Founded in 1988, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is an attractive, spacious museum and is home to some of the world’s biggest collections of Taiwanese artistry, displaying exhibitions regularly. It also hosts visiting exhibitions of Chinese and Western art.
The building, which was only reopened in July 2004, got an extensive facelift in 1999 as it was massively destroyed by the September 21st earthquake. Included in the rebuilding are modern facilities including a comprehensive reference library, shops and restaurants. The central building is bordered by a huge park area that connects to the nearby Taichung Municipal Cultural Center.
The main objective of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is to educate and promote visual arts. It places deep emphasis on gathering the works of different Taiwanese artists and study unique characteristics of contemporary Taiwanese arts. Amongst its aims are to sort out a diverse range of visual art exhibitions, to promote enduring art exchanges with foreign institutions, to actively join in different international affairs, to encourage art education and to give the public a pleasing and versatile environment for viewing art.
Outside is the Museum’s courtyard that covers a total land area of 102,000 square meters, making this museum the biggest art venue in Asia. The main building consists of three storeys plus a basement with total floor area of 37,953 square meters. It covers an exhibition area of 15,601 square meters that comprises Galleries A to F, the E-transit, the art street and the DigiArk. The first two floors are dedicated to the themed exhibitions, while the third floor contains the permanent exhibition for the Museum’s collection and the outdoor courtyard for exhibition of exquisite sculptures.
With its glass-paned overpass, passing through from north to south will lead visitors from the outside the museum’s interior. It also separates the building into east and west zones. The eastern zone houses the temporary exhibitions and Education Center while the western zone comprises galleries A and B. The museum boast more than 10,000 items, showing great diversity of works made several centuries from Mind and Qing dynasties until the present day. Another recent addition besides photography lab and conservation facilities is the storage area that covers 2,775 square meters built to house the collection.
The library provides public assistance for research on museum studies, art and related subjects, with many of its resources in print and digital formats as well as online access. The Museum publishes a magazine, Journal of NTMFA, every three months, a literary journal and series of research-based journals. The Media Center located at the 2nd floor together with the Art workshop, contains 50 seats and showing some interesting docu-films daily. The museum also holds public forums to let filmmakers and movie enthusiasts exchange ideas during weekends.
The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts has several aims including provision of educational resources and learning activities, presentation of diversified and characteristic exhibitions, preservation of Taiwan’s art heritage and accumulation and dissemination of knowledge of arts-related fields just to name a few. The Museum is located at Sec. 2 WuQuan West Road and is open everyday, excluding Monday from 8:30am to 5pm.