The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Towards a Goal of Long-term Collaboration between Chinese and American Museums

Over the past two decades, the numerous exhibitions of Chinese art have been presented at American museums large and small. With few exceptions, however, these collaborations have generally been stand-alone projects rather than long-term partnerships. This paper explores whether it may be possible in future to create longer-term relationships and what form these partnerships might take. It begins by reviewing the recent exhibition Masterpieces of Early Chinese Painting and Calligraphy in American Collections at the Shanghai Museum and considers how this exhibition could become a model for future exchanges. The paper then explores a broad range of possible collaborations, including exhibitions, conservation, scholarly research, and audience outreach.