How Exhibitions Flow: Governments, Museums, and Special Exhibitions in Taiwan

  • June Chi-Jung Chu
Part of the Creative Economy book series (CRE)


This chapter is a macro-oriented study on how and why the “flow-in” and “flow-out” of large-scale exhibitions in Taiwan have developed over the past two decades since the first blockbuster exhibition was held in 1993. Based on Appadurai’s framework of global cultural flows, I firstly provide an overview on how large-scale exhibitions were brought to Taiwan through Public-Private-Partnership. These exhibitions have developed to become smaller in scale and the themes of exhibitions have expanded considerably. I propose that the highly fluid feature of the small enterprises, and the government’s promotion of creative industries are the main factors explaining the multi-faceted presentation and the variety of exhibitions brought from abroad. Second, I discuss how the government has played a key role in sponsoring large-scale exhibitions to be sent abroad to promote Chinese, Taiwanese art and culture over different periods of time. Meanwhile, I disclose how the hidden agenda of promoting Taiwan as a political sovereignty was presented alongside the various exhibitions, mainly Venice Biennials and the exhibitions organized by National Palace Museum.

This chapter concludes that the private sector’s involvement explains the changes of large-scale exhibitions that have brought to Taiwan. Meanwhile, by authorizing museums as “agencies”, the government plays a crucial role in initiating and facilitating the “flow-out” of exhibitions from Taiwan. Last, both the government and the private sector have enhanced their interaction with Asian countries in recent years as the economic, cultural, and geopolitical factors all have made the regional dynamism much more active than before.


Special exhibitions Blockbuster exhibitions Public-Private-Partnership Cultural diplomacy National Palace Museum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • June Chi-Jung Chu
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  1. 1.Graduate Institute of Museum StudiesFu Jen Catholic UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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