Large Collection Public Museums:

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Taipei Fine Arts Museum was the first modern art museum in Taiwan. It houses many works from international and local artists and hosts many international exhibitions. On a number of occasions in the past the Taipei Fine Arts Museum has had the opportunity to host the Taiwan Biennial and is currently hosting the internationally renowned event again this year.
The website includes a calendar of events such as gallery talks, seminars, exhibitions, and so on. There is a detailed link containing information on past, current, and future exhibition. The Taipei Biennials is currently in the spot light. The website gives good resources for students and teachers. They can brows specific events targeted towards their age group or media interests. In addition to education, researchers can explore useful links that include forums, bimonthly letters, and journals. Browsers are able to discover the museums highlighted collections on the museum’s website. The website is available in both English and Chinese. In addition to all of this information, the website includes many interesting videos about past and current exhibition, gallery talks, lectures, and symposiums.

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts


Located in Taichung City, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts opened in 1988. As Taiwan’s center for modern and contemporary art and holds many thematic exhibitions such as The Development of Taiwanese Art to bolster the promotion and growth of visual arts in Taiwan. In addition, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is active in international exchanges to introduce Taiwanese art to other cultures around the world.
The website navigates smoothly with links along the top of the page and addition links on the left. The links at the top include: Exhibitions, Collects, Education and Library. The Exhibitions link provides a good amount of information regarding past, present and future events. The Collections link allows browsers to perform searches within their catalogue. The Education link provides information on upcoming activities, lectures and films. Finally, the Library link provides the hours of the museum library with a brief introduction that includes an overview of the libraries collections, which includes, books, periodicals, electronic archives, multimedia material, and others. The side bar links is where the browser can find general information about the museum, such as information about the director, resources for teachers, and history. The website is available in both English and Chinese.

Taipei Palace Museum

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The National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan is the national museum of the Republic of China. NPM ranks as one of the four best museums in the world with the Louvre, the British Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This museum holds the world’s largest collection of Chinese artifacts and artworks, around 700,000 pieces, encompassing 8,000 years of Chinese history. How did Taiwan aquire these collections?
The NPM website offers information in both Chinese and English. It is full of images of the collections which have been digitally designed for an enriching viewing experience. For example, you can take a virtual tour. Under the Learning heading, you can access information about the library, activities album, and kids garden.
If visiting Taiwan and wishing to attend events at the museum, best times to visit are October and November, when climatic conditions are optimal, for special showings of 20 of the 60 rare and fragile artifacts which are temporarily placed on display.
Today, National Palace Museum director, Lin Mun-lee has a new focus for the museum. A new marketing strategy, called “Old is New” or “New Design for Generation Y” has been rolled out to attract more young people. Many digitized educational interactive attractions are offered, such as an ancient painting that becomes a digital postcard which can be mailed to friends. Lin’s sights are set on positioning the museum to pass along tradition and create new innovations.

Museum of Contemporary Art


The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei was founded in 2001 and is the first museum in Taiwan to be dedicated exclusively to Contemporary Art. The building that houses the museum was built in 1921, during the period of Japanese rule and was originally created to be used as an elementary school. The website features pictures of its beautiful facade. The museum website is an efficient source of information about the history of the building and has relevant information for visitors such as hours and days that it is open to the public. Exhibitions are featured in a coming, current and past section and offer several links, providing a well rounded introduction of what to expect when you visit. Current exhibitions include: Art Space Complex, Eyes of Memories, Art Supply, Engagingaging and Finding India – Art for the New Century.

Related Taiwanese artists suggested to consider:
Shy Gong

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (KMFA) is located in southern Taiwan, within the Neiweipi Cultural Park, which also includes a sculpture garden. The Neiweipi Culture Park is a multipurpose park where people can enjoy art, culture, leisure and ecology at the same time. The KMFA's goal is “localizing international art" and "globalizing local art." striving to promote international interchange and conducts fine arts activities. The museum has a large collection of paintings (128 works) by Liu Chin-jung. The museum exhibits a large collection of work from local Kaohsiung artists. There are solo and joint contemporary exhibitions in "Gallery for Citizens" and "Forum for Creativity in Art.

Past and current exhibits include:
Infinity of Chi: Retrospective of Hsiao Chin
Evolving Beyond the PastTaiwan Indigenous Artists Exhibition 2010
Related Taiwanese/Chinese artists to consider:
Hsiao Chin

Specialized Museums:

Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aboriginals

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The Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aboriginals was established in 1994, dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and preservation of Taiwan’s heritage. This website is an excellent place to browse to learn about activities which teach the native as well as non-native visitor about Taiwan’s diverse cultures. On exhibit are artifacts that have been well preserved from private collections. The exhibits are described as well as photographed in captions on the museum's website:
Exhibits allow the visitor to experience the living environment; traditional lifestyles; material culture; and social and religious beliefsof Taiwan’s indigenous tribes. Each spring and fall, the museum invites an individual, group or organization to hold exhibitions on issues of concern to indigenous peoples. Each winter, the museum partners with an indigenous village to showcase the village culture. The purpose of these special, personal exhibitions is to give indigenous people a voice in an urban setting.
The museum is well known for its educational programs. School field trips are a common event.

JUMING Museum, Taipei
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A museum in Taipei founded by, and dedicated to the works of, Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming. The Juming Museum houses a permanent collection of works by this well known artist as well as special exhibitions that feature other artists concentrating mainly on sculpture. The website contains useful historical and biographical information about the artist, current / future / past exhibitions, International exhibitions, permanent collection information and images, location / visitor information, and contactinformation. The site is available in English and Chinese. Students doing research on this artist are advised to contact the museum directly as the research link on the site is currently dead.

Past exhibitions have included:
Living World Series – Imprisonment : A retrospective of this important series by Ju Ming detailing his progression as an artist spanning the thirty years in its ongoing creation.
2010 Keywords Latent sculpture, Renting, Scenario : Twenty-two artworks by nine young artists explore contemporary issues in sculpture. Also included in the exhibit are lectures and collaboration with local university students.

Related Chinese / Taiwanese artists suggested to consider:
Lee Cher-fan, Chang Wan-chuan, Kuo Po-chuan, Yang San-Lang, Hung Jui-lin, Liao Chi-chun,

Children’s Art Museum in Taipei
Established in 2003, the CAMiT is a museum dedicated to displaying works of art created by children. The museum also advances art education through its DIY classroom program and teaches according to the educational philosophy of its founding director Chien-Ling Lin. The website features current / past exhibition documentation including many images of children’s art complete with the name and age of the child artist. While the website is available in Chinese and English, the names of the child artists are in Chinese only. The museum does not appear to have a permanent collection. Students doing research on children’s art should contact the museum directly.
Much of the art displayed on the website is watercolor and ink in styles reminiscent of the master artists Zhang Daqian, Huang Junbi, and Zhuang Zhe.