A plan by the National Palace Museum to hold exhibitions in Germany in July has not been affected by the outbreak of SARS, a museum official disclosed yesterday.
The museum is scheduled to exhibit some of its ancient treasures in Berlin's Altes Museum from July 18 to Oct. 12, and in the Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland between Nov. 21 and Feb. 15, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The title of the forthcoming exhibitions is "Treasures of the Sons of Heaven: The Imperial Collection from the National Palace Museum, Taipei."
The official said he hope the exhibitions will help boost cultural exchanges between the two countries and upgrade Taiwan's international image.
It will be the third time that the National Palace Museum has mounted exhibitions in a foreign country.
The museum greatly enhanced its international image by organizing exhibitions in the US from March 1996 to April 1997 and met with great success in an exhibition in France between October 1998 and January 1999.
Nestled along wooded slopes in suburban Taipei, the museum is home to more than 640,000 pieces of Chinese artwork, including ancient bronzes, calligraphy, scroll paintings, porcelain, jade and rare books.
Along with the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York and the Louvre, it is regarded as among the world's greatest.