Major Exhibition at Taipei Music Center to Last Five Years | Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two major exhibitions in Taipei’s newest and largest concert hall, the Taipei Music Center (TMC), recently opened in Nangang District.

Designed by New York-based RUR Architecture DPC, TMC’s exterior appearance was inspired by the historic public space, Piazza Navona, in Rome.

The spaceship-like music center opened in 2020 and cost NT $ 6 billion (US $ 20 million). President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文哲), Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) all made an appearance at the opening ceremony of the last year.

Renowned singer and songwriter Kay Huang (黃韻玲) is the president of the center and aims to promote the space as the country’s first and largest venue to host music concerts and educational programs. The nine-acre music center includes a concert hall, culture cube, and creative center.

To celebrate the first anniversary of the center, a permanent exhibition and a special exhibition have been opened in the Cultural Cube. The permanent exhibition, titled “Music, Island, Stories: Pop Music in Taiwan”, was curated by rock stars. It offers a comprehensive overview of mandopop culture and the history of the Taiwanese music industry. It is expected to last until 2026.

The exhibition is divided into 12 sections and over three floors, focusing first on 1930s Taiwan when its first pop music was recorded. Through interactive installations, the exhibition presents 1,326 instruments and costumes on stage that mark important moments in the country’s pop music and film industries.

Organized by internationally renowned Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and contemporary artist Shiro Takatani, the exhibition “Is Your Time” centers on a broken piano that survived after an earthquake and tsunami that hit the region of Japan. Tohoku in 2011.

The exhibition has already been presented in Tokyo and Beijing. The artists converted the seismic data of the earthquake into music, giving visitors an immersive experience created by 14 speakers and an impressive light array. It started on September 18 and will last for three months.

Sakamoto said he was amazed by the force of nature and how she could turn an instrument into a simple object. The goal was to bring the dysfunctional piano to life with music, according to the website.

For more information or to book a tour online, visit the website.

“Music, Island, Stories: Pop Music in Taiwan.”

Major exhibition at Taipei Music Center to run for five years
“Music, Island, Stories: Pop Music in Taiwan.”

Major exhibition at Taipei Music Center to run for five years
“It’s your time.” (Photos from Taipei Music Center)

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