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Who we are

 
 

Asia University founders Tsai Changhai
 
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Asia University founders Tsai Changhai, Lin Tsenglien and Board of Trustees established Taichung Healthcare and Management College in 2001. Within four years, it was upgraded as Asia Univeristy. Aware of the general scarcity of resources on school campuses in Taiwan and the relatively few chances for students to have contact with art works, Dr. Tsai hoped to influence students through the environment and give them the opportunity to accumulate aesthetic experiences to cultivate their characters.

On May 4, 2007, Dr. Tsai presented the project plan and officially invited Mr. Tadao Ando to design an art museum for Asia University. Therefore, the main purpose of inviting Tadao Ando to design the museum was to educate students and create the opportunity for them to have contact with art works from masters of international status.

In Sep. 2013, the museum was officially named Asia University Museum of Modern Art.


 




 


Director

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Director PAN Fan

∕ Education

Received a D.Litt.in Aesthetics and Art from Osaka University
Received a DEA Diploma in Art History from Université Paris Nanterre
Ph. D. Candidates in Art History of Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
  

∕ Present

Director of Asia University Museum of Modern Art
Professor of Center for General Education of Asia University

∕ Experience

Director of Tainan Art Museum
Associate Professor of Department of Cultural Assets and Reinvention, Fo Guang University
Associate Professor of Department of Fine Arts of National Taiwan Normal University, School of Fine Arts of Taipei National University of the Arts and Department of Fine Arts of Chinese Culture University
 
 


Architecture

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The main structure of the Asia Museum of Modern Art of Asia University is constructed with bare concrete and curtain walls. The interior is 1,244 ping and the surrounding area measures 6,000 ping.

Design by Architect Tadao Ando, the equilateral triangle is adopted as the basic element. Innumerous numbers of equilateral triangles are stacked up irregularly to form the three stories of the building. The atrium space created with the crisscrossing arrangement and outdoor terraces function as the sculpture display and outdoor café areas.

To cope with the conditions of being in a seismically active area, no vertical pillars are used. Behind the glass curtain wall are the V-shaped columns that are used for compression in most places, and for tension where the top floor of the museum is extended and cantilevered to form a shelter for the entrance plaza below.

The exterior of this avant-garde and challenging architectural design is low-key peaceful and pure, while the interior is precise and calm. It is the intention of Tadao Ando to allow people, art and nature to meet and have dialog here.
 
 


Timeline

Launch

∕ 2013.10.24

was partaken by more than 750 distinguished guests from local and abroad, including Taiwan President Ying-jeou Ma, Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu, Ms. Chiung-wei Wu Lin (wife of Mr. Lin, late co-founder of the Asia University), President of the Asia University Jing-Pha Tsai, and Director of the Museum Yu-tung Liu, in the presence of founder Mr. Chang-hai Tsai and Mr. Tadao Ando.
 

∕ 2013.10.23

The Asia University invited Mr. Tadao Ando to speak at the Museum Opening Speech hosted in The Grand Hotel in Taipei. The topic of his speech was: “The Opening of Asia University Museum of Art”.

Test operation

∕ 2013.09.28

Test operation kicked off: Sleepover—A Night at the Museum.

Construction completion

∕ 2013.09.04

The Museum was formally named Asia Museum of Modern Art (Asia Modernfor short) in view of its short-, medium- and long-term collections and exhibition plan.

Inspection and acception

∕ 2013.07.31

The inspection and acceptance was completed.
 

∕ 2013.06.09

The second level floor and the third level floor were all redone.
 

∕ 2013.06.08

The Asia University granted its first honorary doctorate degree to professor Charles H. S. Kao, founder of Commonwealth Publishing Group in the 99.9% completed Museum lobby.
 

∕ 2013.06.06

Artech Architects, founded by Kris Yao, brought the spirit of Construction Site Exhibition back from Taichung and organized a Practical Construction Workshop, sharing the construction and supervision processes with the public.
 

