First Time China Has Lent Rare Artifacts To Taiwan Since End Of Chinese Civil War In 1949
"Art Diplomacy" has the potential to increase cooperation between China and Taiwan
As ties between China and Taiwan have gradually become closer (particularly in the last year, following the election of Ma Ying-jeou), stories of cross-straits cooperation are becoming increasingly common. From China’s opening of direct flights to Taiwan to increased Taiwanese investment in the mainland (and vice versa) to today’s story about China sending 40 Qing Dynasty-era artifacts to Taipei’s National Palace Museum this October, cooperative gestures between Beijing and Taipei are something of a welcome sign.
Although simmering disputes remain between the two governments about thousands of artifacts taken to Taiwan as the Nationalist army made its retreat to the island in 1949 — which Beijing has sought to repatriate for decades — this exhibition is seen by many as a conciliatory step towards more direct talks on the future of the Chinese artifacts held in Taiwan’s National Palace Museum. As the BBC writes,
About 650,000 paintings, bronzes, porcelain and jade from Beijing’s imperial collection were packed into crates to escape the Japanese army in the 1930s.
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“Art Relations” Between The Two Countries Increase, With Contemporary Chinese Art And Modern British Art Exchanges
ArtInfo posts today on efforts by the UK and Chinese governments to increase their artistic exchanges in coming years, as part of broader efforts to take a “wider approach to building understanding between the two countries.” While we have seen particular interest in the UK and other western countries in Chinese contemporary art in the last 30 years, and in Chinese antiquities and traditional arts for several hundred years, large-scale exhibitions of western masters are still relatively scarce in China. The exhibition of a number of works by J.M.W. Turner, which opened earlier this month in Beijing, is essentially an experiment by the British government on whether there is a sizeable audience for British art in China, whether funding can be gathered, and whether China and the UK can cooperatively build a cultural bridge that will increase exchanges of all kinds between the two in coming years.
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