The new Fengxian Museum is opening in Shanghai tomorrow (May 16) with an exhibition from the Palace Museum about Qing Dynasty Emperor Yongzheng.
The museum, built by Shanghai Construction No. 7 Group Co, covers 20,000 sqm near the artificial Jinhai Lake in Nanqiao Town.
Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, the unusual building has already earned the nickname ‘Shanghai Fish’ due to its shape.
The Fengxian Museum will feature permanent exhibitions on the history of Fengxian and its seawall, built in 1713, part of which remains intact.
Yongzheng Palace Cultural Relics Exhibition
The ‘Yongzheng Palace Cultural Relics Exhibition’ will showcase more than 120 cultural relics from the Palace Museum in Beijing.
Artefacts include porcelain, jade, paintings, enamel and lacquer of the period, as well as supplies once used by the emperor, and his calligraphy works. The exhibition is also home to a scroll portrait of Yongzheng.
Alongside the Yongzheng Palace Cultural Relics Exhibition, the attraction’s first exhibitions include those on China’s handicraft artworks and ancient copper mirrors.
The opening exhibition will run through August 16 and is free.
AI, AR and VR at smart museums in China
Meanwhile, China is working to build smart museums with the latest technology, including artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality.
Wang Xudong, the new curator of the Palace Museum spoke about the importance of digitalisation in the future work of the museum.
Wang explained that digitalisation started on the museum’s architecture and collections in the late 1990s, helping the Palace Museum to build a stronger connection with visitors while minimising harm to relics.
The curator added that the attraction is willing to work with others, especially those situated along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, to promote digitalisation in museums and world cultural heritage sites.
Earlier this month, it was confirmed that the Palace Museum and Pop Life Global have joined forces to announce a DC collectibles collaboration.
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Images: Fengxian Museum/Palace Museum