The $250 million museum, which was government-funded, was opened in late December, and has attracted over 20 000 visitors. Chan donated a group of bronzes which were influenced by a set of bronze figures which depicted the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The original sculptures were looted in 1860 from the Beijing's Summer Palace by Anglo-French troops. The historical event still resonates with China as an act which left the Chinese people humiliated.

Jackie Chan Image via Film.Ru Jackie Chan
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Defaced bronze at Image via the Guardian Taipei's National Palace Museum
Defaced bronze at
Image via the Guardian

Taiwanese activists, Chen Miao-ting and Chen Yi-ting, on December 30, vandalised the bronzes Chan donated by throwing paint over them. The pair went on to be charged with vandalism.

In a statement, they said: "We refuse to let any objects indicating [China's] cultural united front strategy or replicas from other cultures be displayed in our arts and cultural palace.''

Chan is viewed as pro-mainland, partly due to his decision made in 2009 to donate antique buildings to Singapore. The 350-year-old buildings were taken from South China, reconstructed in Singapore and are set to open on the campus of Singapore University of Technology and Design this year.