Groundbreaking LGBTQ art show opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei

An LGBTQ art exhibition billed as the first of its kind in Asia opened in Taiwan on Saturday, just months after the island’s top court ruled in favour of gay marriage. A papercutting depicting two men having sex on a train and life-size charcoal sketches of naked homosexual couples embracing are among the artworks on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in the capital Taipei. An installation piece outside the museum invites the public to scratch messages on painted black blocks, revealed at night when colourful LED lights shine from within. Others explore darker themes, including a dreamlike video inspired by a murder case 16 years ago, when a man accidentally killed his partner while having sadomasochistic sex. Organisers say the exhibition — titled “Spectrosynthesis” — is the first show centred around LGBTQ issues to be held at an Asian government-run museum.