Museums negotiating over which Chinese treasures to exhibit in Japan

Kyodo

Taiwan’s National Palace Museum and the Tokyo National Museum are selecting 200 Chinese antiquities for exhibitions in Tokyo and Fukuoka in 2014.

The exhibitions will be held at the Tokyo National Museum for 12 weeks from June to September 2014 and eight weeks at the Kyushu National Museum in Fukuoka Prefecture from that October to November, according to a schedule announced by the museum.

Fung Ming-chu, director of National Palace Museum, said the museum hopes both sides will finalize the 200 items by the end of next month.

The themes of the exhibitions have yet to be finalized, and the items to be displayed are also being discussed, Fung said.

Items the Tokyo National Museum has expressed interest in include the famous Jadeite Cabbage and Meat-shaped Stone of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) as well as texts of Jin Dynasty calligrapher Wang Xizi (303-361). The Jin Dynasty ruled China from 265 to 420 and Wang is regarded by many as the godfather of Chinese calligraphy.

The Tokyo National Museum is also interested in paintings, scrolls, pottery and porcelain, bronze ware, carved lacquer ware, enamels and other Chinese antiquities from different periods, museum officials said.

The National Palace Museum in Taipei houses a large collection of Chinese antiquities, including scrolls, calligraphy, seals and vases collected by various emperors over a millennium.

The exhibitions will go ahead following legislation passed by the Diet in March 2011 that addressed Taiwan’s concerns that China could seek to have the artifacts and artwork impounded without such a law.