TAIPEI (CNA) – An exhibition featuring artworks from Taiwan, the Netherlands and Japan and highlighting exchanges between the East and the West in the 17th century opened Thursday and will run through March 10 at the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei.
The exhibition, titled “Expedition to Asia – The Prominent Exchanges between East and West in the 17th Century” will showcase records and objects related to the journey of Western merchants and missionaries and Dutch envoys in Asia during China’s Qing dynasty.
The exhibition includes artworks collected by the NPM, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Umi-Mori Art Museum, the Museum of Oriental Ceramics in Osaka, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Tainan City government, the main library and the Graduate Institute of Art History of National Taiwan University.
NPM Director Chen Chi-nan (陳其南) said that through the exhibition, visitors will be able to see objects shipped by the Dutch East India Co. to Japan and Fort Zeelandia (The old Dutch Anping Fort) in Tainan in the 17th century as the Netherlands attempted to establish relations with the Qing court and the Japanese government.
The Dutch East India Co. was set up in 1602 and established a foothold in Taiwan in 1624. It brought many merchants and missionaries to the island.
The exhibition will allow people to get a grasp of the trade relations between Europe and Asia during that era, according to the museum.
By Sabine Cheng and Evelyn Kao