∕ 2013.05.27

Founder Mr. Tsai invited consultant to the Museum Mr. Ni to assist in preparing the inauguration of the Museum, former Secretary General of Taiwan Art Gallery Association Ting-yi Chu to serve as deputy director of the Museum, and Wan-ping Ni who had extensive experience in arts management to serve as head of the operations center.
 

∕ 2013.05.17

When conducting the final inspection and acceptance, Mr. Miura commented the concrete floors were not satisfactory. To obtain the best quality, Founder Mr. Tsai decided toredo the floors.
 

∕ 2013.03.29

Tsai-chin Ni, consultant to the Museum, connected Vice President Mr. Liu to important leaders of fine arts organizations and curators in Beijing:internationally renowned curator Mr. Xian-ting Li, Professor Qing-sheng Zhu at Peking University, President of China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Gong-kai Pan and Curator of CAFA Art Museum Huang-sheng Wang, and Director of National Art Museum of China Di-an Fan
 

∕ 2013.01-15

The 100thconstruction-site meeting was held.
 

∕ 2013.01-15

Taichung City Mayor Jason Huassisted the Museum to develop an international exchange program with the world’s major museums includingLouvre Museum, the British Museum, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.

主體完工

∕ 2012.11.23

The main part of the building was completed. Mr. Ando completed the inspection and affirmed that the construction was high quality, close to first class.
 

∕ 2012.11.20-21

The Asia University organized the 2012 University Museums Symposium on Global Collaboration in which directors of museums/arts centers from six universities, i.e. Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Oxford University, University of Tokyo, and Asia University, gathering in Taiwan and visiting the Museum construction site.
 

2012.07.20

Vice President Yu-tung Liu visited the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and Museum Director Paul Smith agreed to attend the 2012 University Museums Symposium on Global Collaboration.
 

2012.07.18

Vice President Yu-tung Liu visited the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, and Museum Director James C.S. Lin agreed to attend the 2012 University Museums Symposium on Global Collaboration.
 

2012.06.14

Vice President Yu-tung Liu visited the University Museum at the University of Tokyo, and Museum Director Yoshiaki Nishino agreed to attend the 2012 University Museums Symposium on Global Collaboration.
 

2012.05.30

President Jing-Pha Tsai visited theCantorCenter for Visual Arts atStanfordUniversity, and Connie Wolf, Director of the CantorCenter, agreed to attend the 2012 University Museums Symposium on Global Collaboration.
 

2011.12.20-2012.01-20

A daily construction meeting was held every day for 30 days.
 

2012.01.06

The Chang-hai Tsai Education Foundation sponsored the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth Construction Site Exhibition.
 

2011.12.03

The Chang-hai Tsai Education Foundation sponsored the seventh, eighth, and ninth Construction Site Exhibition.
 

2011.11.26

The Chang-hai Tsai Education Foundation sponsored the fourth, fifth, and sixth Construction Site Exhibition.
 

2011.11.09

Vice President Yu-tung Liu visited theCarpenterCenter for the Visual Arts atHarvardUniversity, and David Rodowick, Director of theCarpenterCenter agreed to attend the 2012 University Museums Symposium on Global Collaboration organized by the AsiaUniversity.
 

2011.10.18

Founder Mr. Tsai invited fine art heavyweight Mr. Kuang-nan Huang, former director of several major national museums in Taiwan and former president of National Taiwan University of Arts, to serve as Chief Advisor, and former Director of Taipei Artist Village Yao-hua Su as Deputy Director of the Museum.
 

2011.10.15

Sponsored by the Chang-hai Tsai Education Foundation, the Asia University supervised and Eslite Bookstore organized the first, second, and third Construction Site Exhibition.
 

2011.10.11

The construction was suspended for 2 months for upgrading constant temperature and humidity system and gas fire suppression system in all exhibit rooms to European construction standards like the Picasso Foundation’s .
 

2011.07.02

The 1:1 two-story mock-up passed all requirements.
 

