only outdoor sculpture museum in Taiwan, Juming
Museum is located in picturesque Jinshan, an
hour's drive from Taipei City. Its vast grounds
(around 32,000 ping) feature spacious outdoor
exhibition areas that allow visitors to get
up close to the artworks on display. The architecture,
landscape design, and gardening were all carried
out or overseen by Juming himself.
always liked Juming's Tachi artwork. His work
lets you feel a "chi" from within.
And to be able to see thirty odd works by Juming
displayed together at Tachi Plaza, you'll feel
a majestic strength that seems--momentarily
at least--to stop time in its tracks. The graceful
poses transport you into the world of Tachi.
Juming's simple and sharp slices create an
abstract, unwavering motion in these poised
sculptures. Their great force can be felt from
any angle. The sculptures seem fused into the
surrounding scenery; you forget yourself in
this ultimate state of heaven, earth, landscape,
object and man as one.
Human Plaza gives off a different feel. It
is Juming's latest creation, and takes bits
and pieces from human lives. Seemingly minimal
lines embody rich human emotion. Simple facial
features and postures reflect our experiences
and sentiments. We are given a tool to converse
with the sculptures, reminisce, and realize "this
Art doesn't have to be distant. On warm days
you can soak you feet in the shallow water
of the Wading Zone, and play amongst Juming's
sculptures. The children love it. On the other
side, the blooming lotuses also have some cooling
With the blue sky, light breeze, sunshine,
and distant mountains, the swans swim in leisure
in the glistening Swan Pond. The children argue
over whether the swans are real while the adults
While nearly 80 percent of the sculptures displayed
here are outside in natural surroundings, Juming
Museum also has two interior exhibition spaces.
The Museum Collection Hall features works by
Buffet, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Milo, Liao Ji-chun,
Kuo Po-chuan, Yang Shan-liang, Hung Jui-lin,
and other sculptors. The Museum Main Hall features
Juming's wooden carvings and plane pieces with
a section devoted to works by Juming's two
teachers, Lee Jing-chuan and Yang Yin-feng.
Juming's eldest son, Ju Chun, is also a renowned
sculptor. His famous Zipper Series works can
be see at the museum's outdoors exhibition
space. Works such as Zipper Lotus Pond, Zipper
Stone, and Zipper Tent add a sense of amusement
to the museum.
The museum becomes even more alive with the
Art Performance Zone, used by performance art
groups. The combination of still and moving
art gives visitors an enriched experience,
as well as another reason for a repeat visit.
To bring the art back with you, pick up a souvenir
at the gift shop. The two dining areas let
visitors feast in a natural, artistic environment.
Just sitting quietly in the gazebo or in the
chairs by the sculptures is pure joy.
Visit the mountainside Juming Museum, roam
through the artworks and endless green grass,
experience the majestic presence of Juming's
sculptures, and feel the confluence of nature
and man. It is an unforgettable experience,
and always well worth the trip. Drive or take
the 8:40 am or 1:10 pm Art Bus from Taipei
Fine Arts Museum.