Mu­se­ums from around world plan joint show

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By WANG KAIHAO in Fuzhou wangkai­[email protected]­

Eigh­teen na­tional-level mu­se­ums are to join hands in a ma­jor cul­tural relics ex­hi­bi­tion next year in Bei­jing to pro­mote bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of dif­fer­ent civ­i­liza­tions.

The plan was an­nounced dur­ing a two-day con­fer­ence of the In­ter­na­tional Al­liance of Mu­se­ums of the Silk Road, which wrapped up on Sun­day in Fuzhou, Fu­jian prov­ince.

Huang Zhenchun, sec­re­taryof the al­liance and also deputy direc­tor of the Na­tional Mu­seum of China in Bei­jing, an­nounced that the ex­hi­bi­tion will open in the mu­seum in March.

The Silk Road was an an­cient Eurasian net­work of trade routes that grad­u­ally de­vel­oped since China’s Western Han Dy­nasty (202 BC-AD 24). And its mar­itime coun­ter­part also roughly ap­peared dur­ing the same pe­riod.

“The ex­hibits will re­flect the his­tory of trade, cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion, spread of tech­nol­ogy, and the mu­tual in­flu­ence of life­style and fine arts,” he said. “The di­a­logues be­tween an­cient civ­i­liza­tions will of­fer ref­er­ence for peo­ple to­day.”

The al­liance, a non­govern­men­tal and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, was founded in Bei­jing on May 18, 2017 — In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day — and is now hosted by the Na­tional Mu­seum of China.

Some 157 mu­se­ums and in­sti­tutes in­volved in cul­tural her­itage pro­tec­tion, in­clud­ing 111 from China, have joined the al­liance.

Fol­low-up edi­tions of the ex­hi­bi­tion will be held ev­ery two years, Huang said.

Bo­jana Boric Breskovic, direc­tor of the Na­tional Mu­seum in Bel­grade, Ser­bia, said: “The ex­hi­bi­tion will en­able peo­ple to have a new view of the friendly re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ser­bia and China. It’s in the two peo­ples’ in­ter­ests.

“We have a wide col­lec­tion of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and artis­tic items, from pre­his­tory to the mod­ern age,” she said, adding that the half-mil­lion ar­ti­facts in the mu­seum of­fer abun­dant choices for the ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion in Bei­jing.

Breskovic was among four for­eign mu­seum di­rec­tors who at­tended the con­fer­ence in Fuzhou and were newly elected as vice-pres­i­dents of the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil of the al­liance. The other three are di­rec­tors of the na­tional mu­se­ums of Myan­mar, Azer­bai­jan and Kaza­khstan.

An of­fi­cial web­site of the al­liance www.mus­

Straits ties into a dead­lock, caus­ing Tai­wan to fall be­hind the main­land mar­ket in many in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing tourism and agri­cul­tural ex­ports.

In the past two years, the num­ber of tourists from the Chi­nese main­land, the largest source of tourism rev­enue for Tai­wan, has slumped sharply. was ac­ti­vated on Sat­ur­day to fa­cil­i­tate op­er­a­tion of the group and ap­pli­ca­tions from more in­sti­tutes. The se­cond con­fer­ence of the al­liance will be held in Bei­jing in Novem­ber 2020.

Del­e­gates from 21 coun­tries at­tended the con­fer­ence in Fuzhou. This con­fer­ence was also part of the eighth In­ter­na­tional Ex­po­si­tion of Mu­se­ums and Rel­e­vant Prod­ucts, which was held from Fri­day to Mon­day and at­tracted 613 mu­se­ums and en­ter­prises from 42 coun­tries.

Fu­jian is con­sid­ered one of the start­ing points of the Mar­itime Silk Road. A Song Dy­nasty (960-1279) ship­wreck found in the prov­ince’s city of Quanzhou is seen as ev­i­dence of the re­gion’s im­por­tance to the Mar­itime Silk Road.

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