A special architectural exhibition curated by Taiwan's leading heritage preservationist Li Chien-lang (李乾朗) will be held at Nanmen Park (南門園區) of the National Taiwan Museum from Dec. 15 through Feb. 21, 2016.
Titled "Deconstruction: Architectural Drawings of the National Taiwan Museum by Li Chien-lang (李乾朗),” the exhibition features Li's drawings that allow visitors to view and understand the National Taiwan Museum complex from various perspectives, such as "Perspective Drawing,” "Isometric Drawing,” "Cutaway Perspective,” "Exploded View,” and "Utopian Architecture.”
The National Taiwan Museum is the oldest museum to date in Taiwan, and the museum grounds now include the Land Bank Exhibition Hall (土銀展示館), the White Palace (小白宮), and the Red House (紅樓展示館) in Nanmen Park. A new addition, the former Railways Department (鐵道部), is currently under renovation.
Li, curator and creator of the drawings, noted that only the main pavilion was designed to be a museum while the rest of exhibition halls were originally historic monuments. The history of those exhibition halls spans from 1902 to 1933, and each one represents a different era of history.
Li added that in terms of architectural value, the National Taiwan Museum and Railways Department both embody unique aesthetic qualities while the Red House was a warehouse that stands testament to the nation's industrialization. Moreover, the White Palace is historically significant for using bricks from the Taipei City Walls (台北府城), which were built in 1884, whereas the Land Bank Exhibition Hall represents a fusion design of classic western and eastern architecture.
The opening ceremony was joined by Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (洪孟啟), scholars Tseng Yung-yi (曾永義) and Ma Yi-kung (馬以工), and prominent experts in related fields. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) also sent a letter of congratulations to support the exhibition for enriching the aesthetics and cultural knowledge of the public.
Director Chen Chi-ming (陳濟民) of the National Taiwan Museum noted that the historic monuments are given new life through usage as exhibition sites. The exhibition by Li will tell the centennial story of the National Taiwan Museum, and how cultural assets can be preserved through revitalization.
Architectural Drawings of NTM by Li Chien-lang