TV shows explore Beijing’s museums

Visitors look at exhibits at the Chinese Capital Museum in Beijing on May 1, 2020. [Photo by Zou Hong/]

Beijing had 204 museums, including 18 first-class, as of the end of 2021, ranking first in China and one of the richest cities in museum resources in the world.

Recently, the Beijing Radio and Television Station launched a cultural program titled “The City of Museums”, which deeply explores the unique value of Chinese civilization, interprets the national spirit, and highlights the profound cultural connotation of the capital and the charm of the time.

So far, six episodes of the program have been aired while the number of discussions on the topic online has exceeded one billion, providing a cultural feast for the audience.

The show explores the beauty of culture from a whole new perspective. The hosts visited eight museums with different characteristics in Beijing and introduced an area yet to be explored in each museum for the first time, such as the cultural relics storehouse of the Capital Museum, the specimen storehouse of the National Zoological Museum of China . , and the former Beijing Art Museum buildings restoration site.

Many “treasures” of these museums appeared for the first time, such as the painting of Emperor Qianlong (1711-99) in Wanshou Temple, the original paintings in the Xu Beihong Memorial and cultural relics returned to the Museum of Prince Gong. Castle.

Through exploration and exhibition, the public would enter the “hidden world” of these museums following in the footsteps of the hosts, deeply learning the breadth and depth of Chinese civilization.

A museum is a great school. We all become students by opening the door to a museum. “The City of Museums” has set up an experience component, inviting an exploration group led by Shan Jixiang, former director of the Palace Museum, to learn about museum fieldwork. In the program, Shan experienced working as a cultural relics restorer, museum guide, or heritage watch officer in a museum of ancient ruins. By showcasing their process of learning these professional skills, the program showed the extraordinary ingenuity of protecting cultural relics.

Museums are not only treasures to protect and exhibit Chinese civilization, but also a place to inherit and transmit the spirit of the Chinese nation. By telling the stories behind the cultural relics, the program promotes the tireless spiritual pursuit of Chinese cultural workers.

For example, via a visit to the Biological Research Laboratory of the Cultural Relics Protection Department, the exhibit reveals how the proprietary calligraphy and painting exhibit technology was developed; Through the process of excavating ancient sites, it shows the spirit of study of archaeologists for several generations at the Liulihe site; By questioning a couple in the mountains on the outskirts of Beijing, he expresses the adherence of four generations to the Stone Buddha.

The audience can deeply understand the philosophy, wisdom and humanistic spirit contained in the show while watching the visible cultural heritages.
The show showed the beauty of emotion via detailed storytelling. A good museum does not only lie in its large space and rich collections, but also depends on one’s thoughts and feelings.

For example, “The City of Museums” shows the touching love between a mother and a son a hundred years ago by telling the story of a fragmentary elegiac speech at the Beijing Art Museum. In the Xu Beihong Memorial Hall, the show illustrated the love between a naval officer and his daughter via a story behind a painting. The love between a panda and its breeder for 13 years has been told at the National Zoological Museum of China via a panda specimen.

These warm details have reduced the distance between the museums and the public, revealing the powerful emotion of history.

As a well-known ancient capital in the world, Beijing’s rich historical and cultural heritage is its “golden card”. The capital has unique assets to establish itself as a true “city of museums”.

The program comprehensively showed the breadth and depth of the capital’s cultural construction and vividly narrated the relationship between a city and its museums, which enables more people to understand, love and appreciate. enter Beijing’s museums and appreciate its culture.

Museums are moving from the traditional space into a bigger and bigger world. The program will continue to deepen the historical and cultural resources of Beijing, visit more kinds of museums, and more vividly present the rich historical, cultural, aesthetic, scientific and technological values, as well as the contemporary values ​​of the cultural heritage of Beijing. capital city. It is thus helping to build a city of museums that highlights the style and charms of Beijing.

The author is the chairman of Beijing Radio and Television Station.

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