2011.05.05

The first Consultative Meeting on Museum’s Development and Operations was convened with participants including Kuang-nan Huang (former Director of Taipei Fine Arts Museum, former Director of National Museum of History, President of National Taiwan University of Arts, Minister of the Executive Yuan), Tsai-chin Ni (former Director of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Professor of Fine Arts at Tunghai University, Chairman of Shyi Der-Jinn Foundation), Man-li Lin (former Director of National Palace Museum, Director of Taipei Fine Arts Museum),Mao-lin Shih (former Minister of Justice) who has a profound understanding of arts, and Cheng-kuang Ho (President of Artist Magazine).

Start

2011.01.24

The groundbreaking ceremony was held.
 

2011.01.02

The project formally kicked off and the construction site was ready to break the ground.

Final model and construction model

2010.12.22-25

The Taiwan-Japan joint team met in Osaka, discussing construction specifications and execution strategies for meeting the “Osaka standards”.
 

2010.10.29

The third tender: A Taiwan-Japan joint team passed the “Osaka standards” requirements in the committee’s first and second evaluation rounds.
 

2010.10.18

A note from Mr. Miura was received: Mr. Ando managed to invite six fair-faced concrete specialists from Ishida Construction Company, Japan, to join the project
 

2010.03.31

Five Taiwanese construction companies and five Japanese construction companies rejected the University’s invitation to construction.
 

2010.03.17

The second tender: The construction committee required mock-ups in order to understand tenderers’ ability to meet the “Osaka standards”. Three tenderers all failed.
 

2009.12.23

The first tender: To ensure the world’s highest fair-faced concrete construction standards set by Ando for the past five decades, Mr. Ando sent his second-in-charge Mr. Fumihiko Iwama to join the tender committee. The committee members reviewed 6 construction works in Taichung,Kaohsiung, and Taipei, and found three tenderers unable to meet the “Osaka standards”.
 

2009.09.25

On the eve of the groundbreaking ceremony, Mr. Ando sent a letter indicating he wouldn’t make the trip toTaiwan for the coming year because of his illness and surgery. The groundbreaking ceremony had to be delayed.
 

2009.04.05

Mr. Ando, founder Mr. Tsai, and Ms. Chia-chi Lin (member of the Board of Trustees) went to Artech Architects’ office in Taipei for a construction drawings meeting.
 

2009.02.18-21

The Tadao Ando Architect & Associates and the AsiaUniversity co-organized “2009 Travel with Tadao Ando”.
 

2008.12.22

Mr. Ando presenting himself at the press conference in Taiwan on announcement for his design concept for the Museum was selected as one of the Top Ten Visual Arts News inTaiwan in 2008.

Detailed design documents

2008.11.25

Mr. Miura and delegates from Artech Architects briefed design details with fonder Mr. Tsai and the Board of Trustees.
 

2008.07.22

Mr. Miura and delegates from Artech Architects discussed design detailswith founder Mr. Tsai and the Board of Trustees.
 

2008.04.21

The AsiaUniversity and the Taichung City Government co-organized the Tadao Ando Lecture at theAsiaUniversity attracting an audience of 5,000 people.

Design development

2008.04.21

Mr. Ando and Architect Kris Yaopresented Founder Mr. Tsai, the Board of Trustees, teachers and students with their final design in scale drawings and models.
 

2008.03.03-06

The Tadao Ando Architect & Associates and the Asia University co-organized “2008 Travel with Tadao Ando” attracting 200 participants.
 

2008.01.10

Mr. Ando spoke on the AsiaUniversitycampus at a forum and guided teachers and students through the construction site and his triangle design concept.

Schematic design

2008.01.09

Mr. Ando presented himself at the press conference in Taipei on announcement for his triangle design concept—equilibrium among the environment, architecture, and human beings.
 

2007.12.28

The AsiaUniversity purchased Rodin’sThe Thinker as the highlight object of the Museum collection.
 

