On Friday, September 28th, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Director Alex Nyerges signed a five-year cooperative agreement with Wang Chunfa, director of the National Museum of China in Beijing, to develop a cultural exchange between the two institutions.
The agreement will promote the exchange of exhibitions including The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger ― an exhibition organized by VMFA that will be travel to the National Museum of China ― facilitate loans of artwork from each museum’s collections and allow the museums to jointly organize major exhibitions together. It will also help to strengthen staff exchanges between VMFA and NMC and allow for the sharing of best practices in all areas of museum operations, from curatorial research and conservation to museum management.
“This historic agreement further strengthens the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ history of collaboration with Chinese cultural institutions,” said VMFA Director Alex Nyerges. “This year we shared some of China’s incredible treasures through our wildly successful Terracotta Army exhibition, which resulted in record-breaking attendance for the museum. We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead as we work with the National Museum of China on future exhibitions and exchanges.”
The National Museum of China is the largest museum in the world. It was established in 2003 with the merging of the National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of Chinese Revolution. It encompasses more than 2 million square feet and contains a permanent collection of more than one million objects. In 2017, it was the worlds’ second-most visited art museum.