National Palace Museum eyeing China exhibitions

Staff Writer, with CNA

Sat, Apr 20, 2013 - Page 3

Taiwan’s National Palace Museum has applied for a trademark registration in China to pave the way for holding exhibitions there, museum director Feng Ming-chu (馮明珠) said yesterday.

The application was filed last month and is currently pending approval from China, Fung told a news conference in Taipei.

The press conference was held jointly with Beijing’s Palace Museum president Shan Jixiang (單霽翔), who arrived in Taiwan a day earlier as part of an exchange visit between the two museums.

Much of the attention at the news conference focused on the possibility that the Taiwanese museum might stage an exhibition in China, which would involve issues such as whether artifacts could be impounded and claimed by China, and whether the museum would be allowed to display its full name during exhibitions.

In response, Shan said it is “totally impossible” that artifacts from Taiwan would be seized.

However, Taipei hopes that Beijing will enact a law to provide a firm legal basis for this commitment, Shan said.

Shan also said that the name issue would not be a problem if the National Palace Museum’s application for a trademark registration is approved.

The museum has so far registered trademarks in the EU, the US, Canada, South Korea, Russia and Australia.

For her part, Feng said that the Palace Museum had agreed to lend 42 artifacts to the National Palace Museum for The Artistic Taste of Emperor Qianlong (乾隆), an exhibition on the life of one of the longest-ruling emperors of the Qing Dynasty, slated to be held in October.