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Int'l Museum Day: A look at museums' most precious treasures

Editor: zhenglimin 丨CCTV.com

05-18-2017 19:05 BJT

Full coverage: Eyes on Arts

The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2017.

The theme chosen for 2017 is "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums".

The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

Organised on and around 18 May each year, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or a whole week.

Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2016, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in some 145 countries.

To mark this special day, we take a look at some of the most precious treasures of the museums around China.

1. Painting: Life along the Bian River at the Pure Brightness Festival

Painting: Life along the Bian River at the Pure Brightness Festival

Painting: Life along the Bian River at the Pure Brightness Festival

A collection artwork from the Palace Museum

Period: Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

Medium: ink and color on silk

Format: handscroll

Artist(s): Zhang Zeduan

Dimensions: height: 24.8cm, width: 528cm

Introduction:

The painting Life along the Bian River at the Pure Brightness Festival (Qingming shanhe tu) depicts flourishing and bustling scenes along the Bian Canal and around the southeast gate of Bianjing (modern day Kaifeng), the capital of the Northern Song dynasty.

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