The V & A Museum joined hands with the Shanghai World Expo for a hundred years. As the main borrower, the V & A Museum appeared in the Expo Museum with 32 precious collections.
As the world's largest decorative arts and design museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A Museum) was invited by the Shanghai Museum to bring 32 art collections to the Shanghai World Expo Museum in the Puxi Expo Park , Became the main borrower of the Shanghai World Expo Museum. During the six-month exhibition period, the V & A Museum will present a feast of art to the people of Shanghai, showing the essence of the century-old Expo.
As early as 1851, Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, led the planning of the IWC and achieved unprecedented success. The event also gathered tens of thousands of rare and precious exhibits from around the world. In order to allow the people of the world to permanently view these outstanding works and the outstanding design of contemporary masters, Prince Albert used the surplus of the first Expo to establish the V & A Museum in South Kensington, London, England in 1852. At this point, the V & A Museum came into being after the first World Expo.
2010 coincides with the Shanghai World Expo. At the invitation of the Shanghai Museum, the V & A Museum brought 32 carefully selected art collections to the Shanghai World Expo Museum for free, becoming the main borrower of the World Expo Museum. These art collections come in various forms, including: ceramics, furniture, glass, metal, sculpture and painting. Among them, the most precious is the huge oil painting "Opening Ceremony of London World Expo in Hyde Park" by the British painter Henry Courtnay Selous, which reproduces Queen Victoria for the London Expo in 1851 The grand opening. It is worth mentioning that among the officials of various countries participating in the Expo on the screen, a Chinese businessman dressed in the official clothes of the Qing Dynasty was prominent in the crowd. It is reported that the businessman, named Xu Rongcun, is from Shanghai. In the first year of Qing Xianfeng (1851), he put 12 packets of Chinese "Husi" on the booth of the first World Expo in London, England, and won one gold and silver medal from Queen Elizabeth. This is the first time that a Chinese product has participated in the World Expo, and it has also won the gold medal at the World Expo for the first time. Xu Rongcun became the first person to participate in the World Expo in China.
"Over a hundred years ago, Shanghai businessmen came to London to visit the first World Expo in person, and together with people from all over the world, they started a new era of human civilization. A hundred years later, we went to Shanghai with the treasures of the World Expo and continued the Shanghai World Expo. , Inherit the essence of human civilization. "Ms. Beth McKillop, the director of the collection and Asian department of the V & A Museum, said:" Culture and art are the 'motive force' to promote emotional friendship. The cooperation of many of China's top art institutions and institutions has further promoted the exchanges between the Chinese and British cultural and artistic circles and shared the outstanding charm that culture and art bring to the lives of the two peoples. "
Ms. Beth McKillop introduced that in the coming period of this year, the V & A Museum will also cooperate with relevant Chinese institutions to hold a series of art exhibition activities, including: the ancient Indian temple sculpture exhibition (8 Month to October); "Decoding: Digital Design Sense Exhibition" (October) held in Beijing in cooperation with the Central Academy of Fine Arts; meanwhile, in London, the V & A Museum will be opened on June 8th in the Qing Dynasty of China The ceramics exhibition hall; in December, the V & A Museum will also cooperate with the Beijing Palace Museum to display Ming and Qing court costumes in London, which will be the first time that Chinese royal costumes will be displayed in the UK.
V & A Museum curator Sir Mark Jones, who is also an important promoter of the British Pavilion's design and exhibition plan, said at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo: "Today's V & A Museum is a source of inspiration for modern designers, and is responsible for studying the evolution of art and design. It plays an important role in inheriting the past. In the future, we will further strengthen international exchanges and cooperation and show more art treasures to audiences around the world. "
In order to bring a new display environment to the audience, the V & A Museum has launched the "Future Plan" and cooperated with Britain's most creative architectural designers to renovate the museum building. As of last year, the first phase of the plan has been completed, and 70% of the museum pavilions have been renewed. The new ceramic exhibition hall part of the second phase of the "Future Plan" was also completed in June this year.
About the Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum (also known as the V & A Museum), located in the South Kensington district of London, England, is the largest art and design museum in the world. Its total collection is about 3 million pieces, spanning the creative activities of mankind in 2000, and encompassing almost all media forms, including: painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, furniture, fashion, photography, glass, jewelry, metal products and textiles. The collections are mainly from all over Europe, but also include many world-class treasures from India, China and Japan. After years of hard work and operation, the V & A Museum has become an authority on decorative arts, which has a profound influence and inspiration on museums established in Europe and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The V & A Museum is free to the public and is open daily from 10:00 to 17:45 (Friday from 10:00 to 22:00).
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