Ju Ming Art Museum is located at JiShan town, about an hour drive north of Taipei. It sits atop of a hill with panoramic view of the city and hosts a wonderful outdoor selection of work by one of the most famous sculptors who held exhibitions around the globe. Ju Ming was born in 1938 and known mostly for his expressive variations in human form through materials such as bronze, wood, marble and stainless steel.
This work is called Gentlemen and it is my favorite piece of work in the Living World Series which is inspired by the every day life in NYC where the artist spent a few years there. Simple forms and postures yet so real.
The museum was established in 1999 and it took 12 years to transform from the artist storage of his large scale work to a museum. The museum sits on a terrain where the entire layout is in a semi oval shape and one gets guided around it through different themes of art work done by Ju Ming. The museum is composed of an indoor exhibition hall with a restaurant and gift shops, outdoor exhibition areas with different themes of work, such as the most famous Tai Chi series to the painstaking effort on the steel construction representing a navy ship which took 4 years to complete, amazing work on the army, navy and air force , the zipper series which is named after his eldest son, a children art center with space and technique to encourage children to get creative, the main exhibition hall is a pyramid shape building which hosts a variety of Ju Ming’s small scale work yet equally creative with minute details emphasize on the human expression. There are several ponds scattered around the field and there is a performance center which was led to via the graffiti corridor with works of various local artists.
I have been wanting to bring the girls to this place for a visit and we were certainly lucky to even get tanned after a leisure afternoon there since it has been raining for almost 3 months in Taipei. The museum has several art programs for kids either indoor or outdoor as well as a children restaurant, it is extremely children friendly and makes it an excellent destination for families.