In 1976, following the central government’s decision to enhance the cultural life of the City, the Taipei Municipal Government embarked on a plan to build a high-standard museum. The construction was inaugurated in October 1980, and completed in January 1983 during the mayoral tenure of Lee Teng-hui. Ms. Martha Su from the National Palace Museum was appointed head of the museum’s Preparatory Office. The Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) officially opened its doors on August 8, and its initial exhibition was unveiled on December 24, 1983.
On September 6, 1986, Dr. Huang Kuang-Nan was appointed TFAM’s first director by the Education Minister of Taipei City. Dr. Huang was later appointed Director of the National Museum of History on February 27,1995. His successor was Mr. Chang Chen-Yu who became director on September 7, 1995. On June 4,1996, Director Chang was replaced by Ms. Liu Pao-Kuei, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Education. The following Museum director was Dr. Lin Mun-Lee, an associate professor of the National Taipei Teachers College who served for four years until July 31, 2000. After Dr. Lin’s departure, Mr. Huang Tsai-Lang, then the Deputy Director of the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, took up the post on September 1, 2000 and served in this position until March 26, 2007.
On August 16, 2007, Ms. Hsieh Hsiao-yun (Jean Wang), former director of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taoyuan County was appointed Deputy Director of the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs and the acting Director of TFAM. On January 1, 2009, Ms. Hsieh Hsiao-yun was appointed as the Director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.On March 1,2010 , Ms. Hsieh Hsiao-yun was appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs. After Ms. Hsieh’s departure, Ms. Chen Wen-Ling , the Deputy Director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, took up the post.On September 15, 2010 Mr. Wu Kwang-Tyng took the position of the Director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and tenure ended on July 31, 2011. Deputy director Liu Ming-Hing was appointed on August 1, 2011, as the acting director of the museum.On September 5, Weng Chih-Tsung took up the post as the acting director of the museum.On July 2,2012, Huang Hai-Ming took the position of the Director, and tenure ended on January 31, 2015. On February 1, 2015, Chiang Yu-Fang took up the post as the acting director of the museum. On April 30, 2015, Ms. Lin Ping took the position of the Director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.