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Taipei Palace museum delegation to make first Beijing visit

A delegation from Taipei's "National Palace Museum" will make the institution's first visit to Beijing's Palace Museum.

 

Chou Kung-shin, the Taipei museum director, said here Monday that she would lead the delegation to Beijing next weekend. She said that during the trip, she would discuss with the Beijing museum whether her facility could borrow 17 items for a special exhibition about Emperor Yongzheng (1678-1735) of the Qing Dynasty. That exhibit is scheduled to be held in Taipei in October.

 

The two sides would also discuss cooperation in academic research, exhibits, publishing and personnel exchanges, Chou said.

 

She said each museum had its advantages, and the two institutions would conduct exchanges based on mutual trust, benefit and help to offer the best service possible for museum-goers across the Taiwan Straits.

 

Taipei's "National Palace Museum" is known for its rich collection of objects taken from Beijing's former Imperial Palace, or the Forbidden City, in 1949 at the end of a civil war.

 

The then-Kuomintang government shipped 2,972 boxes of about 600,000 valuable items from Beijing to Taipei.

 

The two museums have never worked together, but in 1992 they collaborated with a Hong Kong-based publisher on the book "The Best of National Treasures" about their collections.

 

Last month, a mainland official welcomed their exchanges.

 

"We are glad to see the two museums work together and improve exchanges," Yang Yi, the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman, told a Beijing press conference on Jan. 21.

 

Beijing's Palace Museum had agreed to lend the 17 items to Taipei for the special show, Fung Ming-chu, deputy director of Taipei's "National Palace Museum", said in January.

 

They will be displayed with 148 other items in Taipei in October.

 

"This is the first time the collections will be reunified since they were under the same roof 60 years ago," Fung said.

 

(Xinhua News Agency February 10, 2009)