Treasures of Taiwan's National Palace Museum to go on show in Australia

Over 150 pieces from the museum to be showcased in Australia for the first time

(image from National Palace Museum)

(image from National Palace Museum)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Treasures of the National Palace Museum will head to the southern hemisphere for the first time, with the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia to host the “Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art” exhibition from Feb. 2 to May 5.

Works on display will total 153 pieces, and will include examples spanning artifacts, calligraphy, literature, and painting.

The National Palace Museum holds one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks. Works from the museum are seldom seen outside of Taiwan.

The exhibition titled “Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art” explores the harmony and relationship between heaven, nature, and society.

A highlight of the expedition is the “Meat-shaped Stone” (肉形石), a depiction of dongpo pork carved out of jasper stone. The Wall Street Journal described the stone as the National Palace Museum’s “most famous masterpiece.”

National Palace Museum said it hopes that the exhibition spurs reflection of the wisdom and philosophy behind the works, and that the showcase will help people face their problems with confidence.

The “Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art” exhibition will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in central Sydney from Feb. 2 to May 5. Tickets can be bought through the museum’s online ticket system, or in-person.

“Meat-shaped Stone" (image from National Palace Museum).