In 2011 the MWR and Beijing's Capital Museum entered into a cooperation and exchange agreement based on the principle of equal partnership. As such, the source museum is responsible for organizing and shipping its own exhibition items, as well as the related insurance and fees; the host museum provides and prepares the venue free of charge, and also provides accommodation for the personnel sent by the source museum.
In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the MWR, in November 2011 we held our first cooperative exhibition: The Wisdom of Huayan—Buddhist Art from Beijing's Capital Museum. Our second cooperative exhibition, Religious Art from around the World, was held in Beijing at the end of 2012; this was the first overseas exhibition for the MWR. The exhibition introduced the major religions of the world through a presentation of their respective histories, art, customs, and ceremonies.
Our hope is that the exhibition has given visitors a deeper understanding of different religions, so as to dispel prejudice and engender mutual appreciation and respect. The exhibition was also intended to present the profound beauty of sacred art, as well as increasing cross-strait understanding and harmony by introducing people in Beijing to Master Hsin Tao's teachings on truth, goodness, beauty, and sacredness. To be sure, each museum has its own character, but emphasizing the beauty and richness of our common heritage is an effective way to foster cross-strait communication and long-term peace.
Finally, for their generous support of the exhibition, we are grateful to the following sponsors: The Glorious Sun Group, Fubon Insurance Company, Pro-Diligence Charitable Foundation, Yue Hai Xiang Tian, Hao Chih Construction & Engineering Co., Ltd., Unitech, Bright Ideas Design, Liangmao Construction Co., Ltd., the Liu family, Jin Likun, Kong Qubo, and Shi Meijing.
Mr. Shao-Ying Chiang is the Director, Museum of World Religions. He has been a Dean,
Graduate Institute of Traditional Arts, National Taipei University of the Arts,
the chief of Traditional Art research center, the host of Taiwan Art Research and
Taiwan Museum Studies Research Plans. He is also a famous scholar of museum planning,
Traditional art research, Intangible Heritage, Cultural Policy assessment.
Mr. Chiang also has been involved in Arts Education law, Cultural Assets Preservation
Law, the drafting and amending commissioner of Museum laws, the General Governor
and Committee Member, ICH Section, Administration Headquarters of Cultural Heritage,
CCA. He is known for planning many museums of Taiwan, around 40 museums, like Museum
of World Religions, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum and so on.