Wandering China

An East/West pulse of China's fourth rise from down under.

Torn ancient China painting joined in Taiwan [Channel News Asia]

A symbolic gesture toward eventual reunification?

– – –

Torn ancient China painting joined in Taiwan
Source – Channel News Asia, published June 1, 2011

A section of “The Remaining Mountain”, a part of “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”, is on display at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. AP Photo – Wally Santana

TAIPEI : One of China’s best-known ancient paintings, torn into two parts in the 17th century, was shown in its entirety in Taiwan Wednesday for the first time in more than 360 years.

China and Taiwan have one part each, and the fact that the two could be joined together for the first time in generations symbolised a broader trend of closer ties across the Taiwan Strait, officials said.

“It’s very much like destiny,” said Zhao Hongzhu, the head of the Communist party in east China’s Zhejiang province, the home of the mainland bit of the ancient piece of art, known as “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”.

“The exhibition is a critical step forward for cultural exchanges between the two sides,” said Zhao, who had accompanied his half of the painting across the Strait.

The painting, which is more than 600 years old, was partly destroyed in about 1650 when its owner, a rich collector, ordered it burned.

This was shortly before his death, and experts have speculated he was hoping to take it with him to the afterlife.

The collector’s nephew managed to salvage most of the painting, but not before it was torn in two, and for the next three and a half centuries they were never reunited.

Wednesday’s event at Taipei’s National Palace Museum came a little more than three years after China-friendly politician Ma Ying-jeou became the island’s president, ushering in a period of warmer relations with the mainland.

Despite the improved ties, hopes in the mainland that the Taipei museum would loan its larger section of the painting were unlikely to be realised any time soon.

Taipei fears it would not be returned by Beijing, which still considers the island part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

The National Palace Museum boasts more than 655,000 artefacts spanning 7,000 years from the Neolithic period to the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911.

They were removed from a Beijing museum in the 1930s to prevent them falling into the hands of invading Japanese troops and were taken to Taiwan by the Nationalists as they fled communist forces on the mainland.

– AFP/ir


Filed under: Back to China, Beijing Consensus, Channel News Asia, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, Democracy, History, Influence, International Relations, Nationalism, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Social, Taiwan, Territorial Disputes, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

2 Responses

  1. luenlin says:

    That was a rather friendly gesture between the two governments across the Taiwan Strait. The unification of the painting goes beyond the political ideology of the current situation and looks from a larger perspective that would be regarded as a significant milestone in the history.
    There is an outstanding description of the painting 富春山居圖 by 蔣勳:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,575 other followers

East/West headlines of Rising China

East/West headlines of Rising China

About Wandering China

Click to find out more about this project

Support //WC

Support Wandering China now - buy a Tee Shirt!

Be a champ - Support Wandering China - buy a Tee Shirt!

The East Wind Wave

China in images and infographics, by Wandering China

China in images and Infographics, by Wandering China

Wandering China: Facing west

Please click to access video

Travels in China's northwest and southwest

Wandering Taiwan

Wandering Taiwan: reflections of my travels in the democratic Republic of China

Wandering China, Resounding Deng Slideshow

Click here to view the Wandering China, Resounding Deng Slideshow

Slideshow reflection on Deng Xiaoping's UN General Assembly speech in 1974. Based on photos of my travels in China 2011.

East Asia Geographic Timelapse

Click here to view the East Asia Geographic Timelapse

A collaboration with my brother: Comparing East Asia's rural and urban landscapes through time-lapse photography.

Wandering Planets

Creative Commons License
Wandering China by Bob Tan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at Wanderingchina.org. Thank you for visiting //
web stats

Flag Counter

free counters
Online Marketing
Add blog to our directory.
%d bloggers like this: