Taipei Fine Arts Museum was Taiwan’s first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art. It was founded in 1983, and is now a part of what has become a bit of a cultural campus by Yuanshan Park, more technically at the end of the Fine Arts Park, both of which actually came about from when Taipei hosted the International Flora Expo back in 2010. Today, the parks are a popular public gathering space, with walkable gardens, event venues, shops, a farmer’s market, and of course, museums, including TFAM.
Taipei Fine Arts Museum was established to support the local contemporary art scene, and in a way, carve out a space for this scene to evolve and thrive. Similar to how the Pompidou picks up from where the Orsay and Louvre leave off, TFAM takes on everything after the National Palace Museum.
The museum itself features stark modern geometric architecture that takes cues from Chinese traditions. There are four floors, the exhibitions and galleries are on the first, second and third, and the ground floor is the children’s art center, bookstore and art library. Generally, the permanent collections are on the second floor, with the tentpole exhibitions on the first floor and smaller themed exhibitions on the third floor. The architecture lends itself to ample natural light and views of the park beyond. TFAM also serves as a venue and center for the local art scene, hosting a robust program of events throughout the year catering to industry people, art lovers and children. They also host the annual Taipei Art Awards and the Taipei Biennial every other year.
Go here for: an afternoon escape from the rain, special exhibitions
Amount of time to spend: about 2-3 hours, with some time to explore the park
When to come: any time, weekends are definitely busier than weekdays though
Getting here: take the red line to Yuanshan station, use exit 1 and walk through Yuanshan park, across to the Fine Arts park to the building at the end
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Last visited: July 2016
Last updated: February 2021