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Palace Museum director planning visit for October

Staff writer, with CNA, BEIJING

National Palace Museum Director Feng Ming-chu (馮明珠) has invited her Chinese counterpart to visit Taipei and he said October would be the earliest he could visit, in time for the opening of a new exhibition on Chinese Emperor Qianlong (乾隆) at the National Palace Museum.

Feng is visiting China at the invitation of Shan Jixiang (單霽翔), director of the Palace Museum in Beijing, and the two held a news conference.

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 National Palace Museum has set two conditions for loans to other countries. One is that the name of the museum must 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 would “continue to promote exchanges between the two museums.”

Feng has previously said that her museum has no plans to lend artifacts to China. She said National Palace Museum items have been loaned to Germany, the US, France and Austria, and could be shown in Japan next year, because the countries have passed the required legislation to prevent the items from being seized.

Feng arrived in Beijing on Monday, the first such visit since her predecessor, Chou Kung-shin (周功鑫), visited in February 2009, which marked the first official exchanges between the two museums.

The Palace Museum in Beijing has lent items from its collection to Taipei several times, including an exhibition on Emperor Yongzheng (雍正) (1678 to 1735) in 2009 and Emperor Kangxi (康熙) (1654 to 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 the Ming Dynasty in 2015, when they celebrate their respective 90th anniversaries.

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