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Taichung Museum of Art officially begins operations, ushering in a new era for art development in Taichung

Lai I-hsin, Director of the Taichung Museum of Art
Lai I-hsin, Director of the Taichung Museum of Art

After extensive preparation over the years, the Taichung Museum of Art officially began operating on March 1, marking a new era in Taichung's art scene, with Lai I-hsin serving as its inaugural director. Additionally, the highly anticipated Taichung Green Museumbrary is projected to be completed and open to the public by the end of next year, heralding a world-class pioneering fusion of an art museum and a library in Taiwan.

The Taichung Green Museumbrary, designed by esteemed global architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, intertwines eight architectural structures to connect the Taichung Museum of Art and the Taichung Public Library. Nestled within the verdant Central Park of the Shuinan Economic and Trade Park, it earns the moniker “library within the park, museum within the forest.” Upon its completion, it will stand as the premier, state-of-the-art cultural hub in the Greater Taichung region, showcasing the rich artistic legacy of Taichung spanning a century. Moreover, bridging various domains like transportation, economy, and education will symbolize the city's stride towards modernization and internationalization.

The museum's exterior features a blend of glass curtain walls and metal grids, merging the architecture with the greenery of the ground to create an open space with mobility. Designed as a dedicated art museum, the Taichung Green Museumbrary includes areas for education promotion and temperature humidity chambers for its collections. With five large exhibition halls and a grand lobby soaring 26 meters high, it's poised to become a hotspot for visitors to capture photos and enjoy the stunning views of Central Park.

Lai I-hsin has assumed the role of director at the Taichung Museum of Art. With academic qualifications, including a Bachelor's degree in Media Arts from Royal Holloway, University of London, and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Visual Culture Studies from the University of Westminster, she brings expertise in contemporary art curation, visual culture research, art education promotion, and cultural events. Prior to joining the museum, Lai I-hsin successfully led the Chiayi Art Museum from its planning to operational phases, showcasing a wealth of academic and practical experience in arts administration. With a background as an independent curator, her appointment signals the Taichung Museum of Art's status as a new, vibrant, and creative art institution, poised to be responsive to global issues while staying rooted in Taichung's cultural landscape and keeping up with international trends.

The Taichung Museum of Art is expected to open to the public by the end of next year. Leading up to its official opening, a series of promotional events will be organized. Those interested in arts and culture are encouraged to follow the museum's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TaichungArtMuseum/) for the latest updates on events.

  • Data update: 2024-03-14
  • Publish Date: 2024-03-07
  • Source: Press Liaison Division, Information Bureau of Taichung City Government
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