Taipei, April 7 (CNA) An exhibition marking the successful completion of Taipei Music Center (TMC) opened in New York Wednesday, drawing on the relationship between its American architectural origins and adoption into Taiwanese culture, according to a TMC statement.
“Lyrical Urbanism: The Taipei Music Center,” as the exhibition at Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture is called, features mural-sized photographs, architectural models, drawings, and audiovisual media that explore the decade-long design process, the TMC said.
At an opening reception Wednesday at Cooper Union’s Great Hall, which included a lecture, musical performance and panel discussion, TMC spokesperson Sandra Hsu (徐有潔) said that the center is an integrating platform that will bring people closer.
“The place is a platform and we see it as a bridge connecting the government and the industry, and also rising talent, and of course the general public,” Hsu said.
The TMC aims to attract people to the center not just to watch shows, but to also just enjoy the vibe and fill people’s lives with music, Hsu said.
The exhibition explores the relationship of the complex’s architecture to the process of its design, current use, Taiwan’s music industry, and the nation’s cosmopolitan ambitions, according to the Ministry of Culture (MOC).
The 55,000 square foot TMC, which contains a Concert Hall that holds up to 5,000 people, a Cultural Cube presenting the history of popular music in Taiwan, and a Creative Hub, was developed by New York-based Reiser+Umemoto, RUR Architecture.
Since the grand opening of TMC Concert Hall in August 2020, the center has hosted a variety of high-profile musical and cultural events, including the inaugural concert of Yo-Yo Ma’s Asian tour and the prestigious Golden Melody Awards, dubbed the Grammy Awards for Mandopop.
Following the opening of the Concert Hall, the Cultural Cube also launched a permanent exhibition “Music, Island, Stories: Pop Music in Taiwan” last September. This takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey to learn how Taiwan’s music industry has evolved over the decades, according to the MOC.
The Creative Hub is scheduled to open later this year and will serve as a cradle for new musical talent, the MOC said.
The “Lyrical Urbanism: The Taipei Music Center” exhibition will run until April 29.
(By William Yen)


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