This exhibition catalogue is divided into four sections. The opening section, “Adventurous Footprints,” exhibits the records and objects that are related to the journey of Dutch envoys. The second section, “Exotic Curios,” presents how the people from opposite sides of the globe had been infused with expectations and imaginations on foreign lands, which encouraged objects with oriental styles or in western tastes to appear. The third section, “Oriental Sentiment,” showcases that even under the circumstances of the 17th century, the impact of foreign culture was within reach, and the Ming emperor still paid homage to the ancestors as always. The literati who had stayed stealthily in studios also continued to speak freely about personal tastes. Finally, “Global Encounters,” reconstructs the worldview of the 17th century through the styles with blended features of the East and West, such as decorative patterns on porcelains, Suzhou prints, and interpretations of world maps (which were utilized to accentuate art and culture under the influences of exchanges between the East and West). This exhibition catalogue introduces the journeys of Dutch envoys successfully presenting themselves to the Qing emperor as the genesis, and selects exquisite artworks collected by the National Palace Museum, the Rijksmuseum from Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Umi-Mori Art Museum, the Museum of Oriental Ceramic, Osaka from Japan, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government, the National Taiwan University Library, and the Graduate Institute of Art History of National Taiwan University. The story of exchanges between the East and West is presented through the joint efforts of the aforementioned parties.
Related network resources: Expedition to Asia: The Prominent Exchanges between East & West in the 17th Century