The National Palace Museum in Taipei has set the dates 25 December 2006 to 25 March 2007 to hold its "Grand View: Painting and Calligraphy of the Northern Sung", exhibiting a total of 42 paintings and 29 pieces of calligraphy dating from the Northern Sung period (960-1127) from the Museum collection along with five Northern Sung works of painting and calligraphy on loan from the US collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, making for a total of 76 works. Since the display includes some of the National Palace Museum's "restricted" masterpieces, which cannot be presented for the entire duration of the exhibition, some of the works have been divided between two rotations, A and B. Those in the A rotation will be displayed from 25 December 2006 to 7 February 2007, while the B rotation will be from February 8 to March 25. Currently, works of Northern Sung painting and calligraphy are extremely rare, so the chance to see such a rich and complete display of works from this crucial period in Chinese art history all at the same time is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. In the future, an exhibition of a similar caliber will be extremely difficult to arrange, due to the necessity of preserving these precious artworks from a millennia ago. Thus, it is hoped that both scholars and general audiences alike will take this rare opportunity to study and appreciate these masterpieces.