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Wang Xudong, male, Han ethnicity, was born in February 1967. He is a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and holds a doctorate in engineering. Wang began his career in August 1990 and is now a Senior Research Fellow in Museology (the highest professional title).
Wang consecutively served as deputy director and director of the Institute for Conservation Research of the Dunhuang Academy as well as assistant to the director of the Academy. Later, he served as deputy director of the Academy; executive deputy director of the Academy and deputy secretary of the Academy’s Party Committee; secretary of the Academy’s Party Committee and executive deputy director of the Academy; and the Academy’s director and Party secretary. Currently, he is a member of the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. He is also the director of the Palace Museum, responsible for comprehensive management of the Museum and overseeing the Director’s Office and Foreign Affairs Department (Office of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs).
Wang has long been dedicated to the conservation of grottoes, ancient murals, and earthen ruins and the research on cultural heritage monitoring, precaution, and preventative conservation. Since 1991 when he started working in cultural heritage preservation, he has led over 60 projects involving the protection and maintenance of major national-level protected historical and cultural sites and undertaken over 20 national or provincial/ministerial-level research projects. Besides, he has led or participated as a key member in more than 10 international cooperation projects in partnership with cultural heritage protection and management institutions in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, and other countries. So far, Wang has published over 170 academic papers. He is listed as the head author of six works including Essential Technology in the Conservation of Earthen Ruins and Specifications for the Research of Ancient Murals. He has received about a dozen national and provincial/ministerial-level awards in the fields of science and technology including the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation award for scientific and technological innovation and over 20 patents for technological invention. In addition, he led the formulation of five national and industry technical standards. Wang has received many honors including National Outstanding Professional in Science and Technology, Top-notch Innovative Talent in the Publicity and Culture System, May 1st Labor Medal of Gansu Province, Outstanding Expert of the Ministry of Culture, Outstanding Expert of Gansu Province, and Model Worker of Gansu Province. He was selected for the Recruitment Program for Top Talent and the Gansu Provincial Leading Talent Program. He is an alternate member of the 20th CPC Central Committee.
Secretary of the Museum's Party Committee, Deputy Director
Du Haijiang, male, Han ethnicity, was born in June 1965. He is a member of the Communist Party of China and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Du began his career in July 1989 and is now a Senior Engineer (the highest professional title).
Du once served as deputy commander of the 16th Bureau of the Ministry of Railways; general manager, vice chairman, and deputy Party secretary of the 6th Engineering Branch of China Railway 16th Bureau Group Corp., Ltd.; deputy director general of the Finance and Planning Department of the Ministry of Culture; deputy director general of the Finance Department of the Ministry of Culture; deputy director of the National Museum of China; deputy head of the General Office and director of the Service Center of the Ministry of Culture; director and deputy Party secretary of the Service Center of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism; chairman of Beijing Sunny International Communications Ltd.; and chairman of Beijing Sunny Convention and Exhibition Ltd. Du is currently the Party secretary and a deputy director of the Palace Museum. He oversees the Human Resources Department, Audit Office, Employee Union Office, Department of Security Technology, Department of Infrastructure Construction, and the Forbidden City Publishing House.
Lou Wei, male, Han ethnicity, was born in October 1970. He is a member of the Communist Party of China and holds a bachelor’s degree in history. Beginning his career in August 1993, Lou is a Senior Research Fellow in Museology (the highest professional title).
Lou once served as deputy director and then director of the Collection Management Department of the Palace Museum, assistant to the director of the Palace Museum, and deputy director of the Palace Museum. He is now executive deputy director of the Palace Museum and member of the Hong Kong Palace Museum Board. His current role involves oversight of the Finance Office, Budget Office, Facilities, Planning and Construction Office, Department of Architectural Heritage, Department of Heritage Architectural Technologies, the Institute of World Heritage Monitoring, Department of Construction Management, Administrative Services Department, and he also participated in the oversight of Foreign Affairs Department (Office of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs).
