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Partnership in the Promotion of Cultural Heritage

FROM 01/04/2012 TO 01/01/2016

Location: Beijing National Museum of China - China and Rome, Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Venezia - Italy

Main organizer(s): Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities of the Italian Republic
Partners EU: /
Partners China: State Administration of Cultural Heritage of the People's Republic of China - SACH

The State Administration of Cultural Heritage of the China (SACH) and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities of Italy (MiBAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2010. According to this Memorandum, they will establish a long lasting partnership in the area of governance of museums and cultural sites. In particular the agreement focuses on two projects:

  • the institution and musealisation on a five year basis of an exclusive exhibition space in the National Museum of Palazzo Venezia in Rome, as a display to promote Chinese culture, starting in April 2012
  • an exclusive space in the National Museum of China on Tian'an men Square in Beijing, as a display to promote Italian culture, starting in April 2012.

Both showcases should focus on the cultural and artistic developments of the two countries, presenting works of the past as well as modem and contemporary.

In this context, the Italian side will open this cooperation in spring 2012, by proposing a comprehensive exhibition on "Florence and the Renaissance" (April 2012- April 2013) to be held at the National Museum of China in Beijing. The exhibition, based on a sound scientific and didactic approach, aims to present the key expressions of the Florentine Renaissance. The itinerary develops, according to a chronological sequence of works, mostly paintings and sculptures of the major artists of the fifteenth and early sixteenth century. This exhibition includes a core of "masterpieces" of the leading personalities of the time: Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo in relation to contemporary and leading members of the Medici family.

The Chinese party will open this partnership with an exhibition titled "Inscrutable Orient - Early Chinese Decorative Arts", showcasing ancient antiques with relatively strong decorative flavors: painted pottery wares, jade objects, bronze wares and lacquer wares from the Pre-Qin period (before 221 BC) of Chinese history. This exhibition, from the perspective of decorative arts, intends to display the styles and characteristics of early Chinese decorative arts and demonstrate the pluralistic unity of Chinese civilization.