The National Culture and Arts Foundation was founded in 1996 with the stated aim of creating a healthier environment in Taiwan for the development of culture and the arts. The NCAF also presents awards as part of its mission to seek to raise the bar for culture and the arts. The organization assists with the holding of art/cultural events, sponsors the work of arts/cultural organizations, awards grants to art/culture workers, and carries out the provisions of the Culture and Arts Reward Act.
Established in 1983 in response to a burgeoning modern art movement, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) is Taiwan’s first public art museum. Since its inception, the museum has shouldered its mission dedicated to the preservation, research, development and promotion of contemporary art in Taiwan. In addition to stewarding the near-century of Taiwan’s art history, the museum has also continued to be attentive to the development of contemporary art. To this end, the operational directive must have a grasp on the global perspective, construct regional contexts, nurture artistic talent, promote arts education in order to advance the development of the arts ecology to raise the cultural cultivation and artistic integrity of the people to attain a contemporary society with an aesthetical sense, creativity, and analytical ability.
Established on the century-old campus of the National Taipei University of Education, the Museum of National Taipei University of Education (MoNTUE) is located where the tranquility of a college campus meets the urban bustle. Ceiling window panes cover the side of the building facing the city street; the museum with its openness inspires an artistic dialogue between the school and the city. Since its inception in 2011, the museum has collaborated with several major international arts institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris, and The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts. Over the years, MoNTUE has become an engine of urban aesthetics, promoting art education and developing professional museum personnel.
The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (KMFA) is located in the Neiweipi Cultural Park, the northwestern corner of Kaohsiung city. Facing the diverse development of contemporary art and the changes brought on by the mode of cultural tourism, the museum is undergoing a transformative re-positioning and re-organization. Since its opening in 1994, the KMFA has incorporated creative elements of contemporary art, architecture, design and community development to expand the public’s horizon and introduce more opportunities for carrying out dialogues between Kaohsiung and the world.
The building of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei was completed and inaugurated in 1921. Originally, the building was “Kensei Shogakko,” or Jian Cheng Elementary School, for educating Japanese children during the Japanese ruled period. Apart from playing an important role in organizing international contemporary art exhibitions and focalizing the fruitful results of Taiwanese contemporary art, the museum has always hoped to reach the following three goals: 1. to promote diverse artistic creation and exhibitions; 2. to enable the public’s new perspective and thinking; 3. to offer the development of contemporary cities continuous creativity and energy.
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (KdMoFA), situated within the campus of Taipei National University of the Arts. It is the very first professional museum operated by a university of arts in Taiwan. Through curating expertise, Kuandu Residency Program, academic research, professional pedagogy, and mutual inspiration of creativity, KdMoFA is expected to be an inter-disciplinary realm of art, full of space and young energy, providing extraordinary interpretation of exhibition. At the same time it plays a vital role in art education and social education, connects international art community with exhibitions, and ultimately positions itself as a platform for the intercourse with the world via art.
Hong-Gah Museum was founded in 1999. With exhibitions, campaigns, inter-disciplinary performances, and so forth, the Museum provides an art appreciation venue of quality as well as sows seeds of art for the local community. Hong-Gah Museum has long been devoting itself to educational courses and lectures to promote aesthetic education in the community.On top of that, it serves as a platform for the showcase of contemporary art via regular themed events such as the biennale “Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition” and solo exhibitions of artists from home and abroad. Hong-Gah Museum expects itself to be the starting point of profound art cultivation, through the promotion of community culture,elevating the spiritual life of the public and ultimately demonstrating local community’s cultural landscape in warmth and of humanity.
Since 21 century, the expeditious globalizations have brought about such tremendous international political, economic, technological and cultural changes. As an island, Taiwan has experienced various extreme situations among those dynamics. In response to these changes, the Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art was founded by Professor Lu Ming-Te in 2006. As the first cross-disciplinary research institute in Taiwan, the three main developmental objectives are designed as follows: 1. the process, experience and aesthetics of Interdisciplinary Art Practice, 2. the competence and spirit of Cultural Activism, and 3. the knowledge and speculation for the Critical Research. All these are for the pursuits of a better way of peaceful coexistence between human and nature, and the mutual dialogues among diverse communities. Under the above three objectives, the four main fields of study we have developed are: “culture, curating and social practice”, “environment and activism”, “educational art” and “trans-medias art practice”. The students of the Institute come from a variety of professions and work domains. During their study, they are encouraged to target the issues of their concerns, bridge the gaps between their professions and other interested fields, and learn how to let art appear by way of communication and coordination.
The Graduate Institute of Trans-disciplinary Arts emphasizes cross-disciplinary dialogue and knowledge. Its curriculum is based on the ideas of “cross-disciplinary creativity” and “cultural production and exhibition curating ” for the development and integration of various projects and research. It is enabled by professional knowledgeand theoretical thinking in art creation, giving emphasis to developing a critical mindthat caters to the contemporary needs for cross-disciplinary arts talents.
Launched in 2016 at the National Taipei University of Education, the MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art (CCSCA) is a international graduate program that aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the diverse issues, contexts and practices of contemporary art and curating, with a focus on Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific. Given Taiwan’s central geographical location and growing importance as a vibrant and diverse cultural hub in Asia, CCSCA is well placed to develop and nurture critical understanding of the artistic and curatorial practices in East and Southeast Asia, as well as the Pacific region. With its practice-oriented, research-inspired approach to learning and teaching, the program aims to develop critical thinking, research and writing skills alongside theoretical and practical knowledge of contemporary art and curating across the diverse historical, social and political contexts of the region.
TheCube Project Space is an independent art space devoted to the research, production and presentation of contemporary art. Located in a 50-year old apartment building on a bustling alley next to a traditional market in south Taipei, TheCube has held its programs since opening in April 2010, including curatorial art projects, individual and collective works, public forums, screenings and publications. It is one of the few independent art spaces in Taipei that has the ability in organizing quality international exhibitions on a non-profit basis.
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