New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art first announced, in 2000, their intention to donate some of their 1870s plaster collection to research institutions around the world. The museum wanted to free up storage space, but they also wanted these cultural relics to be valued and revitalized. Thus, academic institutions related to the fields of art history, architecture, anthropology, and the humanities became the recipients of their large collection. MoNTUE was the only recipient in Asia among all the institutions collaborating with the Met over the course of this initiative. Metro11 is the MoNTUE’s permanent collection. A group of teachers and pupils were focused on restoring the first set of plaster casts to be displayed at the MoNTUE. For this collection to be taken out of storage and restored to be displayed permanently. The significance of these historic artifacts laid in their value for today’s art education, as well as their potential to break the current modes of exhibition to create new values that would transcend time and space. The name of the exhibition, Metro11, was selected to convey two meanings. The name touched upon MoNTUE’s location at the heart of the city, as it alluded to the Taipei Metro visible from the museum’s windows. It also indicated the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and signified MoNTUE’s innovative role as a portal between the past and the future.