Since he began his career, Lou has been involved in authentication and study of ancient Chinese calligraphy and painting works as well as comprehensive management of the museum. In terms of management experience, he has participated in the drafting and revision of a series of work plans and regulations including “The Palace Museum Comprehensive Development Plan 2003-2020,” “The Palace Museum Collection Management Work Plan 2004-2010,” and “The Palace Museum Collection Management Regulation.” He led or participated in the collection management projects from 2004 to 2010 and organized collection of major cultural relics such as a bronze Kezhong from the late Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 B.C.), An Ode to Dispatching Troops, a writing dating back to the Sui Dynasty (581-618), and Combined Calligraphy Scroll of Ming Emperors Zhu Yuanzhang and Zhu Houcong from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Besides, he has actively promoted cooperation between Chinese and foreign museums and cultural institutions and organized a variety of cultural relics exhibitions and academic exchanges with the U.S., Russia, Greece, Afghanistan as well as China’s regions of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. In his research work, Lou has focused on styles and works of painters from the Wu School in the Ming Dynasty and those in and around Taihu Lake area. His studies focus on offering solutions to the problems that existed in calligraphy and painting works passed down from previous dynasties. In addition to one book, he has also published a number of papers on cultural relics authentication and research in such journals as Cultural Relics, The Palace Museum Journal, and Journal of the National Museum of Chinese History. Moreover, he participated in the compilation of several volumes regarding paintings of The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum and organized large-scale exhibitions such as “Court Painting under the Qianlong Emperor.” He independently completed or organized a series of research projects including “The Life and Art of Yao Shou” and “Notes and Study on Authentication of Liu Jiu’an’s Calligraphy and Painting Works.”
Ren Wanping, female, Han ethnicity, was born in December 1964. She is a member of the Communist Party of China and holds a master’s degree in history. After beginning her career in August 1990, Ren is now a Senior Research Fellow in Museology (the highest professional title).
Ren was deputy director of the Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual and deputy director and then director of the Department of Objects and Decorative Arts of the Palace Museum. She now serves as deputy director of the Palace Museum. She was a specialist with the National Project for the Compilation of Qing Dynasty History. She is also vice chairman of the Chinese Museums Association. Her current role involves oversight of the Department of Paintings and Calligraphy, the Department of Objects and Decorative Arts, the Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual, and the Library of the Palace Museum.
Ren primarily focuses on studying political systems, etiquettes and customs of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), especially imperial rituals and customs that integrated various features of the historical period. She has developed an evidential methodology which combines academic publications, archival resources, and examination of cultural relics to produce analysis of the origin and development of Qing Dynasty rituals and customs. In recent years, she has introduced image studies to her methodology to verify, analyze, and supplement documents and archives related to the Qing Dynasty. She has given lectures in museums and universities at home and abroad, vividly describing the imperial rituals and customs and the cultural significance embedded in traditional culture that should be preserved and promoted.
Ren has curated and directed several large-scale comprehensive exhibitions at the Palace Museum including “Dragon and Phoenix: Qing Emperors’ Grand Weddings,” “The World Rejoices as One: Celebrating Imperial Birthdays in the Qing Dynasty,” “Celebrating the Spring Festival in the Forbidden City,” and “Everlasting Splendor: Six Centuries at the Forbidden City.” She has also curated a series of themed and comprehensive exhibitions at home and abroad. She is chief author and compiler of a dozen books and has published dozens of papers and monographs.
Zhu Hongwen, female, Han ethnicity, was born in October 1971. She is a member of the Communist Party of China and holds a master’s degree in history. After beginning her career in July 1997, Zhu is now a Senior Research Fellow in Museology (the highest professional title).
Zhu previously served as head of the Director’s Office of the Palace Museum and secretary for the Palace Museum’s Commission for Discipline Inspection. She now serves as deputy director of the Palace Museum. Her current role involves oversight of the Office of Legal Affairs, Department of Retirement Services, Department of IT, Imaging, and Digital Media, Department of Publicity and Education (Office of the ICOM International Training Center for Museum Studies), and the Public Area Management Department.
Zhu was editor-in-chief of Ninety Years of the Palace Museum and The Early History of the Palace Museum (1925-1949). She planned and edited various publications including Collections of Archives of the Palace Museum – Work Reports (1925-1949) and Palace Museum in Service – A Study of the Palace Museum’s Model for Tourism and Public Services. She has consecutively served as the deputy editor-in-chief and editor-in-chief of The Palace Museum Annual Report since its inception in 2004. She wrote “The Palace Museum Work Plan 2011-2015” and “Survey for Long-term Development at the Palace Museum,” and organized the drafting of “Implementation of the ‘Safe Museum, Secure Palace’ Project” and “‘Safe Museum, Secure Palace’ Project Strategy.” In addition, she planned and coordinated the production and publicity of several documentaries and cultural programs such as Masters in the Forbidden City, National Treasure (Season One and Two), and There Is Something New in the Palace Museum (Season One and Two).
Zhao Guoying, female, Han ethnicity, was born in February 1963. She is a public figure without party affiliation. She holds a doctorate in literature. After beginning her career in July 1987, Zhao is now a Senior Editor (the highest professional title).
