Launch of TFAM Expansion: Moving Beyond Imagination, Expanding Art Into the Unknown

After years of preparation, Taipei Fine Arts Museum has announced the launch of its two-phase expansion project Out of Bounds: TFAM Extension. In October, construction began on a new vault for collections. A call for architectural proposals will be made for a second museum building. It will open for submissions in January 2022. It was completed in 1983. Along with the new collection storage space and a second building it will slowly expand Taiwan’s contemporary arts scene.

The Museum is Taiwan’s first contemporary and modern art museum. It has been improving and reorganizing over the past 38 years to keep up with the ever-changing art world. The Museum’s collection and exhibition areas have needed to be expanded for the many decades of rapid growth that Taiwan’s vibrant and rich art community has experienced. The Museum’s collections contain more than 5,300 artworks and archives dating back to Taiwan’s modern period. They also include representative works from artists from Taiwan and around the world that reflect current topics. The Museum has less than 8% of its current space for collection storage, which makes it difficult to do professional conservation, restoration and research.

The museum has a large collection of artworks that were presented in Taiwan’s “Taiten”, “Futen” and other Taiwanese art exhibitions. However, the museum lacks space which makes permanent exhibitions impossible. The existing exhibition venues are not able to accommodate the growing trend towards international art and cultural advancement in Taipei. The Taipei City Government supported the Museum’s expansion plans to support Taiwanese arts in full dimensions. This goal has been achieved in recent years.

Rendering of the TFAM new building’s green roof. Image Courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Rendering of the TFAM new building’s green roof. Image Courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Rendering of the TFAM art complex. Image Courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum

The new collection vault, which will consist of two basement levels and be integrated with the existing collection storage area, will include the following: Each work will be kept safe and sound in its own area. The Museum’s new collection storage facility will promote conservation education and research, and help protect Taiwan’s cultural and artistic heritage. Ground floor of the new structure will provide space for museum operations and be in harmony with the Museum’s landscape design and architecture. It will also offer different rest areas for the general public. The integration of the new and existing collection storage areas will allow for more flexibility in the future expansion of the Museum’s entrance plaza to the south. This will provide a better visitor experience and give the Museum an even larger area.

Rendering of the green rest areas above the new collections vault. Image Courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Rendering of the green rest areas above the new collections vault. Image Courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Rendering of TFAM and the new collections vault (Aerial view). Image Courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Rendering of TFAM and the new collections vault (Aerial view). Image Courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Rendering of the Art Restoration Studio of the new collections vault. Image Courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Rendering of the Art Restoration Studio of the new collections vault. Image Courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum

A new underground exhibition building will be constructed in the second phase. It will be adjacent to the museum. Ground level will feature a park that combines art and nature, creating a new landmark in the city for art education and public recreation. The new building will respond to contemporary dynamics by including black boxes and other galleries. It will be fully equipped and ready for technological renewal. It will facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, systematic investigation, and the creation new art methods. A learning area with interactive capabilities will also be available. This space is intended to foster innovative arts and provide art education opportunities for the future. The main building will become a central hub for research into the history of Taiwanese arts. It will also house permanent and thematic exhibits of Taiwanese artworks that are historically significant.

From modernist architecture to invisible and subterranean buildings, from white cubes and black boxes to modernist architecture, TFAM Expansion subverts established ideas about building expansion. It also demonstrates the Museum’s pioneering, comprehensive approach to hybrid and unknown art. Taipei Fine Arts Museum hopes to attract professionals from many fields, explore new practices, build new methods, and collaborate with other art centers in Asia.