It’s not that Tainan doesn’t have its own charm, but there are times when I miss the good old fashioned beauty – constantly looking for basic aesthetics and something that’s a bit more artistic, special and out of the ordinary gray. Although I’ve come to not expect any of that in Tainan, there are times when Tainan kind of surprises me, making me feel that there’s actually alot to Tainan that I haven’t seen yet.
Watching a bad movie the other week, I left the cinema with a local friend and we thought we can grab something to eat at the near by Hai-An road. Taking a few steps down our street I suddenly stopped and gazed. My friend asked me what was so special about what I was looking at, and I muttered – “hey, that’s strange, I think I finally found my first fine art gallery here in Tainan”.
In-art gallery has been advertised on the Rickshaw night-life magazine, but I didn’t think it would be this nice. Hidden away with no signs or banners outside, there’s a really nice – might I dare say – western standard art gallery hosting some really fine contemporary-modern art that’s a pleasure to walk in and slowly look at the art pieces. Together with us was what seemed like a very wealthy local and the gallery director going over brochures to find some thing to fit the local’s taste. I must say I found most of what I saw there exquisite, but that has probably something to do with the fact I haven’t seen anything like that in a long time.
There is artistic beauty in Tainan, it’s just hidden away in places you wouldn’t normally expect to find it in. I wish there was more of that…