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Who we are


Asia University founders Tsai Changhai

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 PAN Fan

∕ Education

Received a 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


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.



∕ 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.


∕ 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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 .


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


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).



The groundbreaking ceremony was held.


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

Final model and construction model


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


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


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


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


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


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”.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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

Design development


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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 】


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。