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The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Becomes the First-Ever Sister Museum of the National Palace Museum; an Official Memorandum of Cooperation Signed by the Two Museums on July 3, 2017

2017-07-03

On July 3, the National Palace Museum (NPM) held a press conference announcing that it and the Asian Art Museum (AAM) of San Francisco were to officially become sister museums. Both NPM Director Lin Jeng-yi and AAM Director Jay Xu attended the press conference and signed a memorandum of cooperation in the presence of Jesse Curtis, the cultural affairs section chief of the American Institute in Taiwan, and various press conference participants. In the future, the two museums will collaborate in a variety of areas including exhibition, research, and education promotion. By becoming sister museums, the two museums wish to strengthen their relationship and coproduce rich, long-term cultural art research and exhibition-curating results. The signing of the aforementioned memorandum makes AAM the first-ever official sister museum of the NPM, marking a major international exchange-related achievement of the NPM since Lin Jeng-yi took office as the director and announced the New National Palace Museum Plan.

History between the NPM and AAM can be traced back to 1961, when the NPM hosted its first-ever exhibition in the U.S. titled Chinese Art Treasures, which attracted nearly half a million visitors. In 1996, the NPM organized its second U.S. exhibition titled Gem of Chinese Culture at the AAM, which was also well received. In 2016, the NPM held its third exhibition titled Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei at the AAM, which strengthened the bond between the two museums.

    The AAM, a premier art institution in San Francisco and the largest Asian art-themed museum in the U.S., houses a wealth of high-quality arts and artifacts from various Asian countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, India, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar spanning six millennia. Focused on Asian art and culture-based collection and research, the AAM shares an identical theme with the NPM Southern Branch. By becoming sister museums, the two museums will complement one another. To benefit the Taiwanese public, the AAM will carefully select some of its precious artifacts to be exhibited at the NPM Southern Branch starting year end, 2018.

    NPM has long devoted itself to promoting international cultural exchanges, and has maintained cooperative, friendly, long-term relations with a number of museums in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Holy See, and Japan, in which exchange exhibitions were curated. After taking office as the director of the NPM, Lin Jeng-yi strengthened existing cooperative relationships between museums and vigorously promoted the New National Palace Museum Plan to establish various exchange and cooperation mechanisms to facilitate interactions between cultural institutions (e.g., museums) around the world. Director Lin Jeng-yi indicated that "international organization" is one of the key strategies of the New National Palace Museum Plan. In addition to the AAM, renowned museums from countries such as France and Australia have contacted the NPM to express their desires to host exchange exhibitions with the NPM. By engaging in international exchanges and cooperation, Director Lin Jeng-yi wished to elevate the international competitiveness of the NPM and introduce Taiwanese culture to the rest of the world. Concurrently, Director Lin Jeng-yi hoped to utilize international collaboration and exchange exhibitions to teach the Taiwanese public for it to understand and appreciate the diversified and unique aesthetic styles of other regions and cultures in addition to those of Europe and North America.

The NPM stated that becoming a sister museum with AAM is merely the first step to international exchanges and cooperation. The museum will continue to work tirelessly to build collaborative relationships with other museums and connect to the world.


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Xiao Shi-hong, National Palace Museum Parliament Liaison and Public Affairs Office 886-2-2881-2021#68464 Email: jafor0918@npm.gov.tw