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Taipei Red Dot museum could pull out due to poor venue

Taipei Red Dot museum could pull out due to poor venue

Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) The Red Dot Design Museum in Taipei had a glamorous opening in the city in 2013 as the world's third Red Dot museum. But two years later, a shoddy venue and the Taipei city government's reported lack of action to improve the museum's environment could bring a less-than-glamorous end to the museum's short stay in Taiwan. On Aug. 12, the museum submitted a report to the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, complaining about the poor quality of the venue at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, and how the construction of the nearby Taipei Dome has created cracks in the museum walls, leakage problems, uneven floors and excessive noise. Five of its displays have even been damaged as a result, according to the museum. The accusations will be a major blow to the reputation of Taipei, which was designated as the 2016 World Design Capital and is set to host a series of international events next year to celebrate its transformation and showcase its designs to the world. Joy Cheng (???), executive director of the museum, said Taiwan has always lacked an exhibition hall used specifically to showcase designs, and it took a lot of effort to launch the Red Dot museum in Taipei. Now, however, one of the most authoritative international design organizations might pull out of Taiwan because of the poor condition of the venue and the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs' failure to conduct repairs, Cheng said. She said the department, in the role of landlord, should meet its obligations to repair and manage the venue instead of waiting for the results of negotiations with the Taipei Dome's contractor, Farglory Group, over the fate of the project. The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is currently managed by the Taipei Culture Foundation, commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs, while the Taiwan Design Center rents the museum venue to Red Dot. Oliver Lin (???), deputy CEO of the Taiwan Design Center, said the contract between his center and the museum expired Aug. 14 and that he will immediately coordinate a meeting with museum officials once he returns to Taiwan from Paris. Ni Chung-hwa (???), the head of the cultural affairs department, could not be reached for comment. However, he said Sept. 3 that there might not be a solution to the problem at present, although he will continue to follow the developments. The Red Dot Design Museum in Taipei is the world's third Red Dot museum. There is one in Essen, Germany and another in Singapore. (By Yu Hsiang-kai and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-20 06:27 GMT+08:00