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National Palace Museum

:::Ideas and Vision

Transformation: From Local to International

The National Palace Museum (NPM) houses a magnificent, substantial collection of precious Chinese artifacts and serves the role of safeguarding human and art histories. In May 2016, Lin Jeng-yi (1959–) was appointed the director of the NPM, the year that marked the 91st anniversary of the NPM and a time when the NPM was recognized as one of the world's four major museums. Upon assuming office, Director Lin put forward the vision of "transforming local industries to international industries," emphasizing the diversity, professionalism, and internationality of the NPM as well as it being public and local-oriented. Concerning the NPM being "public-oriented," it entails transforming the NPM into a modernized, nationalized museum and making relevant affairs such as its policies, exhibitions, collections, research interpretations, and curatorial philosophies accessible to the public; the goals are to promote public participation and to provide the public with the rights to participate, create, and enjoy. Regarding the NPM's diversity, it involves the NPM following the same development approach adopted by international museums (i.e., a diversified, interdisciplinary development approach) as well as serving as a driver of building positive national image and facilitating national social and economic developments (i.e., one of the responsibilities of world-class museums) in areas such as tourism, the cultural and creative industry, science and technology, and social welfare; the goal is to utilize the NPM's cultural depth to illustrate Taiwan's multicultural system. With respect to the NPM's professionalism, it signifies the NPM's return to museum-based operations and assessing the purpose of its existence, in which the NPM will maximize its value and functions including being public, education, and aesthetics-oriented. In addition, the NPM will actively combine resources from museums of all levels and locations in Taiwan to expand the collective power of the museum community. As to the NPM's internationality, it denotes that the NPM will utilize its world view and cultural missions to engage in various international exchanges in order to maintain its international competitiveness. Additionally, the NPM will use its brand to showcase its cultural depth and positive national image, creating a world-class museum. In respect to the NPM being local-oriented, it means that the NPM will build new connections with the Taiwanese public, highlight Taiwanese sovereignty, and redefine the local significance and contexts of NPM's artifacts, enabling the NPM to become connected to the public in the areas of social affairs, education, life, and recreation, which will subsequently allow the public to re-familiarize itself with, support, and approve the NPM.

Some of the NPM's related operations are described as follows: provide cultural and social education (by promoting the museum's accessibility to the public, strengthening aesthetic education, and facilitating universal use and personnel training), enhance tourism and industry developments (by planning and building the Taiwanese Museum Progressive Alliance and fostering local culture), attract domestic and international visitors to come and see the NPM's artifacts (by expanding museum-based cultural and tourism industries and exhibiting Taiwan's cultural strength), maximize museum professional capacity (by working with important international museums to co-curate exhibitions), engage in international exchanges and collaborations (through academic research) to showcase Taiwan's multi-cultural styles, adopt the government's new southern policies to actively strengthen cooperation with Southeast Asian Museums in the areas of exhibition co-curation, art exchanges, and cultural research, and endeavor in joint exhibition curation, publishing, marketing, and servicing to promote the development of Taiwan's private and public museums, "marketing" Taiwan culture.