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National treasures to debut in Japan in 2014

2012/08/23 23:02:43

Taipei, Aug. 23 (CNA) Items from the prized collection of Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM) are scheduled to go on exhibit in Japan in 2014 for the first time after the neighboring country passed a bill in 2011 that ensures all borrowed artifacts will be returned, the museum said Thursday.

The treasures of Taiwan's most prestigious museum are expected to be on display at the Tokyo National Museum from June to September in 2014. After that, the exhibition will be moved to the Kyushu National Museum in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, between October and November, according to the NPM.

To ensure no loaned collections would be seized by a third country while on display overseas, due to ownership disputes, the NPM only agrees to lend its artifacts to countries that provide legal guarantees.

Japan passed a law aimed at doing so in 2011, paving the way for the first NPM exhibition there.

The exhibitions were officially arranged during a visit by a Japanese delegation led by Masami Zeniya, executive director of the Tokyo museum, on Aug. 21.

However, the theme and items to be exhibited have not been decided yet, said the NPM, adding that the Tokyo museum will send representatives here to discuss the details.

In addition, Zeniya expressed hope that smaller-scale exhibitions of the NPM's collections fused with digital multimedia can be held after 2016 in the areas of Japan hit by the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The Tokyo museum, in turn, has agreed to lend items from the Japanese royal palace's fine art collection for a display at the NPM's southern Taiwan branch, which is under-construction. The exhibition is scheduled to occur in 2017.

(By Sabine Cheng and Kendra Lin)