SCMP: “Beijing has agreed to lend art exhibits for a major joint exhibition in Taipei, the head of Taiwan’s top museum said on Sunday, as the two former rivals push ahead with detente.
Feng Ming-chu, director of Taipei’s National Palace Museum, will fly to Beijing on Monday, the first such trip since 2009 when the chiefs of the museum and of Beijing’s Palace Museum made landmark exchange visits.
Feng will meet her mainland counterpart Shan Jixiang to discuss the loan of more than 30 artefacts from the museum, also known as the Forbidden City, for the exhibition in Taipei in October.
“The Palace Museum in Beijing has agreed to our proposal for loaning artefacts,” she said.
The exhibition, which will also include some items from the Taipei museum, features the artistic tastes of Qianlong (1735-1796), an emperor in China’s last dynasty Qing.
“Hopefully the co-operation between the two museums will be further enhanced through the visit, following the 2009 ice-breaking exchange of visits by the curators of the two sides,” Feng said.
The 2009 visits resulted in the loan of 37 works from the Beijing museum to the Taiwanese museum later that year.
It was the first joint exhibition by the two museums, highlighting warming relations between Beijing and Taipei which have been ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949.”
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