Ex­hi­bi­tion shows peo­ple’s de­sire for cul­tural en­joy­ment

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - ON THURS­DAY,

there were so many vis­i­tors to the Shang­hai Mu­seum for the open­ing day of the ex­hi­bi­tion “A His­tory of the World in 100 Ob­jects from the Bri­tish Mu­seum”, that they had to queue in line for at least five hours in or­der to see it. Thep­a­per.cn com­ments:

In 2016, when the Suzhou Mu­seum held a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion of Ital­ian Re­nais­sance paint­ings, vis­i­tors also formed long lines.

These long queues show that with their liv­ing stan­dards raised, peo­ple now want to en­rich their lives with cul­ture.

Some might ar­gue that or­di­nary peo­ple are not art ex­perts and they do not un­der­stand much about the ex­hib­ited pieces. That might be cor­rect, but it is a pos­i­tive sign that they want to view the ex­hi­bi­tions. The value of mu­se­ums lies in show­ing or­di­nary peo­ple the cul­tural le­gacy of the past, and in mak­ing cul­ture in­clu­sive.

There­fore, the long lines outside mu­se­ums are to be wel­comed.

But these are a chal­lenge, too, be­cause the long queues show the sup­ply of cul­tural prod­ucts is not suf­fi­cient to meet peo­ple’s de­mands. It is time for pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions such as mu­se­ums and li­braries to hold more cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties of var­i­ous kinds so that peo­ple have more op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy and ap­pre­ci­ate the arts.

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