The first building in Taiwan designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the Asia University Museum of Art, is set to open in the middle of next year, the museum’s chief curator said yesterday.
The museum, the first one designed by Ando on a university campus, will house works of art ranging from a bronze casting of French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker to creations by French artist Edgar Degas and local sculptors and artists, curator Su Yao-hua (蘇瑤華) said.
Ando will visit the university in Greater Taichung on Friday to see how the museum’s construction is coming along, Su said.
“Even though the Asia University Museum of Art is located on campus, it will be an art museum for the public,” Su said. “Though it is situated in Taichung, we hope it will be a museum for the world.”
Su said she hoped Taiwan could share its museum collections and its management expertise in the art sector with other countries in the future through international collaborations.
Construction on the three-story, triangular-structured museum began in January last year, Su said.
The works of Ando, who has won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, are known for their simple geometric shapes and for following the natural features of the landscape.
Meanwhile, an international forum featuring speakers from Taiwan, the US, the UK and Japan will be held in Taipei today and a workshop will be held in Greater Taichung on Wednesday to draw attention to the role of university museums, Su said.
The forum will address the new challenges faced by university museums, which emphasize research and education, and ways museums around the world address those challenges.