Rain Brings Rainbows: “Spectrosynthesis” at MOCA Taipei
By Brady Ng
Same-sex marriage isn’t legal in Taiwan yet, but it will be soon. The territory’s highest court has already ruled that denying gay couples matrimony is a violation of “the people’s freedom of marriage” and “the people’s right to equality.” With that note in mind, the Sunpride Foundation and Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA Taipei), collaborated to present an exhibition titled “Spectrosynthesis – Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now,” the first art show in Asia that tackles LGBTQ issues in a public art museum. Three years in the making and curated by Sean Hu, the show included some-50 artworks—mostly drawn from Sunpride founder Patrick Sun’s collection, with a few works on loan from other sources, such as the Taipei Fine Arts Museum—by 22 ethnically Chinese artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore, the United States and Canada. Though the exhibition opened as rains fell, one could not help but look ahead to the promised rainbows.