The new art collection vault of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, which took 12 years to complete, was inaugurated on Dec. 13.
Established in 1988, the NTMOFA has been showcasing artworks by Taiwan's representative artists and collecting related memorabilia in a systematic manner.
To preserve the burgeoning collection, the Taichung-based museum started the plan to enlarge its storage space in 2003. The newly built storage occupying 11,187 square meters is by far the most well-established one in Taiwan.
The new facilities provide special archive rooms that are vibration-proof, low-temperature rooms, low-temperature bug-proof rooms, restoration rooms, photography rooms, film and audiovisual rooms, and study rooms, all of which offer the function to independently control temperature and humidity.
Systems of inert gas, safety management, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) are also built in for locating collections and managing staff members and archives. The project came with a price tag ofNT$602 million (US$18 million).
To celebrate the inauguration, a special exhibition will be held inside the new storage space from Dec. 15 through March 13, 2016. More information on the three-month exhibition can be found here.