|National Palace Museum: October - December, 2001|
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|A Message from the Director:|
|Friends of the
National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum is throwing opening its gates to welcome individuals worldwide to the Friends of the National Palace Museum program.
The phrase Friends of the National Palace Museum is a fairly self-explanatory term. However, it also implies that museum and public are part of the same entity. In other words, this program is not simply a means of accepting the public into the Museum, but rather an endeavor to promote the inclusion of the Museum within the greater sphere of public society.
The National Palace Museum is an official organ of the national government, and, administratively speaking, is considered a branch of the Executive Yuan. Due to a variety of reasons, the Museum has in the past been criticized as an organization entrenched in the upper echelons of the government. In reality, by sheer virtue of its position as a branch of a democratic government, the Museum is dedicated to serving the people. Thus, in its capacity as a government organization, the Museum's foremost responsibility is to the public. In recent years, the Museum has made many efforts with this very duty in mind in hopes of gradually effacing its reputation as an elitist bureaucratic institution.
However, we believe that this is not enough.
The Museum's Vision
The Museum's Initiative
The Museum's Belief
It is my sincere hope that the implementation of the Friends of the National Palace Museum will facilitate this mission and allow the Museum to increase accessibility and dissolve any barriers that separate if from the public. Art lovers and those concerned with cultural education can utilize this program to help promote artistic appreciation and cultural awareness.
Such programs have long been a vital component of museums both in Taiwan and throughout the rest of the world. As a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 1983, I encountered first hand the fruitful interaction between the Peabody Museum of anthropology and its members. In the course of my visits to various museums over this past year, I repeatedly encountered the implementation of museum membership initiatives. In terms of furthering the growth of civilization and the arts, the need for these initiatives remains twofold. First, the museum can no longer exist solely as an intellectual institution for elite scholars, but must accommodate the needs of the public. Second, it is important for the public to recognize the museum's potential as a vehicle for artistic and cultural nourishment and, ultimately, for the cultivation of human nature. Thus, membership at the Museum will serve as an indication of an individual's role in and concern for the community.
In order to implement this program, the Museum has established the National Palace Museum Cultural Artifacts Development Fund, which will serve as the channel for Friends of the Museum memberships. (To find out more about supporting the Friends of the National Palace Museum program, please refer to the Museum's information leaflet). It is now my honor to present the Friends of the National Palace Museum program to the people of the world, and to sincerely entreat everyone to help protect and preserve the National Palace Museum's universal value to world civilization.
--- by Tu Cheng-sheng
from teh Ruins of Yin - The Writings of Ancient China
Hus Ya-hwei / Issued July, 2001 / NT$200
Over three thousand years ago, during the Shang dynasty, royal diviners inscribed some of the earliest examples of Chinese writing on turtle shells and animal bones. This guided introduction to these "oracle bones" offers a window onto the mysteries of ancient China.
Bronze - Ancient Inscriptions of the Western Chou
Issued July, 1990 / NT$300
|Catalogue of Western Chou
Bronze Inscriptions in the National Palace Museum
Issued July, 1990 / NT$2500
|Prehistoric Jade Artifacts
of the Yellow River Valley - Special Exhibition Catalogue
Yang Mei-li / Issued August, 2001 / NT$1500
This volume examines the prehistoric jades of the Yellow River valley from tow perspective. First, it discusses the cultural and intellectual context within which these jades were originally collected and displayed by the Ching court. Second, it draws upon modern anthropological, archeological, and mineralogical data to re-examine the original cultural meanings of these beautiful relics of the ancient world.
Buddhist Sculpture Through the Dynasties
Originating in India, Buddhism first spread to China during the first century A.D. This exhibition of bronze and stone Buddhist sculpture from the 5th to 17th century traces this evolution in the depiction of Buddhist figures.
The present collection of the National Palace Museum contains over 650,000 items, including nearly 70,000 antiquities, 10,000 works of painting, calligraphy, and embroidery, and 570,000 documents and manuscripts. To introduce visitors to the diversity of these objects, the museum exhibits a broad selection of artifacts through an ongoing series of long0term exhibitions.
One Hundred Gems from the National Palace Museum
Kaohsiung County Cultural Bureau, Kangshan
20001/9/8 - 2001/11/11
The third stop for the One Hundred Gems from the National Palace Museum traveling exhibition is the Kaohsiung County Cultural Bureau. Contents of the exhibition include thirty-one famous jade pieces that span course of Chinese history, thirty-two ceramics wares from the Sung, Ming, and Ching dynasties, and forty-three precious curios from the Ming and Ching court collections. Some of the curios on display include treasure cabinets, enamelware, ornaments, ru-yi scepters, gold objects, snuff bottles, Western pocket watches, and more. With such diverse offerings, this exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to sample the rich diversity of China's artistic legacy.
Symposium on Chinese Art and Cuture under the Mongols
Lecture Hall, Main Administration Building
In conjunction with the special exhibition Age of the Great Khan, The Museum has organized a two-day international symposium. Scholars specializing in calligraphy, painting, lacquer ware, ceramics, jade, and other art disciplines will discuss and analyze artistic and cultural developments during the Yuan dynasty. Specialized lectures are scheduled for each morning of the symposium.
Lecture and Discussion Series
Film Presentation - Age of the Great
Talks on the Age of the Great Khan
300 Years of French Painting Lecture
Weekend Family Activities
When Khubilai Khan Met Louis XIV
|Age of the Five Rulers ( ca. 27th
- 22nd cent. B.C.)
Hsia Dynasty (ca. 22nd - 16th cent. B.C.)
Shang Dynasty (16th - 11th cent. B.C.)
Western Chou Dynasty (11th - 8th cent. B.C.)
Eastern Chou Dynasty (8th - 3rd cent. B.C.)
Spring & Autumn Period (8th - 5 th cent. B.C.)
Warring States Period (5th - 3rd cent. B.C.)
Ch'in Dynasty ( 221 B.C. - 207 B.C.)
Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - A.D. 8)
Eastern Han Dynasty (A.D. 25 - 220)
Wei, Chin, Northern & Southern Dynasties (A.D. 220 - 589)
Sui Dynasty ( A.D. 581 - 618)
T'ang Dynasty (A.D. 618 - 907)
Five Dynasties Period (A.D. 907 - 960)
Northern Sung Dynasty (A.D. 960 - 1127)
Southern Sung Dynasty (A.D. 1127 - 1279)
Yuan Dynasty (A.D. 1279 - 1368)
Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368 - 1644)
Ch'ing Dynasty (A.D. 1644 - 1911)
Republic of China ( A.D. 1912 - Present)
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