2007.12.22

Representatives of the AsiaUniversityand Taiwan-based Artech Architects (founded by Kris Yao) went to Mr. Ando’s Osaka Office for initial design scheme discussion
 

2007.10.25

Mr. Ando sent Mr. Tomonori Miura and other delegates to visit the construction site in Taichung.
 

2007.08.07

Founder Mr. Tsai visited Mr. Ando’s famous works, including the Church of the Light.
 

2007.08.06

Mr. Ando accepted the request and invited Mr. Tsai and his team to the Tadao Ando Architect & Associates office in Osaka for discussion about architectural design.
 

2007.06.09

Founder Mr. Tsai waited for nearly 6 hours at the Taipei Arena for Mr. Ando’s 1 minute of free time (after his speech to thirteen thousand people) to personally request his favor.
 

2007.05.04

Founder Mr. Tsai waited for nearly 6 hours at the Taipei Arena for Mr. Ando’s 1 minute of free time (after his speech to thirteen thousand people) to personally request his favor.
 


【Architectural Exhibition of Ando Tadao 】

展覽主旨:
亞洲現代美術館為日本知名建築師安藤忠雄在台灣至今唯一落成的建築作品,安藤忠雄擅長將原本厚重,表面粗糙的清水混凝土,轉化成一種細膩精緻、近乎均質的質感的紋理。走在美術館中,將可充分感受自然光引入建築體的平靜與和諧。無論駐足館內的任一角落,光的影子閱讀出空間疏密的分佈層次,將充分感受自然與建築既對立又並存的節奏。

建築師介紹:
安藤忠雄出生於1941年,生涯甚有傳奇性。他在成為建築師前,曾當過職業拳擊手,其後在沒有經過正統訓練下成為專業的建築師。 在大阪府力城東工業高校畢業後,前往世界各地旅行,並自學建築。1969年創立安藤忠雄建築研究所,並於1976年完成位於大阪府的住吉長屋。 住吉長屋為兩層高的混凝土住宅,其獨特的設計風格,獲得日本建築學會賞識。1980年代參與關西周邊地區(神戶北野、大阪心齋橋)的商業建築設計;1990年代以後,參與公共建築、美術館建築等大型計劃。接連發表了以清水混凝土建造的住宅和商業建築,引起風潮和討論,名聲也開始快速累積。從博物館、娛樂設施、宗教設施、辦公室等,作品的領域寬廣,通常都是大型規模的建築。1995年安藤忠雄獲得建築界最高榮譽普立茲獎,他把10萬美元獎金捐贈予1995年神戶大地震後的孤兒。

創作精神:
【追求純粹的審美觀】
安藤忠雄的作品中,除了早期一些面磚時期的作品之外,其他全部都是以清水混凝土來表現的作品。而清水混凝土也成為安藤忠雄個人特有的建築風格。安藤忠雄把原先厚重、表面粗糙的清水混凝土,轉化成一種細膩精緻的紋理並以日本人的審美感覺來呈現。這種精準、純粹的特性,正符合日本人追求完美的特性。在安藤的作品中,清水混凝土以一種綿密、近乎均質的質感來呈現。

【安藤建築三要素】
第一要素是可靠的「材料」,就是真材實料。這真材實料可以是如純粹樸實的水泥,或未刷漆的木頭等物質。
第二因素是正宗完全的「幾何」形式。這種形式為建築提供基礎和框架,使建築展現於世人面前;它可能是一個主觀設想的物體,也常常是一個三度空間結構的物體。
當幾何圖形在建築中運用時,建築形體在整個自然中的地位就可很清楚地跳脫界定,自然和幾何產生互動。幾何形體構成了整體的框架,也成為周圍環境景色的屏幕,人們在上面行走、停留、不預期的邂逅,甚至可以和光的表達有密切的聯繫。藉由光的影子閱讀出空間疏密的分布層次,經過這樣的處理,自然與建築既對立並存。
最後一個因素是「自然」;在這兒所指的自然並非是原始的自然,而是人所安排過的一種無序的自然或從自然中概括而來的序的自然。
安藤所謂的自然,並非泛指植栽化的概念,而是指被人工化的自然,或者說是建築化的自然。他認為植栽只不過是對現實的一種美化方式,僅以造園及其中植物之季節變化作為象徵的手段極為粗糙。抽象化的光、水、風。這樣的自然是由素材與以幾何為基礎的建築體同時被導入所共同呈現。

