Sunday, February 05, 2012

Chi Mei Museum

You might never have guessed that one of the world's most prestiges private collection museum is housed in the middle of an industrial complex. Long-time collector and founder of the Chi Mei Corporation, Mr. Wen-long Hsu opened his museum in 1992 to the public to view free of charge.
The photo is outside of the Chi Mei Museum and his collection is on the 5th to 8th floor of the building in the background.
Unfortunately, no photographs are allowed inside, but to get a flavor of what is inside, click here to see the museum's collections.
I can tell you the owner must be very rich and have been collecting for a long time. If I may borrow a saying from its website, "At the ChiMeiMuseum, visitors can experience the finest masterpieces from different civilizations and cultures without leaving Taiwan, thus offering a broader view of the world."

Four statues that represent the four seasons.
Spring (left), Summer (center), and Autumn (right).

Autumn (left), Winter (center), and Spring (right).

Across the street is what looks like the Chi Mei factory, a big contrast to the delicate museum statues.
The Chi Mei Corporation is one of the largest maker of ABS resin (plastics), as well as acrylic glass, polystyrene, thermoplastic elastomer, synthetic rubber, and Thin Film Transistor-Liquid Crystal Display.

- Karen


LifeRamblings said...

some of the statues look very familiar and very Greek-style. i could recognize David Florence and Nike, from your top photo.

cocomino said...

It looks so interesting place. Unfortunately I can't take photos in museums in our country, too.

Jeanne said...

These are amazing sculptings and look like they came straight from Versailles gardens. said...

The ones I can see from your photo are all copies. I am wondering if they used the products that they produce to create them giving them a fabulous sales tool. Not a criticism, I think it is terrific when art is brought to the people, copies or not, just wondering.

FilipBlog said...

Lovely statues, strange combination with the last picture.


eileeninmd said...

Beautiful statues, it does seem like an odd place for them though. Great shots.

rainfield61 said...

There are people in the world who are willing to contribute back to the society.

Ryan said...

What an unusual place for these great works of art, I can imagine the smell from the plastics plant.

Jenny Woolf said...

What a strange and interesting juxtaposition. And a fascinating sounding museum. What a strange idea to have it in an industrial area, but also a creative one.