StART Here: Explore Taipei's Creative Arts Scene
Taipei's art scene is a brightly colored canvas bursting with art hotspots, both small and large. Whether you’re the creative type looking for some inspiration or want to check out a different side of Taipei, why not include an art tour the next time you're in Taiwan’s capital? Not sure how to go about it? As always, we have you covered!
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Begin your exploration at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum where you'll first be struck by the museum's edgy, boxy exterior inspired by the 1960's Japanese Metabolist architecture movement. Inside you'll also find six stories of exhibitions and audio rooms, a library, and art classrooms.
In addition to an impressive permanent collection, a number of temporary exhibitions run concurrently for a month or so. You can therefore trust that whatever time of year you visit you'll be able to enjoy carefully curated exhibitions from renowned artists hailing from Taiwan and abroad.
Museum of Contemporary Art
When the Museum of Contemporary Art opened its doors as the first museum in Taiwan solely dedicated to contemporary art, it signalled a new wave in Taiwan's burgeoning modern art scene. In a country that now flourishes with modern art galleries, the Museum has remained an important fixture by consistently offering modern art lovers strong and vibrant talking points.
Although on the smaller side compared to contemporary art museum in other major cities, what the museum lacks in size, it more than supplements in quality. The museum primarily showcases mesmerising works of Taiwanese modern art; however, there has been an increasing effort to internationalise the space with exhibitions from influential foreign artists.
How does an afternoon of losing yourself in the thrill of weaving through narrow alleyways and hoisting yourself up staircases to encounter a cluster of artist galleries and studios sound? This is what your day will entail, should you make your way to the ever enchanting Treasure Hill Artist Village.
As an enclave of studios and exhibitions from residing artists, part of Treasure Hill's charm lies in that it's a "choose your own adventure" type of art experience - a far cry from the more regulated rules of art museums. Wander leisurely on a path of your choosing and discover graffiti walls and obscure statues. An open studio door means its open to the public, so feel free to pop in and take a peek around. If you're lucky, you might even catch an artist in action!
Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Having established itself as one of Taipei's premier creative hubs of hip art exhibits and cultural events, it may be surprising to discover that Huashan's grounds were abandoned for a decade and even slated for demolition before being salvaged in the nick of time. More intriguing still is that it was originally home to a winery, and later a tabacco factory as well.
As you make your way around the various galleries, design shops, chic restaurants and cultural spaces, you'll be able to find relics of its former life if you take a look at the industrial-style architecture and time-worn walls. The juxtaposition of past and present serves as a fascinating backdrop for the art and culture which abound within Huashan's confines.
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
A walk down the slightly eerie corridors at Songshan's exhibition hall may result in a missed turn or two, but that's all part of the fun of navigating around this large and bountiful complex. Like Huashan, Songshan is a former abandoned tobacco factory which now cultivates artistic, cultural, and creative exchange through exciting exhibitions, performances, interactive events, and arts education.
The hours will pass by all too easily as you survey the exteriors and interiors of the former tobacco warehouses and become enthralled by the rich assortment of exhibitions scattered throughout the grounds. Don’t forget to make time to check out the Taiwan Design Museum also on site to gain an insight into Taiwanese innovation and thinking.