Jason SUN 孫志新
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Opportunities and Challenges: Sending Exhibitions to China

The last decade or so has witnessed a rapid increase in collaborations between the Metropolitan Museum and its Chinese counterparts. The Met has hosted several exhibitions from China, including China: Dawn of a Golden Age 200-750 AD (2004), The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty (2010), and The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City (2011), to name only a few. At the same time, the Met has lent a number of artworks to Chinese museums, either as part of Met-curated shows or by participating in Chinese-organized exhibitions. Two recent Met-organized exhibitions are Earth, Sea and Sky - Nature in Western Art: Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which opened at the National Museum of China in January, 2013 and The American West in Bronze: 1850-1925, which opened at the Nanjing Museum this September.

During the last two years the Met has twice lent works to the Shanghai Museum: Twenty-nine Song and Yuan paintings in 2013 and a prized set of ancient Chinese bronze ritual vessels this November. While these exchanges have augmented mutual understanding and created exciting opportunities, they have also brought unprecedented challenges. This paper aims to examine and share the Metropolitan's experiences with colleagues at the conference.