各樓層建築介紹:

建築開場白
這座由日本建築大師安藤忠雄所設計的美術館,從設計到完工,總共花費將近6年的時間,在2013年的10月24日正式開幕,這是安藤忠雄在台灣的第一號建築作品。在設計概念上,安藤先生試圖創作一棟『環境美術館』,以藝術和設計為主題,並且將有著戶外雕刻點綴的校園融入其中。讓藝術館本身也成為充滿藝術氣息的校園地景。安藤先生試圖構築出一個得以重回事物原點進行深刻思考的場所。於是便以正三角形這個原始的幾何型態作為本館建築造型上的基本邏輯。

在您進入本館前,首先可以看見作為入口開放空間的正三角形廣場,抬頭向上望,就可以發現一個巨大的遮簷與戶外平台。這是安藤先生巧妙地將本館正三角形的建築量體分割成三層,再加以錯位重組的結果,因而得以從單純的幾何型態組合中,演化出多層次而具雕塑性格的空間。此外,您可以看見建築立面上V行柱,不僅非常具有視覺特徵,同時也能夠抵擋地震橫向受力與垂直荷重力。除了再次強化正三角形的造型美學意象之外,也能夠滿足結構行為上的需求。

1F大廳
當您進入建築本體時,可以發現作為玄關的正三角形風除室,往左走就會進入美術館的商店與咖啡廳,從地板到天花板及照明系統都延續了正三角形的主題;從右側則能夠進入美術館的大廳。就連服務台也是正三角形,美術館大廳的正前方是一個能夠容納106人的三角形講堂(安藤講堂),有別於安藤大師最膾炙人口的清水混凝土,這裡轉而用比較有溫度的木材來妝點內部。安藤認為混凝土是代表20世紀的材料。一來混凝土能夠表現建築的純粹性,二來則是希望用最普遍的材料創造出最獨特的建築。清水混凝土在安藤的嘗試下展現出纖細而綿密的質感,造就了安藤建築蘊含著日本傳統美學中那份難以言喻的禪意與寂靜無我的境界。

2F
位於一樓大廳挑空處的樓梯上到二樓的展覽空間廊道,您可以享受隔著玻璃帷幕窗外自然綠意的景觀。這樣的動作回應了日本傳統建築中與自然同居的那份感性的執著。沿著廊道走,進到垂直動線的樓梯,來到往三樓的中央核心位置時,除了可以發現這個主題展示室延續了正三角形的美學外,真正震懾人心、感動靈魂的是從樓梯上頭挑空處頂端的三角形開口所灑進室內的光。那不僅是安藤當年前往羅馬萬神殿朝聖的記憶,在日後讓這個朝天開口的設計成為她招牌建築手法,也開啟了一扇與神對話的天窗。在那光的沐浴下,建築本身也感染了神性,而與人所創造的藝術共同閃耀著光輝。

2F-3F
平面空間最精彩的部分莫過於三角形主題在室內外的連續性,在三個大正三角形的系統之中,還收納了做為虛空間與實空間的小正三角形,成為一種子母空間系統。尤其是中央所留設垂直向上,貫穿二、三樓具有層次性的露天三角形中庭,錨定住相互推疊的三角環狀量體,呈現出三角形體虛實並置的風景;配置上的位移與空隙,也創造出環繞主要空間的迴廊。藉由這些迴廊與戶外空間的雕刻展示平台的組合,可以使人們漫步穿梭於螺旋狀重疊組構的三角迴廊之間,發現藝術與人與大自然在此相遇,並在這裡產生精彩生動的對話。