International Workshop on
Curating and Conserving Religious Objects in Museums

Date: 16 November to 17 November 2019
Venue: Jixianting Auditorium, Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum


The National Palace Museum houses a wealth of Asian religious artifacts, most of which came from the imperial Qing court collection. Since the museum's relocation to Taiwan, this collection has over the years been supplemented by acquisitions and donations. Both the Northern and Southern branches of the museum have religious art galleries which connect different regions and ethnic groups across Asia and provide visitors with diverse views of the museum collection.


As a way to showcase the museum's efforts in promoting religious art across Asia and to strengthen cooperation with museums in neighboring countries, the International Workshop on Curating and Conserving Religious Objects in Museums will be held from 16 to 17 November 2019, at Jixianting Auditorium, Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum. International scholars and museum professionals from home and abroad have been invited to discuss issues related to the collection, display, conservation and restoration of religious artifacts in museums.


This workshop will comprise the following three major themes:

  1. Curatorial Practices of Religious Display – to look at different religious art exhibitions, and to talk about their curatorial concepts, planning process and various considerations.
  2. Multiple Values and Interpretations of Religious Objects – to investigate into the relationship between religious objects, social communities and museums, and to discuss the cultural meaning and significance that have been accumulated or transformed over time.
  3. Management and Conservation of Religious Objects – to examine managing and conserving practices in museums, and to analyze a wide range of related issues.

We expect to explore the various aspects of the above themes from practical experiences, academic research and international trends, and to consider the diverse possibilities of the future development of the museum.