Museum of Contemporary Arts, Taipei

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Museum of Contemporary Arts, Taipei

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Taipei
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
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Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
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Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,689 contributions
MOCA is a surprise packet
Oct 2020
The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Taipei (MOCA) is housed in a building dating from the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945). It was later the headquarters of the Taipei City Government. Contemporary art often involves installations and paintings that may seem odd.
Written 28 December 2020
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LukeUK_12
Manchester, UK512 contributions
Beautiful place
Jan 2020
First off, the building in itself is a fantastic place to visit. I found the collection interesting and surprising, especially the exhibit on Hong Kong activism (back in January, when the tension was high). Inside, the space is large and it feels very natural to make your way through the different exhibits. I also received a free piece of cake in the lovely café!
Written 6 December 2020
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Breeze
740 contributions
The building is more attractive than the exhibition
Oct 2020
Not too much to see and maybe it is "contemporary art," I've no talent to appreciate it. The internal decoration is kinda of shabby and advised to be repaired. I would like to say the entire architecture and this historical building is more attractive than the exhibitions.

This building is very lateral symmetry and the bricks are very pretty. If standing in front of this museum, the weather is good, it really makes your day!

Spending one hour for the building appreciation, for the exhibition, I'll say, just take a quick glance.
Written 28 October 2020
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia371 contributions
New art in old skin
Aug 2020
The Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA), Taipei fills a gap in Taipei's artistic offering. It's more contemporary than modern. The Museum has a number of intallations, varying from time to time. The building dates from the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945). Following Retrocession, it housed the Tapei City Goverment. It later housed MOCA. There are free audio guides and group tours. MOCA is closed on Monday. Best access is by MRT, Zhongshan Station, Red or Green Lines
Written 29 September 2020
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CdnLovesTravel787
Vancouver, Canada2,931 contributions
Museum a massive disappointment
Feb 2020
MOCA building was built by the Japanese in 1921 during their rule from 1895 to 1945. It was later designated as a historical building and reopened as MOCA in 2001. The building features Corinthian columns at the front.

There is always a theme at this gallery, and this time it was nihilism which means total rejection of established laws and institutions; the belief that life is meaningless: an exhibition of nihilistic art- a complete oxymoron.

In the past the museum featured fabulous sculptures and artists from around the world and I always enjoyed coming here. This time the exhibit was extremely depressing and diametrically opposite to my own view of life. I was so happy to leave.

Most of the rooms you entered, had black fabric for doors which you pushed aside to get in. Inside the little rooms there was a bench for you to sit and watch a seemingly meaningless video. Some rooms had earphones to explain things but I wasn’t interested as the images were not interesting at all.

It seemed to me that all exhibits were a cheap way to pretend about something that really wasn't there nor meaningful. I remember 6 years ago how great it was to feature famous artists from around the world. I felt as if I had wasted my entire time that day, looking to find the museum first, then spending what time I had there. The only interesting thing was the video of the history of MOCA ground level.
Written 14 May 2020
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Jianing Sim
Singapore, Singapore108 contributions
Artistic & creative
Dec 2019 • Friends
A great place to visit if you would like an artistic touch to your trip in taipei (other than the usual eating/drinking/shopping/trekking!!
When we went, it was a disaster based exhibition and it took us around 2-3h to complete the entire exhibition - interesting exhibits and areas with audio/ videos documentaries. Great place to get some inspiration. Would recommend to visit on a weekday as there wasnt a lot of people and we got to take our time to explore the place
Written 12 March 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,689 contributions
Contemporary art can be entertaining
Feb 2020
After a lot of searching, I found the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA) in Chang An Road West. It is located in the old Taipei City Government building. As they were setting up for a new show, there was no entry charge. What I saw was very pleasant. There's always a bit of friction between modern and contemporary art, but this gallery is well worth a visit. Best access is by the MRT.
Written 11 February 2020
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,288 contributions
Nice inexpensive Museum
Dec 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art had a reasonable admission charge so I took a look despite limited explanations in English. There wasn’t any permanent exhibitions and two temporary ones were on display. One was on display outside in the public area. The one in the paid area about the recent conflict in Hong Kong took up most of the inside space. Other than some political flyers and posters, there wasn’t much English explanation available and one had to be pretty knowledgeable about the conflict to fully appreciate most of the pieces.
Written 6 January 2020
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,075 contributions
😲⚡🔌shock🔌⚡😲
Dec 2019 • Solo
I did something here that I never did at any other museum I've ever visited: I took notes. As I was leaving, I told this to one of the girls at the front desk, and she asked me why. My answer was shock. Probably not that severe - disturbed might have been a better answer. The most accurate answer is probably unknown to me right now. My notes took the form of a list; here are some - some with afterthoughts:

⚡Liberation of California/Earl Turner Film Diaries - Probably spent the most time watching this film. Some kind of dark right-wing story about California separating from the rest of the country. If this film was made by an artist to depict the danger of right-wing thought, I think it does more harm than good. I can see those animals adopting it as some kind of inspiration. ⚡Fukushima ⚡Nuclear Weapons ⚡Hong Kong Protests - Interesting poster displays and a film with actual scenes from the protests. My feelings have now genuinely moved away from indifference over these events. ⚡Bloodied Dog - A film that that has a dog with blood all over itself? I couldn't tell if it was its own blood or not. Is this really necessary? Is this really art? ⚡ 2016-2-17/Syrian Refugees/Calias Jungle - Definitely some other than artistic kind of agenda here, probably on the curator's part. I truly believe there is some kind of deep sadness about the lack of compassion and humanity in how governments deal with refugees and immigration and those issues. I just wonder who the curator has opened-up his own personal home to.⚡Kurds - In a video an old woman laments, "We don't want mothers of policemen, guerillas, and soldiers to cry." If only our leaders thought that way.

Part of a quote written on a wall by a Japanese artist states, "Use of materials that unsettle the viewer is a good thing I believe." Materials didn't unsettle me here, content did. One display I found aesthetic beauty in was the large multimaterial heart with its delicate use of bamboo. Bamboo never unsettles me; it gives me passion in good ways.

Written 21 December 2019
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gcincinnati
Tokyo, Japan366 contributions
Even during the setup it was nice
Nov 2019 • Couples
We went yesterday on our way to our hotel and even though the museum was in the middle of setting up the next show, we could still enter to see the one thing on display - with no charge!

We were glad to walk around and have a look at the work we could see as well as what was outside.

Maybe check the website to see what’s on before you go, but we felt it was worth the trip! We saw work from George Ho and Interminable Prescriptions for the Plague.
Written 21 November 2019
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