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Beijing Palace Museum head could visit Taiwan in October

Beijing Palace Museum head could visit Taiwan in October

Beijing, Jan. 22 (CNA) Visiting National Palace Museum Director Feng Ming-chu from Taiwan extended an invitation Tuesday to her Chinese counterpart, who said he could visit Taiwan in October at the earliest. Feng is visiting China at the invitation of Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum in Beijing. Shan said at a joint conference in Beijing that he would be able to visit Taiwan in time for the opening ceremony of a major exhibition featuring the artistic taste of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) at Taipei's National Palace Museum. One of the major purposes of Feng's visit is to discuss borrowing artifacts from China for the upcoming exhibition. So far, exchanges of artifacts have been one-way transactions, because although China is interested in borrowing artifacts from Taiwan, the latter has set two conditions. The Taipei museum, which boasts more than 655,000 Chinese artifacts spanning 7,000 years from the prehistoric Neolithic period to the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911, has said that these two conditions must be met before it will allow its treasures to be loaned to other countries. The first is that the name of the museum should be displayed in full, and the other is that the borrowing countries must pass a law that waives their right to seize such artifacts. Asked whether China will push for the two conditions, Shan said that there are no plans to pass such a law, but added that he will "continue to promote exchanges between the two museums." Feng also said a day earlier that her museum has no plans to lend artifacts to China. She said National Palace Museum items have been loaned to Germany, the United States, France and Austria in the past and could be shown in Japan next year, adding that all these countries have passed the required legislation to prevent the items from being seized. Feng arrived in Beijing Monday, the first such visit since her predecessor Chou Kung-shin's icebreaking visit to China in February 2009, which marked the first official exchanges between the two museums in six decades. During Feng's stay, she is also scheduled to visit the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, the National Library of China, the First Historical Archives, Nanjing Museum and Shanghai Museum before concluding her visit Jan. 27. Since the two museums began promoting exchanges and cooperation in recent years, the Palace Museum in Beijing has lent items from its collection to Taipei several times, including an exhibition on Emperor Yongzheng (1678-1735) in 2009; the Landscape Reunited: Huang Kung-wang and the Dwelling on the Fuchun Mountains, and Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) and the Sun King Louis XIV, both in 2011. Both museums have also increased exchanges in personnel and publications. Feng said both museums are planning to hold joint exhibitions on Ming Dynasty in 2015, when they celebrate their respective 90th anniversaries. (By Tsai Su-jung and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-04-21 01:55 GMT+08:00