World Expo ex­hi­bi­tion

Ex­hibits from World Ex­pos un­veiled in Shanghai

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - The story was trans­lated based on ar­ti­cles from peo­ple.cn and xin­min.cn.

Anew ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled Expo Her­itage: Ex­hibits Col­lec­tions from World Ex­pos was re­cently un­veiled at the World Expo Mu­seum (WEM), bring­ing to Shanghai a col­lec­tion of over 600 relics.

It is the first such themed ex­hi­bi­tion that WEM has or­ga­nized in­de­pen­dently.

The ex­hi­bi­tion shows both phys­i­cal and vir­tual ar­ti­facts, in­clud­ing medals, porce­lains, postage stamps, en­grav­ings and his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments, each telling the story of the his­tory and so­cial back­ground about the World Expo.

The ex­hi­bi­tion falls into two ma­jor cat­e­gories: his­tory and high­lights. Ac­cord­ing to the ex­hi­bi­tion’s or­ga­nizer, they aim to present the most rep­re­sen­ta­tive ar­ti­facts that carry a dis­tinc­tive mark of the expo and its artis­tic value.

For ex­am­ple, a set of medals with the pat­tern of Em­peror Franz Jaseph I, al­lows vis­i­tors to re­visit the 1873 Expo held in Vi­enna, the first-ever expo held in Ger­man speak­ing coun­tries. That year also marked the 25 an­niver­sary of the crown­ing of the em­peror.

A set of com­mem­o­ra­tive stamps brings vis­i­tors to the 1893 Chicago Expo, the big­gest expo ever held in the US in the 19th cen­tury.

To mark the 400th an­niver­sary of the dis­cov­ery made by Colum­bus, the US postal depart­ment launched a set of 16 pieces of com­mem­o­ra­tive stamps in Jan­uary 1893. The pat­terns are from renowned paint­ings from Span­ish and Ital­ian mu­seum col­lec­tions. This is also the first-ever set of expo stamps is­sued.

In­ter­ac­tive me­dia

Other ar­ti­facts in­clude medals, a set porce­lain and a phono­graph from 1904 Saint Louis Expo, a bronze drink­ing ves­sel made in China from the 1900 Paris Expo.

Apart from phys­i­cal ob­jects, the ex­hi­bi­tion also uses in­ter­ac­tive me­dia so that vis­i­tors have easy ac­cess to well-rounded in­for­ma­tion about the ex­hibits on their phones, mak­ing their visit a con­ve­nient, amus­ing and en­light­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

As the of­fi­cial mu­seum and of­fi­cial doc­u­men­ta­tion cen­ter of the Bureau In­ter­na­tional des Ex­po­si­tions (BIE), the mu­seum is com­mit­ted to col­lect­ing Expo-re­lated his­tor­i­cal re­sources and strength­en­ing aca­demic re­search on the tra­di­tion of World Ex­pos.

Dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony the mu­seum also launched a beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated and bilin­gual ver­sion of The Expo 2010 Shanghai China Of­fi­cial Al­bums (6 vol­umes), Feed­ing the Planet, En­ergy for Life – EXPO 2015 Mi­lan Italy and Expo Her­itage: Pre­cious Col­lec­tion of the World Expo Mu­seum (II), to fully cap­ture the splen­dor of World Ex­pos.

Pho­tos: VCG

From top: A vis­i­tor takes pho­tos of the ex­hibits. Expo ar­ti­facts showed at the ex­hi­bi­tion; Vis­i­tors look around at the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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