Updated on: October 4, 2017
In 1920, less than a year after the establishment of Jiancheng elementary school in Dating district, Taipei, Taiwan, Japanese architect Kondo Juro further expanded the architecture into a two storeyed wooden framed structure brick laid building creating a U shaped series of structure as opposed to its original standalone.
It was after a brief encounter with the Nationalist government of Taiwan and a temporary stint as the quarters of Taipei city government did the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)台北當代藝術館官 emerged in 2001 commissioned by the department of cultural affairs, which in the subsequent years, appointed the Taipei culture foundation to oversee every aspects of the museum management.
Under the sunlight, the museum looks like any other ordinary western influenced red brick tiled stone house with pure white window frames and porch, come night time, the museum comes alive and becomes a shining star under the moonlight. With the colorful lights beaming from within the museum windows, only can the stained glass artworks on the window panels be displayed in all its glory.
MOCA Taipei is a perfect example of contemporary art where technology and historical architecture in a combined effort attempts to promote the works of local artists and encourage international artistic exchanges. To further increase art appreciation knowledge of locals, besides organizing cross disciplinary forms of art, MOCA even took initiative to bring art to people by setting up art installations in various public places.
MOCA is a quaint and charming heritage site that allows for the promoting of arts scene which is definitely worthy of a visit.