BACK TO THE ORIGINALITY OF ART
台北當代藝術館聚焦在「當代性」方面比臺灣其他各大美術館的任務輕快而慧頡，有帶領風騷的鮮明性格。基於這個定位，我們不斷往前求新求變的同時，也要不斷回到藝術的原初性，這就是「走在世界的前端 --- Walking in the front end of the world」，同時也要「禮失而求諸野 --- If the proper knowledge of rituals is lost, then look for it in the wilds」。 位於文化風潮中心的臺北都會，潮流變化很快，藝術難免成為符應前衛思潮的產物，與存在無關，於是我們必須覺察文化疲敝的時刻，如何找回野性，恢復生命力。
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA Taipei) has been focusing on “Contemporaneity”, so that its mission is lighter and more agile than other big museums in Taiwan, and has a vivid character of leading the trend. Based on this orientation, as we continuously in seeking the new and to change, we have to go back again and again to reach the originality of Art. This is so-called Walking in the front end of the world, at the same time, if the proper knowledge of rituals is lost, then look for it in the wilds. Located in the cultural center, current trends in the Taipei city change with high-speed and it is difficult for Art to escape from being a product which corresponds only with avant-garde trends and not for its sake. Therefore, we should become more aware of the moment when the culture is getting feeble, and we should know how to regain the wildness, to restore vitality.
CHANGE, TO ADJUST TO THE CITY'S STRONG CREATIVITY
Since its inauguration, MOCA Taipei had been managed and operated by the museum directors over the years and the diligent staffs. Thanks to their hard work, the innovation and modernity of MOCA Taipei are being able to run neck to neck with the world. In recent years, MOCA, Taipei’s activities in the communities have increased the viewing passion of the citizens and broadened their art horizons. Its contributions for integrating into the global community and building a platform for communication have earned much recognition from people in various fields. The architecture of MOCA, Taipei was built during the Japanese Colonial period and eventually became a City Hall administrative office. Similar to other historical site or alternative space which has been transformed into contemporary art museum in the big city, the structure possesses its own potential and limitation, and it may not be able to satisfy the ambition and the brute force of the contemporary artists nowadays; however, we can still enjoy its unique historical features and inexplicable interest. For these reasons, we start to think, how can we house the most contemporary exhibitions and program into this historical site? We could expand our physical space, juxtapose new and old architecture, or lengthen our link to the neighboring public space, cooperate with office buildings or cultural institutions, even more, we could move towards digital directions, and to broaden virtual space, so that we can correspond to the increasingly strong creativity of the city.
EXHIBITION HAVE NEW MEDIUM & NEW MODUS
Artworks and art appreciation are not only for a privileged few, they should be the cultural property of all citizens. Everyone can freely approach art according to their taste, and this is the social responsibility of MOCA, Taipei. These years in MOCA, Taipei, the number of visitors has been continuously increasing, and mostly of them are young generation. Correlation studies show that, the regionalism and the cultural life of the old city district nearby might be one of the reasons, but most important reason is the “contemporaneity” of the exhibitions. Through the new media and various forms of the artworks, the experience of viewing is close to our daily life but somehow beyond the reality so that the visitors can perceive a novel and powerful visual impact, and that is the charm of the contemporary art. However, we are fully aware that, no matter the trendy crowd on the internet or the art amateurs, they cannot be equated with each other. Besides, a better strategy would be needed for the people who cannot accept the avant-garde and controversy in contemporary art. Based on two above-mentioned questions, our responsibility is to strive for revealing the spirit of humanism in Art, no matter how audacious and extreme the artwork would be. Controversial and critical, fashionable and kitsch, the humanism connotation in the work should be clearly interpreted. Through Art, the citizen can enlarge the vision of human beings, understand the world and the appreciation and passion toward art of the citizen would be the deepest understanding of humanity and the biggest tolerance.
ART EXHIBITIONS CLOSE TO THE LIVING SPACES
Except the interpretation and expansion of humanism, we will continue our previous achievement, keep bringing art into urban and community space, with hospitality of Taiwanese people integrated. Taking an event, a story, or a history from neighboring communities, through young artists’ various techniques of expression to integrate into life, we can make the city more glamorous.