Chinese museums closed for shortest days during COVID-19 outbreak: officials announced on International Museum Day
Photo: Li Hao / GT
When it comes to which country has the most museums, China ranks fourth in the world. It is also the country where museums were closed for the shortest time of any country in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Chinese government officials said in a ceremony at the Museum on Tuesday. from the capital of Beijing, the main Chinese museum. venue for International Museum Day 2021.
In 2020, the number of registered museums in the country reached 5,788, including 1,224 national level museums, an annual increase of 23.4%. The total number of museums in China ranks fourth in the world, after the United States, Germany and Japan, Li Qun, head of China’s National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA), said at the ceremony. opening.
According to Li, China has taken timely action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020: more than 5,000 museums have announced they are closing to the public within 24 hours of official recognition of the epidemic like epidemic. Despite the challenge of the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020, Chinese museums have still launched more than 29,000 exhibits and welcome 540 million offline visitors and hundreds of millions of people online.
“So far, there has been no spread of the epidemic due to gatherings of museum staff around the country, and there has not been a single suspected or confirmed case in national museums,” did he declare.
Meanwhile, China is also the first country in the world to experience the hardships of the viral crisis. According to a survey published by UNESCO, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, world museums were closed for an average of 150 days and their revenues fell by 40 to 60%. Chinese museums have been closed for less than 30 days on average, the shortest closing time of any country. China is also one of 13 countries whose financial spending has not been affected by the pandemic among the 87 countries that participated in the survey.
Photo: Li Hao / GT
On Tuesday, to celebrate International Museum Day, the country’s cultural authorities launched various activities, including the announcement of the List of Top 10 Museum Exhibitions in China 2020. Among the 10, The Baoli era: treasures from the Tang Shipwreck collection, an exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of objects from the permanent collection of the Asian Civilizations Museum (ACM) in Singapore, won the best imported exhibition.
New named exhibition In pursuit of eternity: conservation of museum collections in China, also kicked off Tuesday at the Capital Museum. The exhibition combines more than 50 sets of exquisite relics from 23 museums in 10 provinces across the country.
An international artistic collaboration between WeChat and the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands was also launched to mark International Museum Day on Tuesday.
Steven Back, a representative of the Hungarian National Museum, told the Global Times at the Capital Museum on Tuesday that he hoped to bring outstanding Chinese collections to Hungary in the future.
“This is the second time for me to attend this event here, and this year it was even bigger and richer in content than the last time. It also shows the considerable progress made by China in the fight against the pandemic, ”he said.
Alberto Garlandini, Vice President of the International Council of Museums (ICM), delivered an online speech at the ceremony affirming the long-term and fruitful cooperation between ICM and the Chinese museum community and called on museums around the world to unite to promote the development of cultural diversity.
“The collection of relics in archeology and museums in China has entered the highest level in the world, and I think we will get more in other aspects. This great legacy will further strengthen our national cultural confidence, ”Zhang Yuancheng, curator of the Shanxi Museum, told the Global Times.