"Discovering Taiwan: The Permanent Exhibition of the New Century, National Taiwan Musem Episode I" is the first permanent installment by the National Taiwan Museum (NTM) since the 21st century.
This exhibition traces an age of discovery of Taiwan’s natural history, naturalists, and the foundation of NTM’s collections; we also present the explorers and their investigation to manifest how Taiwan’s natural world has been “discovered” by modern natural history.
Displays 367 pieces of items, of which 265 objects are from the NTM collection. There are also some objects making their “historical debut” in the exhibition: the shell bead anklets of Mona Rudao, was collected by the Sakuma Foundation in the late 1920s.
The Exhibition are divided into three major sections: The Path to Discovery, Taiwan’s New Scopes, and The Past is the Future.
The first section focuses on the investigation of early 20th-century, through the field stories and collections by Ushinosuke Mori and Yonetaro Kikuchi.
The second section, focus on the naturalists and their significant findings:Takiya Kawakami, Tokuichi Shiraki, Yahachiro Okamoto, Yashuichi Horikawa;Jian-shan Chen(陳兼善) and his student Run-sheng Liang(梁潤生); Hotsuma Ozaki.
In the 1910s, Ushinosuke Mori instructed the production of Hakata Figurines for Taiwan’s indigenous tribes, and the Sakuma Foundation Collection was acquired of 1920’s. In 1960s, the deep-sea living fossil, Rumphius’ slit shell, created a great sensation. 1970s, "Hayasaka’s rhinoceros" was discovered. All the major discoverers and findings in the history of NTM grace this exhibit section with their presence.
The third section, we ask a question: “what do these historical specimens mean for the contemporary era? ”
In order to represent the collection and acquisition, many “historical labels” from the time of collection or acquisition are “exceptionally” displayed along with their “owners”.