Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Taipei Fine Arts Museum (No.181, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei) – this museum first opened on December 1983 at the former site of the United States Taiwan Defense Command (USTDC, dissolved in 1979). It was the first purpose built museum in Taiwan to host modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Starting from 1998, it has been the site of the “Taipei Biennial” — a much anticipated event that attracts participation from artists throughout the world. If you love art, you’ll surely want to join in this cultural dialogue of the soul.
The museum’s unique architecture is a local adaption of the Japanese Metabolist Movement. The building’s shape resembles that of piled brackets in the form of suspended corridor which form a tubular-shaped composition. This tube-shape is identical to the Chinese written character for ‘fountain’, hence fostering the museum’s analogue as a live source of culture. At night, the artfully-lit museum becomes an eye-catching landmark.
Free admission. Hours: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (Tuesday-Friday and Sunday), 9:30 am – 8:30 pm (Saturday). Closed on Mondays.