On July 14, 2021, the 11th Trilateral Meeting of the Directors of National Museums was held via video link. The Meeting was chaired by Zeniya Masami, Executive Director of the Tokyo National Museum, Japan. Wang Chunfa, Director of the National Museum of China (NMC), and Min Byoung-chan, Director General of the National Museum of Korea,respectively attended the meeting in Beijing, China, and Seoul, South Korea.

The three museums unanimously agreed to continue to advance the cooperation projects worked out at the 10th meeting, conduct an online comparison of the joint exhibitions of the three museums, and share practices of cultural and creative industries to make cultural relics come alive.Measures will be taken to strengthen social media interaction and online activity development, as well as publicity and promotion. Academic symposiumswill be organizedto discuss the development direction of museums in the post-epidemic era. The Meetingalso confirmed that the 12th Trilateral Meeting of the Directors of National Museumswill be hosted by the NMCin 2022, along with supporting exhibitions.

Wang Chunfa introduced NMC’s main businesses since 2018 to the Japanese and South Korean sides, especially anti-epidemic measures and innovative initiatives the NMC has taken since the COVID-19 outbreak. He stated that the epidemic has had a great impact on museums and brought both challenges and opportunities to museums. In this context, theMeetingis of great significance and has setthe tone for museums to meet challenges, carry on fine traditional culture while pursuing innovation, and strengthen cooperationin the post-epidemic era. The NMC is willing to maintain close collaboration with Japanese and South Korean counterpartsto jointly discuss the future development path of museums.

2022 marks the 110th anniversary of the establishment of the NMC.Wang Chunfa sincerely invites the Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Korea to participate ineventsto be held in celebration of the anniversary at that time. In addition,in the spirit of pragmatism and friendly cooperation,the two sides are hoped to implement the consensus reached at the Meeting with the NMC to jointly explore the future development path of museums.