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Red Dot CEO slams Taipei museum

Red Dot CEO slams Taipei museum

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) Peter Zec, Red Dot founder and chief executive officer, described the Red Dot Design Museum in Taipei as by far the worst Red Dot exhibition space in the world in a statement issued Wednesday, days after the museum threatened to pull out of Taiwan if the poor condition of its venue is not improved. "At the moment, the situation of the Red Dot Design Museum Taipei is by far the worst of any of our other exhibition spaces worldwide," Zec, who heads one of the world's largest design competitions, said in a statement.
"This is especially remarkable in the prelude of Taipei being World Design Capital," he said. Taipei 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. Despite the poor venue, Zec said his museum is willing to stay in Taipei and is open to negotiations with the relevant authorities. "If there's a perspective for Red Dot in Taipei, we will be glad to stay in this wonderful city," he said. 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. It has complained about the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs' failure to conduct repairs. In response, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) said Monday that Farglory Group (??), the builder of the Taipei Dome project, has the responsibility to pay for the repairs, while the cultural affairs department said it will do its best to help repair the Red Dot Design Museum. Farglory Group, meanwhile, said it will investigate whether the damage at the museum was caused by the Taipei Dome construction work, and will immediately repair the historic site if the damage is proved to have been caused by the construction work. The Taipei museum, opened in 2013, is the world's third Red Dot museum. There is one in Essen, Germany and another in Singapore. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-22 21:28 GMT+08:00