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Split Yuan painting "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" to be reunited

01-18-2011 09:25 BJT

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Premier Wen Jiabao voiced his hope at the end of last year's NPC session, that the 14th century Yuan Dynasty painting "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" might at last be restored. The artwork is in two separate pieces, one held by the Chinese Mainland and the other by Taiwan. Now, after discussions and efforts contributed by both sides across the straits, the painting is about to be displayed in the Taipei Palace Museum in its entirety.

Representatives from the Zhejiang Provincial Museum and the Taipei Palace Museum signed the memo on Sunday. Both sides agreed that the ancient painting will be displayed in its entirety at an exhibition in the Taipei Palace Museum from June 1st to September 25th.

The exhibition marks the first time for the two parts to be reunited since they were torn apart and nearly destroyed 360 years ago. Part of the painting is housed at the Zhejiang Provincial Museum, while the other part is held at the Taipei Palace Museum.

Dwelling in the Fu Chun Mountains" was created by painter Huang Kungwang of the Yuan Dynasty. The ancient piece is considered to be the epitome of literati landscape painting, and has had an enormous influence on later eras.

The scroll depicts an idealized panorama of the Fu Chun Mountains, west of Hangzhou, to which Huang Kungwang returned in his later years following a long absence.

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