Attraction No. 181, Section 3, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10461 Published on: 14-12-2015
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Why Taipei Fine Arts Museum is special ?
The Taipei Fine Arts Museum officially opened in 1983. It was the nation’s first museum devoted primarily to the promotion and display of modern art, and over the years has held numerous international exhibitions. Beginning in 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 itself is a grand art of architecture, and the plaza in front of the Museum exhibits sculptures of masters. Taipei Fine Arts Museum aims on contemporary arts, also the largest contemporary art museum among Asia. It is an exhibition hall and an education venue as well.
What to explore at Taipei Fine Arts Museum?
The conception and construction of TFAM’s physical structure is uniquely creative and symbolic. It combines a rather unique architectural plan with a natural courtyard, thus corresponding quite favorably with the initial aims and features of the Museum’s original blueprint. The architecture is infused with elements borrowed from traditional Chinese architecture, which are presented via the structure of piled brackets in the form of suspended corridors, that, together, form a tubular-shaped composition. This tube-shape is identical to the Chinese character for ‘fountain’, hence fostering the museum’s analogue as a live source of culture.
How to get to Taipei Fine Arts Museum?
By MRT (Metro)
Walk through Yuanshan Park Area from MRT Yuanshan Station, then turn left to Sec. 3 on Zhongshan N. Road. The walk takes about ten minutes.
The following buses stop at the “Taipei Fine Arts Museum”:routes 21, 42, 203, 208, 218, 220, 247, 260, 277, 287, 279, 310, 612, 677, 1717, 2022, 9006, Red2, the Zhongshan MainLine.
Bus stop location: in front of the museum(to the north);and at the intersection of Yuanshan Park Area and Sec.3 Zhongshan N. Road.(to the south)
203, 277, 279, 612 sign only at the stop to the north.
Red2, 21and 220 are Low-Floor buses.
Head east on Zhongshan Highway toward Exit Yuanshan Interchange and merge onto Songjiang Rd., then turn right onto Minzu E. Rd.. Go straight on and turn right onto Zhongshan N. Rd. Sec.3, and you will see TFAM on your right-hand side after about a minute.
- Nice architecture and interesting contemporary
- Excellent modern art museum
- Taipei's home of contemporary art
- Super cheap, great displays
- Pleasant people, nice building
No. 181, Section 3, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10461
Tips for you
Really really great permanent exhibits. No guided tours for English but if you know who Jeff Wall and Matthew Barney is you'll appreciate this place.
The Taipei Fine Arts Museum is an easy 10-15 minute walk from the Yuanshan MRT stop, directly across the Taipei Expo Park. (You can see the top of the familiar white building from the MRT platform, and then you can walk towards it. You won't get lost.) There is a small entrance fee; as of June 2015 it is less than NTD 50. The exhibits often change, but there are 3 decent-sized floors of exhibits to see. The paintings/art are titled in Chinese and English and the introduction to each collection/exhibition is also printed in English/Chinese. There was no individual commentary on individual pieces within a collection; their absence was unfortunate as it would have added to my understanding of the art. (There is an audioguide available; I am not sure if it is in English.) A small gift shop has some nice items. This museum is right next to the Taipei Story House and you can see the Grand Hotel from here also.