Taiwan

Instagram Taipei

Introducing Taipei’s modern art scene, contemporary art space and Instagramic moments!

Today’s art-savvy social media power users may have a lot of (huh, snobbish) qualities. They love fashion (vain), read *literature* (not just books), appreciate old & exotic movies (that I might sleep through it), appreciate art (that I love), enjoy coffee culture, and post moody & Photoshop photos in social media… and so much more. While we are now all totally immersed in using social media, everyone is constantly in search of Instagramic moments – whether it’s food, street arts, or fashion…

The development of classical arts is actually very much established in Europe while world-class art museums are basically everywhere (I did pick out My Top 10 Classical Art Galleries (1) and (2) in my previous posts, but there’s so much more). Now, I am talking about the contemporary art scene in Asia, which is getting more and more vibrant these years. New art markets, creative parks, contemporary art museums and art galleries are popping up like mushrooms in many major cities of Asia (a.k.a Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing & even Bangkok.). The purpose of these projects was to establish a public platform for the cultural and creative industry. Taipei, for example, has rejuvenated several heritage sites and converted them into art villages and multi-purpose venues for art events and performances. With the support of local government and big conglomerates, local artists could have a place to showcase their work and products to a bigger crowd of audience. Better yet, these places usually create a LOT of Instagram-worthy moments that of course would attract many “trendy” travelers to visit. 🙂

Taipei Fine Arts Museum


Taipei fine Arts Museum, Taipei Story house and Maji Maji Taipei, together with a bundle of historical sites and park are located nearby the Yuanshan station area. Together they form a greenbelt along the Dajia River with lots of food, cultural and recreation. Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) is at the Taipei Expo Park and it was the first museum in Taiwan built for Contemporary Art Exhibitions. Until today the site is still hosting a number of important temporary art exhibitions; When I visited there, there was a temporary exhibition themed “A Space Andante”, while selected works from its collection were on display, exploring the concept of space in abstract art. The story began with the founder of Spatialism, Italian artist Lucio Fontana, who initiated a new type of art by slashing the canvas. While a canvas could have been a single-colored surface, it then became multi-dimensional with raw holes. Other artists like Arman, Hans (Jean) Arp, Gunther Uecker, Suda Yoshihiro, and Taiwanese artists like Lee Tsai-Chien, Dawn Chen-Ping, Chen Hui-Chiao were featured in the exhibition.

Taipei Fine Arts Museum: http://www.tfam.museum/?ddlLang=en-us

Maji-Maji, close by to the museum, is a trendy market with food and entertainment; it was great to grab a drink and snack after visiting the site!

Exploring "Space" @ the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. #art #museum #luciofontana

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Huashan 1914 Creative Park


Taipei Huashan1914 1

Huashan 1914 Creative Park was opened in 2005 and it is a charming reconstruction of the Taihoku Winery during Japanese rule. The main factory buildings and warehouses were kept but they are converted into boutique shops, restaurants, cultural movie theaters and exhibition spaces. Many mini-concerts and shows are held in the front yard of this multi-purpose park as well. Conveniently located in the city center, the park is within walking distance from Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station of the Taipei Metro. I visit there every time I am in town and there’s always something new and exciting going on. For example, I visited the Yayoi Kusama’s Pop-up Café 2 years ago, and when I was there a few months ago, the same space has turned into an interesting gift shop. (Read: Step into Kusama’s World)

Huashan 1914 Creative Park: https://www.huashan1914.com/w/huashan1914/index

Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei


Not a lot would come but I was impressed by the pollock sponsored art . Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei #mocataipei #taipei

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I wasn’t aware of the MOCATaipei (Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei) until I was nearby the Taipei Main Station in the Datong District the other day. Honestly, it is not a prestigious art museum compared with many others, but the museum was an elementary school, a historic landmark during Japanese rule in 1921. The museum showcased several contemporary art exhibitions when I was there, including Filipino artist Ronald Ventura, and Taiwan-born American artist Leigh Wen. I was impressed by Leigh’s works and narratives, especially paintings of flowers, waves, and landscape, as they had shown femininity through delicate lines and soft colors.

Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei: http://www.mocataipei.org.tw/

Not a lot would come but I was impressed by the pollock sponsored art . Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei #mocataipei #taipei

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Songshan Cultural and Creative Park


Taipei Songshan 1

Taipei Songshan 2Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is a new addition opened in 2011. It is a conversion from an old tobacco plant, constructed in 1937, during the Japanese rule. The purpose of the park is to establish a public platform for the cultural and creative industry. Co-opting with a local bookstore giant, Eslite, the site consists of a department store building (the design of the building is an opened book), Taiwan Design Museum, Taiwan Design Center (TDC), restaurant and boutique stores.

 

 

Songshan Cultural and Creative Park: http://www.songshanculturalpark.org/en/

Dadaocheng


Taipei Stroll @ dadaocheng – 大稻埕 #taiwan #taipei #picoftheday #oldtown #district #travel

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Maybe Dadaocheng is less popular and well-known than the Huashan and Songshan creative parks, but walking along the Dihua street gave me a 1920s old Shanghai vibe. It is a historic market street that was filled with old tea house, traditional gift shops, and historic buildings. Today, the area is rejuvenated by adding in design stores, coffee shops, mini-theatres, and studios. Drop by at the visitor center and check out the latest shows, arts and crafts workshop, or tea tasting and demonstration programs.

Dadaocheng Wharf: https://www.travel.taipei/en/attraction/details/426

Taipei Stroll @ dadaocheng – 大稻埕 #taiwan #taipei #picoftheday #oldtown #district #travel

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 Taipei DaDaocheng

What’s more?

For more Instagram-worthy moments, visit:

“Spot” Taipei – a cultural and movie center converted from former American Consulate in Taipei

Banqiao 435 Art zone – beautiful mosaic artwork on the wall of an underground walking tunnel

Nangang Metro Station – colorful wall paintings by local illustration artist Jimmy Liao

Taipei Banqiao 1

Banqiao’s wall mosaic

28 thoughts on “Instagram Taipei

  1. It’s refreshing to come across a post on Taiwan that’s not just about the food, as amazing as it always looks & sounds. Great to see that Taipei also seems to have a growing cultural scene, MOCA is definitely a place I would put on my itinerary.

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  2. I love the trend of old industrial sites being transformed into hubs of creativity. This is so much better than simply letting them decay into something seedy and scary. It’s also great to see art-savvy travelers are enjoying the the new show cases.

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  3. I think that anywhere has the potential to be instagrammable, and I love that your thoughts go deeper into the story behind places, and that you can see the genuine relevance of finding those corners for ourselves. We have never been to Taipei, but it sounds and looks extremely interesting!

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    • Thanks Rachel, and yeah it’s an amazing find because when it comes to Taipei, not everyone would think about MOCA immediately; but Huashan 1914 and Songshan art districts are quite popular. 🙂

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  4. I’m definitely starting to see a trend emerge of city’s embracing and promoting their arts scene as cultural travel becomes more trendy and instagram worthy moments become the focus of a holiday. Looks like there are some pretty great sites for this in Taipei!

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