analysis after the first year of pandemic.

Baseline Scenarios

The decline of face-to-face interaction, previously essential to art market transactions, has placed a strain on the community. In the absence of physical co-presence of the artworks, it is hard for the art world players to evaluate and appreciate the artworks, make new social bonds, develop trust, and share a sense of pleasure and collective effervescence. These challenges significantly impact the primary gallery market, where participants emphasize a collective commitment to art above instrumental speculation. We find a transition to distant online communication, but the likelihood of this continuing after the lockdown varies according to the market segments…


During the Covid-19 outbreak period, most countries forced to close down the museum for temporary, we suddenly realize that the crucial role of museums: a communal space for human- contact, self-reflection, and even hope. This global pandemic has exposed to us how interconnected the world is. We have also witnessed many violent outcomes due to the ethnic scapegoats, sealed borders, chauvinism, and authoritarianism, and that is what museums innately oppose. Often, museums are seen as an account for interdependence, multiculturalism, and exchange. The chaos has given the governments a chance to situate better the true essence of public culture, which…


《繪畫江戶》是由芬伯格(Feinberg)夫婦捐獻的江戶時期的繪畫作品,是哈佛美術館有史以來最大的一筆遺贈,也是該舘至今規模屬於最大的展覽。由此看來,該館藏的典藏質量極佳。身處疫情的當下,個人一時興起了對綫上 …


This article is interested in exploring what lies beyond the exhibition outside of the exhibition premise (building, space, and gallery). This paper is not framed in the context of off-site or public art but more inclined towards what a museum or institution curator could do without limiting their mission and vision within the physical wall of the exhibition only. Hence, we are here to investigate the role and the good examples of the “extension” where the exhibition takes place. We also look beyond the extension of an exhibition, which takes form in the open archive for the audience to access…


The very first intention of this paper is to respond to the incident where a group of Buddhist disciples entered the museum and offered alms to a Burmese Buddha statue display in the Asian Civilization Museum (ACM), Singapore, as part of “Cities and Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar exhibition.” This was a special exhibition of loans from the National Museums of Myanmar, ACM traveled spiritually potent Buddha images, in particular, a stone image in Dharmachakra Mudra from the Bagan Archaeological Museum which was said to have wish-fulfilling power. Out of respect, ACM organized a welcoming ceremony for all incoming loans…


Since twenty century, there is a discourse shift in political science and social science to associate nation as a body. In 2019, Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage as the first Asian nation to declare so constitutionally. Since the trans community is also part of LGBTQ+ in large, hence this paper is tempting in embodying Taiwan as a trans after learning its history evolvement and cultural baggage. Trans as following derives from Ren Yao (人 妖)in the Sinophone context and, by all means, not to demonize trans community but to make a point how it has been dehumanized in the past up…


The research question of this paper is to prompt the suitability and feasibility in holding an Asian Queer Art Biennale (hereafter AQAB) in Asia. The interest raised as since 2017, Taiwan has prepared and legalized same-sex marriage. Besides, the materialization of “Spectrosynthesis — Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now’ exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei, has explicitly focused on LGBTQ+ issues in the region. Nonetheless, this paper is not, by all means, to roll out a definite model and make it arguable to have one in Asia but to serve as a means in assessing how far…


Social Enterprise Approach in Revitalizing the City Heritage

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Kenneth Wong See Huat, Founder of People Ideas Culture 人思文

People Ideas Culture has started as sole proprietor since March 2017, focusing on cultural programming and place making. The very first oral history project was conducted through the initial communication with the residency association in Bangsar neighbourhood, within Kuala Lumpur. Bangsar is currently undergoing the untold rampant redevelopment, hence it is urgent to safeguarding the history and collective memory through the senior residents there to create more awareness about the redevelopment concern. There are totally four walks curated since April…

KENNETH WONG See Huat

Founder of People Ideas Culture 人思文,a social enterprise focusing on heritage tourism, place making, social artistry curatorship and CSR innovation 💡

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