CULTURE
&
HERITAGE

NATIONAL TAIWAN MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Taiwan’s top fine arts museum has over 10,000 works straddling centuries, from 18th century ink-wash paintings to edgy digital installations. Some 30 exhibitions are mounted yearly – in galleries over three stories and a grassy park that serves as a dramatic backdrop for sculptures. Works by Taiwanese artists make up the permanent collection. Temporary exhibitions have included a retrospective of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, which flooded rooms with hallucinatory polka dots.

The modern-looking museum sits on a site occupied by the dormitories of the American army half a century ago. In fact, the area around Zhongxin Market across the road was a commercial hub catering to the Americans. A handful of art galleries, cafes and bookstores have moved into the now disused market. It’s worth a peek if you’re in the neighborhood.