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Museums in Taiwan, China to hold exhibitions on Italian missionary

Museums in Taiwan, China to hold exhibitions on Italian missionary

Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM) and The Palace Museum in Beijing will kick off exhibitions in 2015 to show works by a renowned late Italian missionary to mark the 90th anniversaries of the two museums. The museums have agreed to each hold their own exhibitions of works by Giuseppe Castiglione, who served as a Jesuit missionary and court painter in China in the 18th century, NPM Director Fung Ming-chu said Wednesday. In addition to displaying paintings by Castiglione, the NPM will showcase an animated version of the painter's famed hand scroll painting "One Hundred Horses" and make a documentary film about him, Fung said. 2015 will mark the 300th anniversary of Castiglione's arrival in China. The missionary-painter, whose Chinese name was Lang Shining, was known for painting portraits and animals and for the fusion of Chinese and Western techniques in his works. The dates of the exhibitions have yet to be set. Meanwhile, Fung said, the NPM will present an exhibition titled "A History of the World in 100 Objects" by the British Museum in December to celebrate the museum's 90th year. These artifacts from the British Museum will be showcased in the display from Dec. 13 this year to March 15, 2015, Fung said. The exhibition tells the history of the world from 2 million years ago to the present day through 100 objects. The NPM this year will also exhibit some of its most precious collections in Japan under historic agreements signed with two Japanese museums last year. The agreements pave the way for NPM cultural treasures to be exhibited in an Asian country outside of Taiwan for the first time. Under the agreements, 231 works from the NPM will be exhibited at the Tokyo National Museum from June 24 to Sept. 15 and later in the year at the Kyushu National Museum from Oct. 7 to Nov. 30. The Jadeite Cabbage with Insects, the NPM's most popular artifact, will be on display for two weeks at the Tokyo museum, while the Meat-shaped Stone, another famous piece, will make an appearance for two weeks at the Kyushu museum. It will be the first time the two artifacts have been exhibited abroad. Fung said her museum will announce in March what artifacts it will put on display in the place of the two popular pieces while they are being displayed in Japan. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-10-18 22:40 GMT+08:00