ROC Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanessa Yea-ping Shih congratulated April 1 the Visegrad Group, comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, on its 10th anniversary of accession to the EU. As part of celebrations commemorating the event, the four EU member states will stage a numbers of cultural events in Taiwan commencing in mid-May. These include a film festival touring 10 locations and a June concert led by Taipei Symphony Orchestra principal conductor Gilbert Varga. Shih described the events as special opportunities for local audiences to gain deeper understanding of central European cultural heritage.


Taipei City-based National Palace Museum signed a memorandum of understanding March 31 with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco to facilitate exhibit exchanges. Under the agreement, a collection of NPM treasures will be sent to San Francisco in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the AAMSF. In return, an AAMSF exhibition will open in 2017 at the NPM southern branch in Chiayi County, southern Taiwan.


The third stop of Taiwan artist Wu Chi-tsung’s first U.K. solo exhibition “Recalibrate” will open April 4 at Sheffield’s Site Gallery. Running until May 31, the exhibition is part of the 100-day Yorkshire Festival 2014 leading up to the northern British city’s hosting of a stage of the Tour de France. Installations include “Dust,” a work created during Wu’s 2006 residency at Site Gallery, “Crystal City 003” and “Wrinkled Texture.” Wu’s exhibition is supported by the ROC Ministry of Culture, U.K. Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Peter Scott Gallery of Lancaster University. (YHC-JSM)