The National Palace Museum’s Chiayi County branch is to host a three-month display of treasures from two major Japanese museums beginning in October 2016.
The 150 artifacts from the Tokyo National Museum and the Kyushu National Museum are to include 68 national treasures and important cultural properties.
“The Best of Japanese Art Special Exhibition” will showcase several national treasures that the Tokyo National Museum has never exhibited abroad before, National Palace Museum Director Fung Ming-chu (馮明珠) said.
Among them are a 12th-century painting of Kujaku Myoo, the peacock goddess; the Maple Viewers and Painting of a Cypress folding screens from the 16th century and a writing box with inkstone from the 18th century, Fung said.
The Kyushu National Museum will loan the Eiga Monogatari calligraphy from the 13th century; a Tachi sword from the 14th century and the Zhou Maoshu Appreciating Lotuses hanging scroll from the 15th century, he said.
Other items include a portrait of the Zen priest Ikkyu Osho and The Great Wave off Kanagawa, which is part of a series of famous woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai.
The exhibition will present an overview of the history of Japanese art and culture, the National Palace Museum said.
The three museums signed an agreement on Oct. 16 last year to lend their collections on a reciprocal basis for exhibitions in each other’s country. The pact paves the way for the National Palace Museum’s cultural treasures to be exhibited in an Asian country other than Taiwan for the first time.
The Taipei museum is lending 231 pieces to the Japanese museums for shows from June 24 to Sept. 15 in Tokyo and from Oct. 7 to Nov. 30 in Kyushu.
The Jadeite Cabbage With Insects will be displayed for two weeks at the Tokyo museum and the Meat-shaped Stone will spend two weeks in Kyushu — the first time the artifacts have been exhibited abroad.
Japan passed a law in 2011 that makes foreign-loaned cultural objects immune from seizure, allowing Taiwan’s treasures to be exhibited in the country without fear of losing them to China, which considers the museum’s collections to be its property.