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Chronology of Events

1942

  • The Palace Museum and the Preparatory Office of the Central Museum participated in the third "National Art Exhibition".
  • Professionals of the Preparatory Office of the Central Museum and the Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica cooperated in conducting archaeological surveys of the history and geography of the Northwestern region, and to study and re-organize in the following year the tomb of a king of the Former Shu of the Five Dynasties in Qintai.

1945

  • With the surrender of Japan, the premises of the Palace Museum in Peking and Nanking were taken charge of by Shen Jianshi and Chiang Fuzong, respectively.

1946

  • The restoration of the Palace Museum and the Preparatory Office of the Central Museum was began.
  • The Mao Gong Ding and Simuwu Ding tripods were placed under the care of the Preparatory Office of the Central Museum.

1948

  • Essential works from the collections of the Palace Museum and the Preparatory Office of the Central Museum were selected to be moved to Taiwan, as well as rare books of the Central Library and artifacts from the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica.

1949

  • With the crates of artifacts and rare books arriving Taiwan (approx. 231,910 objects from the Palace Museum; 11,729 objects from the Central Museum), the Executive Yuan created the Joint Managerial Office for the Palace Museum, the Preparatory Office of the Central Museum and the Central Library to oversee their organization and storage in Wufeng, Beigou in Taichung.

1951

  • The Joint Managerial Office began inventory checking of the works moved to Taiwan.
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