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Art Galleries in Taichung, the ‘City of Culture’

Taichung has regularly hosted a variety of excellent art exhibitions in recent years that have attracted many visitors to art-related venues along or near West District’s Calligraphy Greenway and North District. This success and popularity has also helped boost art galleries, studios and exhibitions in this general area, including the following examples. –By Taylor Melton & Chloe Chang Translated by Anna Yang

CMYK Gallery
北區德化街580號; (04) 2201-7999
580, DeHua St, North Dist
週二至五/Tue-Fri 9 am-5 pm, 週六、日/Sat-Sun 9 am-8 pm

CMYK Gallery seeks to spread the love and inspiration of art to the local community via the gallery and painting work space. The third-floor gallery features works by local professional and amateur artists–usually paintings or photographs–that are mostly available for purchase. This space is available to anyone wanting to showcase their work or hold exhibitions. A space for artists to hone their craft is also available for those wanting to take part in painting classes offered by CMYK Gallery’s owner. Customers can purchase canvases here and use paints and other supplies to create at their own leisure outside of organized classes. The first floor is home to a restaurant with a nice selection of salads, pastas, risottos, coffees and teas to be enjoyed alongside the art.

Modern Art Gallery 現代畫廊
西區公益路155巷9號B1; (04) 2305-1217
9, Lane 155, GongYi Rd, B1, West Dist
1-9 pm (週一休/closed Mon)

Marked by its entrance rhino sculpture, this gallery has been around for over three decades and is run by a group of artists that include Chu Teh-chun, Sanyu, Charles Matton, Czar, Dali and founder Shih Li-jen, who notes that “art creation is a long-term goal, but only the masterpieces will passed onto future generations”. A goal of this gallery is to bring visitors and art together.

Freedom Men Art Apartments 自由人藝術公寓
北區五權路594號; 0987-444-957
594, WuQuan Rd, North Dist
1-9 pm (週一、二休/closed Mon-Tue)

This art exhibition center opened in 2012 and aims to offer an open working space. Its five-floor building combines residential, creation and exhibition areas. It also offers internships and hold other art-related events.

YIRI ARTS Taichung Space 伊日藝術台中空間
(04) 2327- 4361
西區精誠五街2號
2, JingCheng 5th St, West Dist
1-7 pm (週一休/closed Mon)

The modern art in this gallery leans towards colorful works that stand out in the well-illuminated spacious museum-like venue. The gallery has four branches between Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung that offer not only exhibition spaces but also a cafe and reading area. It also founded the Free Art Fair in 2014 in order to spread the concept of “everlasting art all over the place”.

Da Xiang Art Space 大象藝術空間
北區博館路15號; (04) 2208-4288
15, BoGuan Rd, North Dist
12-8 pm (週一休/closed Mon)

This spacious art gallery provides visitors with a quiet place to enjoy art, with a venue focusing on the promotion of varied modern art mediums and research of international exhibition events. In June, Lin Shi-yong will hold a solo painting exhibition here about deceased family members and his family’s history.

Yami Art Space 亞米藝術
(04) 2301-2252, 0922-005-541
西區民生北路138號
138, MinSheng N Rd, West Dist
10 am-7 pm (週一休/closed Mon)

This recently-relocated art gallery promotes Chinese modern art and seeks out local artists, in addition to presenting permanent artists Guo Chia-hung’s humorous presentations of serious subjects, Cheng Chu-hsuan’s bold coloring style, and Li Ying-huang’s modern water ink artworks.

CMP Block Museum of Arts 勤美術館
西區館前路71號; 0800-266-155
71, GuanQian Rd, West Dist
2-7:30 pm (週一、二休/closed Mon-Tue)

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