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Chronology of Events

1933

  • The Shan-hai-kuan Checkpoint fell to the Japanese army. With the situation in Northern China growing precarious, the Museum's collection was moved to Shanghai.
  • The Preparatory Office of the Central Museum was formed, with Fu Sinian appointed as Head.

1934

  • The Palace Museum was placed under the control of the Executive Yuan, and Ma Heng was appointed Director.
  • Li Chi was named Head of the Preparatory Office of the Central Museum. The Office made two acquisitions from the Shan-chai and Sung-chai studios.

1935

  • The Palace Museum was invited to participate in the "London International Exhibition of Chinese Art."
  • The Preparatory Office of the Central Museum accepted relics excavated in Lopupo, Hsinchiang, by the Northwestern Exploratory Team led by Sven A. Hedin of Sweden.

1936

  • The construction of the Palace Museum's storehouse in the Taoist monastery Chaotian Palace in Nanking was completed.
  • The Board of Directors of the Central Museum was constituted, with Cai Yuanpei serving as Chairman.

1937

  • The collections of the Palace Museum and the Preparatory Office of the Central Museum were moved in batches to Changsha, Hankow, Baoji.

1938

  • The collection of the Palace Museum was shipped westward, with the rest of the pack dispersed further from the front. In the following year, an office was established in Szechwan.
  • The artifact collection in the Preparatory Office of the Central Museum was stored in a temporary warehouse at Shapingba Dam.

1940

  • The Palace Museum was invited to organize the "Chinese Art Exhibition" in Moscow and Leningrad in the Soviet Union.
  • The Preparatory Office of the Central Museum was moved to Li Zhuang, Nanxi in Szechwan.

1941

  • Professionals of the Preparatory Office of the Central Museum conducted archaeological excavations in the cliff burial sites in Pengshan, Szechwan, and undertook investigations of the Moso Culture in Lijiang, Yunnan.
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