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Taiwan's Treasures

The vision for the NPM Southern Branch is to be a world-class museum of Asian arts and culture and one that integrates the Asian theme with the local culture of Taiwan

"The new Southern branch of the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taibao City, Chiayi County, was created as a parallel cultural attraction for Southern Taiwan to match the Northern Counterpart. A strategy very similar to the Louvre in France with the opening of the outpost in Lens"

Set as 'an Asian Art and Culture Museum', the NPM Southern Branch is a big scale national museum focusing on Asian arts and culture. The museum sits within an impressive 50 hectare-wide park that also enables visitors to experience the multicultural environment of Asia as well as the unique cultural and creative services offered in Taiwan. The vision for the NPM Southern Branch is to be a world-class museum of Asian arts and culture and one that integrates the Asian theme with the local culture of Taiwan. This is being fulfilled through various innovative and high-tech exhibition methods, unique architectural designs, and themed activity spaces. The curatorial team plan various rich and diverse Asian art and culture exhibitions by examining and interpreting its artefact collection from a macro-perspective. NPM Director Fung Ming Chu describes the vision for the galleries as "Pan-Asian heritage and exchange of Asian cultures are the main concepts of the museum displays. As per the concept, there are 8 galleries: Temporary gallery, Treasure gallery, Special gallery, Tea Culture gallery, Ceramics gallery, Chiayi Culture & History gallery, Buddhist Art gallery, and Textile gallery."

Different display themes for galleries are planned regularly, including rotating collections from the National Palace Museum Taipei as well as artefacts from renowned international museums such as from The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. Among the collection of NPM Southern Branch, we are proud to include the world-famous Taiwanese signature treasure €ËœJadeite Cabbage with Insects€€Å¾Â¢ and the 'Tibetan Dragon Sutra'.

In the future, the artefacts on display from permanent exhibitions will change at intervals among NPM's collection, while the NPM will cooperate with other international museums to provide the visitors with shorter term special exhibitions regarding Asian cultural exchange in order to present exhibitions with rich and diversified artefacts.

With an expectation of 2 million visitors in the first year, the new NPM Southern Branch is set to delight visitors with galleries boasting significant collections of artefacts spanning 7000 years of historical importance. ClickNetherfield is delighted to have played such a significant role in the creation of all seven galleries. The ClickNetherfield cases contain many bespoke elements including the very latest aesthetic and conservation technologies. Low reflective glass, active humidity controls and an individually DMX controlled state-of-the art lighting system which can be managed via a tablet PC are but a few of the specification details that were included.

Summarised by Director Fung: "ClickNetherfield provided 172 freestanding showcases across the museum in 8 different galleries with an individual lighting controlling system that allows users to adjust light levels remotely via wireless iPad control" "During the design phase of the project the tender drawings have been made based on the opinion of staff in Taipei NPM from their experience in managing and preserving artefacts." "The requirement for the showcases is to ensure the security of the artefacts, the perseverance of the artefacts, and the focused lighting to enhance the beauty of the artefacts."

The key functionality principles we considered were practical operation, safety and case security for handlers; maintenance of a pH neutral environment and humidity conditioning to preserve the artefacts contained within; aesthetic quality for the visitor using the anti-reflective glass and focused lighting to depict the details and beauty of artefacts.

During the installation of the project, there were many challenges facing the opening, including the devastation of Tyhpoon Sodelour, Taiwan's worst storm in twenty years. As Director Fung explains "the opening date of the museum was set in 2017 according to Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of Interior Taiwan. However due to the demands from the mayor of Chiayi County and the central government, the opening date of NPM Southern Branch was brought forward to 2015". "Despite the numerous challenges, after strong efforts and good coordination between all project contractors, the museum was open to the public on 28th December 2015 as targeted."

How the visitors feel about the museum represents how I feel about the completed museum, the galleries and exhibitions are widely praised by the visitors. The space used for displays is relatively small compared to the entire building and the space within the galleries cannot be fully utilized due to the architect's design concept of the museum. However, the museum building is exquisite matching the highest standards of construction and the galleries with their rich displays accentuate each other. I'm very pleased with the freestanding showcases from ClickNetherfield, especially after the lighting focusers finished their work. The excellent lighting along with the superior light transmittance of the low reflective glass offers the best depiction of the artefacts within the National Palace Museum.

Of ClickNetherfield, Director Fung commented further, "In Taiwan, there is no company which manufactures and installs showcases which meet the requirement of international topnotch museums, and the installation crew from ClickNetherfield managed to complete all the freestanding showcases across the galleries for the opening date despite being under great time pressures."

The project complied with Government Procurement Law in Taiwan, and the bidding procedures were open and transparent. After evaluation, we chose the most advantageous tender for this project. Of the companies that were able to provide freestanding showcases that met the specification, ClickNetherfield outperformed the rest by offering the highest quality specifications to become the most advantageous contractor for the National Palace Museum Southern Branch.

ClickNetherfield provided 172 freestanding showcases across the museum in 8 different galleries with an individual lighting controlling system that allows users to adjust light levels remotely via wireless iPad control.

Fung Ming Chu, Director

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What's Inside

Main concepts of the displays include pan-Asian heritage and exchange of Asian cultures

Museum

Taiwan national Palace museum

Date

December 2015

Cases Used

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