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Exhibition Review

TAIWAN

Subject of desire

The 1998 Taipei Biennial

Wen-rwei Hsu

CAI GUOQIANG, Advertising Castle, 1998, bamboo, plastic, wire, mixed media, dimensions variable.

The well-known Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang's Advertising Castle - an indoor-outdoor bamboo scaffolding plastered with large advertisements for fashion, securities and bonds, real estate, insurance, political campaigns, and drugs for male prowess - which covered the Taipei Fine Arts Museum's exterior during the 1998 Taipei Biennial, became a contentious issue between the museum and the city council. The latter accused Cai's work of breaching business codes, because some of…

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