The 1998 Taipei Biennial was the first international biennial held by Taipei Fine Arts Museum under the theme of 'Site of Desire', which reflects the contemporary urban culture in Northeast Asia. It was developed from the exhibition with the same name, but only with local artists, held in the competition format from 1992 at the same museum. Having Japanese curator Fumio Nanjo as the first commissioner from abroad, this exhibition featured 36 artists from those four regions including Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan, at where people 'share a similar fate as they face the onslaught of Western capitalism and culture in the process of modernization', (from the preface by the director Lin Munlee at the time) as well as characters, religions, customs and so on.

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Palimpsestus Urbanus

- Fumio NANJO, 南條史生

City of Desire: East Asia in the Fifth Wave of Globalization

- HSIAO H. H. Michael, 蕭新煌

In Praise of Asia

- KANG Sangjung, 강상중

On the Self-Referentiality of Disire: The Eclipse of Modern Capitalism and Romantic Love Ideology

- Hiroyuki YANAI, 矢內裕幸

1998 Taipei Biennial: Site of Desire
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1998 Taipei Biennial: Site of Desire, 1998 台北雙年展: 欲望場域