Monday, December 28, 2015

Taiwan National Palace Museum Opening

Jackie attended the opening of the new branch of the Taiwan National Palace Museum in Chiayi today. As part of the promotions Jackie cycled from the Chiayi High Speed Railway Station alongside President Ma Ying-jeou to the ribbon-cutting in front of the new museum.













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Some of China's most valuable historic artifacts went on display in Taiwan Monday at a new branch of one of the world's top museums, as the island pushes its credentials as a cultural destination.

The 9,000 square meter venue in the southern city of Chiayi is an extension of Taipei's famous National Palace Museum -- one of the most popular museums in the world, drawing more than five million visitors each year.

The new attraction opens as Taiwan attempts to diversify its stagnating economy, with tourism a key area for growth, and officials hope the museum will lure more visitors to the rural south.

The opening comes after a catalogue of delays due to flooding, and disagreements with the venue's original architect -- it has taken 15 years to complete.

"We hope to attract up to 1.5 million visitors in the first year," said Feng Ming-chu, director of both the Taipei and Chiayi museums.

The new venue will target domestic visitors from the south as well as foreign tourists, with the museum to be included in travel packages, said Feng.

The flagship Taipei museum boasts more than 655,000 Chinese artifacts spanning 7,000 years from the prehistoric Neolithic period to the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911.

They were removed from the Beijing Palace Museum in the 1930s by China's Nationalist government to prevent them falling into the hands of invading Japanese troops.

The collection was then transported to Taiwan by the Nationalists after they were defeated by Chinese communist forces and fled the mainland in 1949.

SOURCE: YAHOO.COM


Jackie donated a set of 12 Zodiac heads to the museum. The artistic team responsible for the creation of the zodiac heads worked with the museum for three years to finalize the exhibit.









Jackie had this message about the museum and his donation of the zodiac heads:

Dear friends, Hello, everyone!

Many people have asked me what my reason is for wanting to build this zodiac copper head? Here, I would like to share some stories of my heart. Around 2000, when I saw the news that there was an auction house auctioning Yuanmingyuan relics internationally - the zodiac animal heads. This was the first time I noticed it, and then after a year , even I bid on a tiger! I began to want to seriously study this matter, but also to find someone to investigate its historical background, because this is really the trigger to my heart thinking a lot of things.

All along, I will go in my films speak for some of my heritage, civilization and respect for ideas, in addition to "Zodiac," and "Operation Condor", "The Myth" and so on ...... I was in the movie learn slowly, and with more and more, more and more profound feelings, I think it's actually something everyone should do. To be honest, I think the idea for Zodiac developing for many years, because Zodiac itself is one of the best issues and representatives of the story as the whole world knows it. But do not think it took longer, which is really very complex process, several years, from looking for the person in charge, design, research, to find the master, constantly try to continuously repair, and failed to do, totally regardless of the cost because I agree with the artistic team to do well, and not just mimic or restore. From the beginning, before filming, I had to think clearly, they are to make works of art, made ​​of a can convey the news of "time capsule" so that more people understand: the culture belongs to the world cultural heritage of mankind, no matter in which country, regardless of national strength, heritage should not be occupied by any person, learn to respect different different civilizations It should become the consensus of all mankind.

I really wanted to make this concept to stay longer, scattered farther, meet more people, also led to more thinking. So I'm going to donate these copper head, scattered around the globe, and as far as possible across race, across geographies.

At this stage, very pleased and very grateful that we have completed the ceremony National Museum of Asian Civilisations Singapore
and exhibitions, today also completed the opening of the National Palace Museum in Taipei, in addition to several museums are still being discussed.

Our future goal is to finalize the seven sets of copper head permanently settled in the world's seven world-class museums, you can
head to the implication of the concept of copper in different ethnic groups, different communities, whether after a hundred years or longer, It can be enough to have been passed on.

Sincerely thank you for your support!
Jackie
December 28, 2015



各位親愛的朋友,大家好!

很多人問過我,是什麼原因讓我想要打造這十二生肖銅頭?在這裡,我也想跟大家分享一些我心中的故事。大約在2000年的時候,我看到新聞說國際上有間拍賣行拍賣了一個圓明園的文物——十二生肖的獸首,這是我第一次注意到這件事,然後隔了一年,竟然又拍了一個虎頭!我就開始想要認真研究這個事情,還找人去調查它的歷史背景,因為這真的觸發到我內心一直在反復思考的很多事情。

一直以來,我都會在我的電影裡去講一些我對於文物保護、文明尊重的想法,除了《十二生肖》,還有《飛鷹計畫》、《神話》等等……我也是在電影裡慢慢學習的,並且有了越來越多、越來越深刻的感觸,我覺得這本來就是每個人都應該去做的事情。老實講,再造十二生肖這個想法我想了很多年,因為十二生肖本身就是一個最好的議題和代表,它的故事全世界都知道。但從想到做又花了更久,其中的過程真是很複雜,好幾年的時間,從找負責人、設計、研究、到找師傅,不斷試、不斷修,失敗了又再做,完全不計成本,因為我跟藝術團隊的共識就是要做好,而不僅僅是模仿或還原,從一開始,在電影開拍之前,我就已經想清楚了,它們是要做成藝術品的、做成一個能夠傳達訊的“時空膠囊”,讓更多人理解到:人類的文化遺產是屬於全世界的,無論在哪個國家、無論民族強弱,文物都不應該被任何人侵佔,學會尊重不同異文明的文化應當成為全人類的共識。
我真的很想讓這樣的理念留得更久、散得更遠,遇見更多人、也引發更多的思考。所以我要把這些銅頭捐出來,分散到全球各處,並且盡可能地跨種族、跨地域。
現階段,很高興也很感謝,我們已經完成了新加坡國立亞洲文明博物館的捐贈儀式

和展覽,今天也完成了臺北故宮博物院的揭幕,另外仍有幾家博物館正在討論中。我們未來的目標是要最終完成七套銅頭在世界七大國際級博物館的永久入駐,可以 把銅頭所蘊涵的理念,在不同族群、不同社群,不管是一百年還是更久以後,都能 夠一直傳遞下去。

衷心感謝大家的支持!
成龍
2015年12月28日

2 comments:

Annet said...

I think it's really great that in a time where money seems to rule Jackie Chan is doing (and had done for so long) something to make people and especially the young aware of their herritage. China has a long and rich past. Around the world ( in Serya and Egypt) you see history being destroyed and/or stolen. This is a great wonderful initiative from Jackie Chan.

Said it so many times but he really lives by a busy and fixed chedule. It works to.

Dagmar Crmanova said...

According to the photos the Opening of the Taiwan National Palace Museum was a spectacular and a special event and Jackie´s gift, the set of the bronze Chinese Zodiac heads will be a great treasure. The idea to make 7 such seats is really wonderful and now I am just curious where they will be placed.

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