Beijing Palace Museum's head to visit in April or May: NPM chief
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The head of Beijing's Palace Museum will visit Taipei's National Palace Museum (NPM) in April or May, according to NPM Director Fung Ming-chu, who visited her Chinese counterpart in late January.
February 22, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Fung told reporters yesterday that Shan Jixiang, president of the Palace Museum in Beijing, will make the trip across the Strait to discuss further exchanges and joint projects between the museums.
Late last month Fung led a delegation to Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing. While in the capital she met with Shan to trade views and information on the museums' cooperation in 2013. The two also reached a consensus to work toward further joint projects in the coming three years.
Fung said that Shan promised at the meeting to lend some 30 artifacts to supplement “The Artistic Taste of Emperor Qianlong,” an exhibition delving into the life of one of the longest ruling emperors of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), which is slated to be held at the NPM.
Among the items are portraits of the emperor and of his concubines, a number of grand timepieces, and other objects that reflect his artistic tastes. Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) ascended to the throne in 1735 and abdicated in 1796. One of his hobbies was collecting timepieces, according to Fung.
The NPM will also join forces with Beijing's Palace Museum to draw up a complete catalog for a selection of 600 books compiled during Qianlong's reign. At the moment, more than 300 such books are kept by the NPM, with the remaining in Beijing's Palace Museum.
Visitors to the NPM hit a new high of 4.36 million in 2012, Fung said, with those from the mainland accounting for 40 percent.
The mainland is currently Taiwan's biggest source of tourists. Taipei's Palace Museum is considered a must-see during most mainland visitors' trips.