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Architectural Files of NTMoFA 4.0 (Review) Appreciation
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Exhibition Dates: 2019/10/19 ~ 2020/02/16
Place: 101 Gallery
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Exhibition Dates:2019/10/19 ~ 2020/02/16

Place:Gallery 101, Cloister, and the Building Facades near Bamboo Court 


Curator CHAO Hsin-Yi

In 1978, Taichung City Government approved the construction of Taiwan Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, building on the site of the Sixth Park an urban cultural fortress woven by culture, art, and nature. From Taiwan Provincial Museum of Fine Arts to National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the architecture and spaces have gone through various construction projects, including construction in 1988, re-construction in 2004, constructions of Art Bank and new storehouse from 2013 to 2015, and the ongoing constructions in 2019—construction of Children Art Education Center, addition of escalators, park landscape improvement, exhibition space renovation, and preparation of National Photography Museum, under the Leaping NTMoFA Project and the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program.

The four stages of the transformation of NTMoFA’s architecture answer to national development, social and temporal backgrounds, policies, and audience needs, producing diverse architectural forms and spatial vocabularies, just like a constantly evolving and growing life form. It is also a response to the urban declaration jointly published by Japanese architects in the 1960s, which applied the biological concept of metabolism to architecture, the modern architecture movement of “Metabolism” that emphasized “buildings that can constantly metabolize, regrow, and reassemble.” The past, present, and future of NTMoFA’s architecture will continue to go through metabolism for new lifecycles like an organism.

In terms of the temporal view of history, the contribution of NTMoFA 1.0’s architectural positioning to the promotion of cultural education was undeniable, and it also stimulated art activities in Central Taiwan, creating art blocks and art of living that fused with the green belt of the city. However, with large number of cultural and art exhibitions after its inauguration, the museum had insufficient exhibition facilities, and the main structure was also damaged during the 921 Earthquake. The museum then launched the NTMoFA 2.0 “Buffalo Project” to carry out large-scale reconstruction, changing the visitor route in the venue, adding bridges, and constructing Digiark and the sunken garden. Rich architectural vocabularies provided the museum diverse spatial functions. NTMoFA 3.0 added Art Bank, a platform for liquidity of art, introducing art into daily life through rental services; also during this stage, the new storehouse was completed after 12 years, making the museum Taiwan’s important site for the preservation and maintenance of artifacts.

Now, another upgrade, NTMoFA 4.0, reflects the current situation of Industry 4.0. Many major constructions are launched in this stage to respond to the needs of super-aged society, focus on aesthetic education, realize cultural equality, and optimize and improve the park area and exhibition space; NTMoFA has also assumed the great responsibilities of establishing National Photography Museum. All the constructions will be completed in the near future while the museum remains open to the public, which will bring unlimited dynamic energy and imaginations to NTMoFA 4.0, and respond to the technological impact of high degree automation and AI faced by men in the age of Industry 4.0. National art museums in the 21st century must constantly enhance interdisciplinary integration of digital technology to construct a site of living that combines tourism, leisure, and aesthetics.

Therefore, the architecture of the museum is a spatial carrier that holds the interactive relationship between “men” and “objects.” NTMoFA’s architecture has rich historical context and development, constantly going through the organic process of metabolism. This exhibition invites audience to be part of the Architectural Files of NTMoFA 4.0 during the construction period and explore the museum’s vision of becoming the nation’s cultural hub and mission of realizing the principle of cultural access, through historic documents, digital audio and video materials, and spatial education.

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