The Cultural Exchange Program (Kulturaustauschprogramm - KAP) offers young museum employees from China and Germany the opportunity to travel to China / Germany for three to four weeks, receiving museum training through guided tours, workshops and presentations by various curators and other museum staff. In a group of ten to twelve people, the scholars visit museums and other cultural institutions in three cities (Berlin, Dresden and Munich in Germany; Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai in China). There they have the opportunity to interact with the colleagues of the host country and discuss a broad range of topics which affect the Chinese as well as the European art world of today.
The program provides a unique opportunity to receive an introduction into the museum practice of the host country, while, at the same time, getting into an intercultural dialogue with colleagues, strengthening the mutual understanding between China and Germany and their art communities.
The Cultural Exchange Program (KAP) was launched on the occasion of the exhibition The Art of the Enlightenment in Beijing: a group of ten young employees of the National Museum of China came to Germany in 2010, with a return party of members of the national museums in Berlin, Dresden and Munich travelling to China in 2011. This year in April / May 2012, a second group of Chinese participants is expected in Germany, with a return German group scheduled to go to China in August / September. For 2012, the KAP has been listed as an official event in the EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue.
The program is designed towards sustainability, that is, a continuous, mutual exchange of researchers between the Chinese and German museum partners with the aim of a long term bilateral exchange.
For 2012, the KAP has been listed as an official event in the EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue.