Ando Tadao＇s Asia University Art Museum will be Built in September The well-known Japanese architect, Ando Tadao, is about to design and build the first university art museum in the world for Asia University. On September 22, the construction will begin while Ando Tadao will also participate. The museum is expected to be completed in one year—at that time, this building will become the new landmark in central Taiwan. As time goes by, Taichung’s architecture has three different totems, each representing three stages of Taichung city. Dean of General Affairs Office, J. Y. Ju, explained: Taichung people in seeing the picture of two upright triangular pavilions would say the symbol represents the Taichung city when under Japan’s control and also the Sun-Moon Pavilion at Taichung Park. In seeing the picture of one upright flat triangle, people would immediate think of the Taichung City after recoveray, as well as the church designed by Ieoh Ming Pei at Tunghai University. Dean Ju emphasized that as Asia University Art Museum completes next year, Taichung people in seeing the picture of three triangles together would then comment that this building represents democratic Taiwan in 21st century, the Taichung City after upgrade, and one of Ando Tadao＇s remarkable work, Asia University Art Museum. According to Dean Ju, Asia University Art Museum pushes forward Taichung City’s revolution into the third stage: From the time controlled by Japan, to recovery, to democracy and internationalization. Vice President of Asia University, Ph. D. of architecture design at Harvard University, and founding professor of graduate school at architecture at National Chiao Tung University, Y. T. Liu, explains that Mr. Tadao focuses on the idea that buildings themselves have to harmonize with local natural environments. The three-floor Asia University Art Museum consists of three regular triangles, suggesting that a person cannot live by themselves alone. A triangle symbolizes nature, humans, and the things created by both humans and nature, each indispensible just like sunshine, air, and water. It is about the concept between architecture and environment. Liu believes such concept about internationalized art and beauty education Mr. Ando expresses is especially precious. Imagining that one year later, both faculties and students would be sitting in the museum to have a cup of coffee! Dean Ju mentions the picture-like campus at Asia University, Baroque dome at Administration Building, along with nearly 20 huge sculptures by Rodin and Arman from France, Professor Y. F. Yang from Taiwan, and other famous artists. Their works, such as “The Thinker,” “Eternal Spring,” “The Kiss,” “Poem of Victoria,” are now positioned around the campus and will be part of the treasures to be kept in Asia University Art Museum.
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