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Taiwan, China museums to launch October exhibit

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

An exhibition on Emperor Yongzheng (雍正) of the Qing Dynasty, the first joint exhibition between Taiwan and China’s national palace museums, will be launched in Taipei this October.

The announcement came after a meeting yesterday between the directors of the two museums — Chou Kung-hsin (周功鑫) from Taiwan and Zheng Xinmiao (鄭欣淼) from China.

Both agreed that any cultural exchange between the two museums should be held in a way that would not involve issues of cross-strait policy.

Taiwan’s National Palace Museum will borrow 37 pieces from the Chinese museum via a third party for the exhibition.

“We will soon determine who the third party is,” Chou said, adding that it must be a non-profit organization.

Chou and Zheng also agreed that the two museums would dispatch staff to visit each other’s sites annually at a designated time between July and September.

Aside from evaluating the performance of the exhibition from the previous year, the team will also determine exhibitions for the following year.

Meanwhile, the two museums will jointly publish the Dragon Tripitaka (龍藏經) in Tibetan, a Buddhist scripture preserved since the Qing Dynasty.

Both will also establish a mechanism where the two can swap collected items and share images.

Souvenirs or gifts made by the museums will be available at stores in Taipei and Beijing.

Chou and Zheng avoided answering when asked about the possibility of the two museums becoming one in the future.

“The collections in the National Palace Museum have become an integral part of the people’s lives in Taiwan,” Chou said.

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