Hong Kong Palace Museum Celebrates Official Opening
(22 June 2022, Hong Kong) Located in the West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong's newest arts and cultural landmark, the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM), held its opening ceremony today. The ceremony was co-organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. A collaborative project between the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) and the Palace Museum, the HKPM aims to promote the study and appreciation of Chinese art and culture as well as to foster dialogue between world civilisations. The opening of the museum marks a new chapter in the advancement of Chinese arts and culture in Hong Kong and signifies an important milestone for Hong Kong and the West Kowloon Cultural District in developing Hong Kong into an East-meets-West Centre for International Cultural Exchange as outlined in the National 14th Five-Year Plan.
The Palace Museum and J. Paul Getty Trust Sign Cooperation Agreement
On 14 December, Beijing time, the Palace Museum and the J. Paul Getty Trust of the United States held an online ceremony for the signing of a cooperation agreement regarding the fifth "Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer" workshop, which is to be held at the Palace Museum.
The Palace Museum and Zhejiang Ji Gong Public Welfare Foundation Sign Agreement to Jointly Promote China’s Outstanding Traditional Culture
On 8 October 2021 in the Studio of Esteemed Excellence (Jingsheng zhai) at the Palace of Established Happiness (Jianfu gong), the Palace Museum and Zhejiang Ji Gong Public Welfare Foundation signed an agreement to jointly promote China’s outstanding traditional culture by utilizing resources unique to each organization and developing videos with themes related to the Palace Museum to advance the innovative transformation and development of China’s outstanding traditional culture.
9th Gugong Studies Workshop for University Instructors
In order to expand the public appeal and influence of the Palace Museum, advance research in Gugong Studies, and promote Gugong Studies in higher education disciplines, with the support of Longfor Group and Longfor Foundation and organization by the Palace Museum, the Institute of Gugong Studies of the Palace Museum hosted the 9th Gugong Studies Workshop for University Instructors from 23 July to 6 August 2021 in the Forbidden City. The Palace Museum’s primary aim for this workshop was to develop and train qualified university teachers in Gugong Studies and provide university teachers aspiring to engage in Gugong Studies research and instruction with a systematic understanding of the basic methods and chief content of Gugong Studies to facilitate its teaching in university classrooms all while hoping to provide a place of exchange for Gugong Studies scholars and university instructors in which interdisciplinary dialogue may produce inspiration in an inclusive atmosphere and joint advancement of Gugong Studies research. Over thirty teachers from a total of twenty-seven schools in thirteen provinces and cities including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, University of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Jilin University, Shandong University, Wuhan University, Sichuan University, and Jinan University participated in the workshop. Eighteen experts in fields such as museum management, Gugong Studies, Ming and Qing palace history, heritage architecture, historical calligraphy and painting, arts and crafts, and cultural heritage preservation presented academic topics to the attendees. The workshop was successfully completed after fifteen days of systematic instruction. The successful completion of this workshop has great significance. Gugong Studies emphasizes the Palace Museum’s two-in-one world heritage and museum dual identity, which determines the extensity and inclusivity of Gugong research. Gugong Studies research combines the resources of the Palace Museum and diligently integrates fragmented and isolated research topics to develop an important platform for the academic influence of Gugong Studies. This workshop for university teachers strengthens the connection between the Palace Museum and society at large, especially institutions of higher education, and attracts the attention of a large body of scholars to the culture of the Palace Museum and Gugong Studies while advancing the promulgation of the Palace Museum’s culture and the development of Gugong Studies as an academic discipline and field of study. Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu
China-Pakistan Forum on Cultural Exchange and Heritage Conservation
On 15 July 2021, in commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan, the Palace Museum and the Department of Archaeology and Museums in the National Heritage and Culture Division of Pakistan jointly held the “China-Pakistan Forum on Cultural Exchange and Heritage Conservation” with ten invited Chinese and Pakistani experts presenting on cultural heritage topics. Due to the epidemic, the forum was held online. The opening ceremony was hosted by Zhao Guoying, deputy-director of the Palace Museum. Lou Wei, managing deputy-director of the Palace Museum, and Dr. Tahir Saeed, deputy-director of the Department of Archaeology and Museums in the National Heritage and Culture Division of Pakistan, both spoke during the ceremony.
Events at the Belvedere of Pleasant Sounds for the 20th Anniversary of the Selection of Kunqu as Intangible Cultural Heritage
Under the guidance of the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and with the Palace Museum and the Chinese National Academy of Arts as hosts, the Chinese Kunqu Opera and Guqin Research Association and the Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre organized events at the Belvedere of Pleasant Sounds (Changyin ge) in the Forbidden City to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the selection of Kunqu for the UNESCO as part of humanity’s oral and intangible cultural heritage.