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Castiglione exhibitions to mark museums’ birthday

Staff writer, with CNA

The National Palace Museum and the Palace Museum in Beijing are scheduled to hold dual exhibitions next year of the work of renowned 18th century Italian missionary and painter Giuseppe Castiglione to mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Palace Museum on Oct. 10, 1925.

The museums have agreed to hold their own exhibitions of works by the Jesuit missionary, who became a court painter to the Chinese Emperor Qianlong (乾隆), National Palace Museum Director Fung Ming-chu (馮明珠) said.

In addition to displaying paintings by Castiglione, whose Chinese name was Lang Shinin (郎世寧), Fung said the museum in Taipei will display an animated version of his famed scroll painting One Hundred Horses and make a documentary film about him.

The exhibitions are also to mark the 300th anniversary of Castiglione’s arrival in China.

While the museums’ anniversary will be on Oct. 10 next year, the dates of the show have not been set.

Castiglione is known for painting portraits and animals and for the fusion of Chinese and Western techniques in his works.

In other developments, the National Palace Museum is to host an exhibition from the British Museum titled “A History of the World in 100 Objects” in December.

The British Museum display, which tells the history of the world from 2 million years ago to the present day through 100 objects, is to run from Dec. 13 to March 15 next year, Fung said.

The Taipei museum will also exhibit some of its most precious works in Japan later this year under historic agreements signed with two Japanese museums last year.

The agreements paved the way for the National Palace Museum’s artifacts to be exhibited in other Asian countries for the first time.

Exhibition plans

‧ Exhibits of the works of Qianlong court painter Giuseppe Castiglione are to be held next year by the National Palace Museum in Taipei and Beijing’s Palace Museum to mark their joint 90th birthday and the 300th anniversary of the Jesuit missionary’s arrival in China.

‧ “A History of the World in 100 Objects” from the British Museum is to open at the Taipei museum in December.

‧ The National Palace Museum will send artworks and artifacts for shows at two Japanese museums this year, including two very popular jade pieces.


The Tokyo National Museum is to host of show of 231 works from June 24 to Sept. 15. The Kyushu National Museum show is to run from Oct. 7 to Nov. 30.

The National Palace Museum’s most popular artwork, the Jadeite Cabbage with Insects, is to be displayed for two weeks at the Tokyo museum, while the Meat-shaped Stone, which looks like a piece of stewed pork, is to be at the Kyushu museum for two weeks, Fung said.

The Japanese shows will be the first time the two jade pieces have been exhibited abroad.

The National Palace Museum will announce next month what it will put on display in the place of the two popular pieces while they are in Japan, Fung said.

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