THE ANTIQUES’ JOURNEY BEGINS
MoNTUE restores over 100 plaster cast collections given by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). This collection of antiques originated from a project of producing plaster casts due to new museums and art institutions built in Europe and the United States in the 19th century and their consequent need to expand the museum collections. Therefore, works from the ancient Greek and Roman period, to the medieval period, to important religious, architectural and sculptural works created during 16th to 18th century all became crucial subjects to be replicated. The casts, made by first-rate foundries that possessed finest skills at the time, have preserved a comprehensive collection of Western classics. Among the museums, the most representative American art museum, the MET, also acquired a large number of plaster casts, which were displayed in the museum for students and later generations to closely observe these antique works. In mid-20th century, the MET had already collected excellent artworks from around the world; as the museum collection expanded, the plaster casts were put in storage over the course of time. In 2000, the museum launched a plan to gift the collection of plaster casts; consequently, art and research institutions worldwide, namely universities and museums, became the recipients. After happy coincidences and efforts of various parties, the National Taipei University of Education (NTUE) was the only academic institution in Asia that received this collection.