Zhao was deputy editor-in-chief and then editor-in-chief of the Forbidden City Publishing House under the Palace Museum. She was head of the Department of Publications (Calligraphy and Painting and Education Center) of the Palace Museum while serving as editor-in-chief of the Forbidden City Publishing House and heading the Research Office of the Palace Museum. She was vice-chairman of the Palace Museum’s Academic Committee and editor-in-chief of The Palace Museum Journal. She now serves as deputy director of the Palace Museum. Her current role involves oversight of the Research Administration Department, Department of Conservation Science, Institute of Gugong Studies, Research Office, Archaeology Institute, and Cultural Heritage Protection Standardization Institute.
Zhao has been involved in the planning and compilation of publications including The Complete Calligraphic Works of Mi Fu, Precious Collection of the Stone Moat, The Palace Museum Painting Catalogue, The Palace Museum Collection of Renowned Calligraphic Works from Previous Dynasties, Grand View of the Finest Chinese Calligraphy from Previous Dynasties, The Collected Works of Xu Bangda, Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum, and Classics of the Forbidden City.
The books she compiled have received various awards including the Special Golden Award for the National Excellent Art Publication, National Excellent Art Book Award, Chinese Outstanding Publication Award, and the Chinese Government Award for Publishing.
Zhao has published various academic papers including “Study on Authentication of Private Collections of Calligraphy and Painting Works in the Early-Qing Dynasty” and “Analyzing the Correlation Between Paintings and Authentication of Collections in the Late-Ming and Early-Qing Dynasties from the Study on Wang Jian’s Paintings.” She also published the book Study of Paintings of Wang Jian.
Wang Yuegong, male, Han ethnicity, born in January 1969, without party affiliation, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree. Beginning his career in August 1991, he is now a Senior Research Fellow in Museology (the highest professional title).
Wang successively served as deputy director and director of the Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual of the Palace Museum. He now works as deputy director of the Palace Museum, director of the Institute of Court Opera of the Palace Museum and a postdoctoral supervisor at the museum’s Postdoctoral Research Center. He is also in charge of the Merchandising Supervision Department, the Collection Management Department, the Exhibition Department, the Forbidden City Publishing House, the North District Management Department, and the Cultural Products and Services.
For decades, Wang has been primarily engaged in the preservation, sorting, and study of court collectibles and the planning and curation of various exhibitions. He led a project to sort and review all court collectibles in the Palace Museum. His primary research areas are cultural relics of Tibetan Buddhism and court opera. Invited by the National Cultural Heritage Administration, he has helped other museums with collectible appraisal and grading many times. He has published many papers such as “Research on Yuan Dynasty Tantric Buddhist Sculptures at Feilai Peak, Hangzhou,” “On Classical Chinese Qin-Zither of Emperor Qianlong’s Court,” and “Several Historical Questions Regarding Tibetan Buddhism in the Yongzheng Court.” Wang has participated in the compilation of voluminous monographs such as Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum: Tibetan Buddhist Sculptures, Complete Collection of Palace Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and The Fortune and Longevity of Sumeru: An Encounter between the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and the Palace Museum. He has directed dozens of exhibitions in the Palace Museum and other museums, both in China and abroad, including “Lingering Voice of the Sages: The Culture of Qin” in the Palace of Accumulated Purity, “Lightness of Essence,” “Beyond Boundaries: Cartier and the Palace Museum Craftsmanship and Restoration Exhibition,” “Beauty Unites Us – Chinese Art from the Vatican Museums,” and “Mirroring the Heart of Heaven and Earth – Ideals and Images in the Chinese Study.”
Secretary of the Museum's Party Committee, Deputy Director
Luo Xianliang, male, Han ethnicity, born in June 1979, is a member of the Communist Party of China. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management and began his career in July 2002.
Luo successively served as deputy director and then director of the Office of the Human Resources Department of the Ministry of Culture, director of the Office of the Human Resources Department of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT), director and first-level investigator of the Talent Division of the MCT Human Resources Department , and secretary of the Discipline Inspection Commission of the Palace Museum. He now works as deputy Party secretary and deputy director of the Palace Museum. He is in charge of the Party Committee Office, the Security Department, and the Fire Services Department and assists the management of the Director’s Office and the Human Resources Department.
Li Jun, male, Han ethnicity, born in January 1979, is a member of the Communist Party of China. He holds a bachelor’s degree as well as an MPA degree and began his career in July 2002.
Li successively served as deputy director