The new art collection vault of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, which took 12 years to complete, was inaugurated on Dec. 13. Occupying 11,187 square meters, the project came with a price tag of NT$602 million (US$18 million).
The Bureau of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and the Ironbridge International Institute of the University of Birmingham have established a partnership based on cultural heritage collaboration.
As readers look to prominent media outlets for their top selection of the year, critics from The New York Times have placed director Hou Hsiao-hsien and artist Lee Mingwei on their best of culture lists in 2015.
For those interested in the contemporary evolution of local craftsmanship, a special exhibition showcasing recent Taiwanese crafts that have seized international awards will run in Taipei from Dec. 19 through Feb. 28, 2016.
“Deconstruction” by heritage preservationist Li Chien-lang is an exhibition of architectural drawings featuring the National Taiwan Museum and its affiliated exhibition halls, whose collective history spans a full century.
The eminent calligrapher-painter produces works that are dignified, gentle, plain, and colored by a stylistic sense of blunt crudeness. The seemingly coarse presentation contains genuine spirituality and primitive emotions unblemished by embellishments.
Li, one of the most influential heritage preservationists in Taiwan, believes that monuments tell stories, and he hopes the public will care more for traditional structures after learning of the story housed within each monument.