Prince Kung's Palace Museum

A Traditional Future:Serial Activ ities of 5·18 International MuseumDay

On May 18, the fabulous and innovative serial activities of 5•18 International Museum Day of 2019 closed its curtains in the Prince Kung’s Palace Museum.

The theme of this year’s International Museum Day is Museum as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition. Centering on this theme, the Prince Kung’s Palace Museum held in two consecutive weeks a series of activities including reading into the Mansion’s art, volunteer information and guide services, the introduction of traditional culture into schools as well as “Learning history and understanding intangible cultural heritage by visiting the Prince Kung’s Mansion”. On the day of the event on May 18, Mr. Peng Wei, deputy director-general of Prince Kung’s Palace Museum of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, as well as volunteer and public representatives posted three Chinese characters “Gong Wang Fu (meaning Prince Kung’s Mansion) on the exhibition board, which brought a successful conclusion to 2019 serial activities of 5•18 International Museum Day.

Reading into the Mansion’s Art

On the day of the event, over 1000 people of different ages and identities including parents and children, school organizations and the public converged in the Prince Kung’s Mansion, and completed 343 pieces of pictures under the guidance of professional art teachers by way of collage and color filling with materials like colorful pearl clay, mosaic, felt and glaze, drawing the source of creation from 7 symbolic gates of Prince Kung’s Mansion including the Main Gate, Chuihua Gate, and Xiyang Gate. At last, they presented the final work of this event by collective collage “Mansion and Gate”.

The activity enables the audiences to experience the culture accumulated in the history of traditional architecture, rich humanistic spirits as well as a close relationship with nature. This magic transformation from one to three-dimensional broke the limits of merely plane works in the previous activities. The advance guard style of these works attracted a number of tourists to stop and appreciate, which becomes a line of beautiful scenery in the Prince Kung’s Mansion.

Volunteer Information and Guide Services

On the day of the event, the volunteers of the Prince Kung’s Palace Museum set up an information desk at a bold place of the front square in the early morning, and held a knowledge quiz about the Museum. They also provided services by answering the questions of the tourists, offering exhibition information, planning the tour route, giving out booklets and delicate gifts. Meanwhile, they also acted as guides in the Mansion.  Half of Qing Dynasty history can be manifested in the Prince Kung’s Mansion. The experienced volunteers presented the visitors with vivid stories about the solemn and simply-decorated mansion, halls, pavilions and corridors, as well as gardens with scenery changed with every step.

Since the opening of Prince Kung’s Palace Museum to the public in August 2008, its volunteer team has expanded gradually and gathered people of all walks of life who love volunteering. From college students to retirees aged 70 to 80, from full-time moms to white-collar workers, their figures can be seen everywhere in permanent exhibitions like the Exhibition of Mansion Culture in Qing Dynasty, the Historical Revolution Exhibition of Prince Kung’s Mansion, Dream of Red Mansion and Prince Kung’s Mansion, as well as Special Exhibitions of Prince Kung’s Palace Museum and volunteer workstations. Its volunteers provided information and guide services free of charge, serving millions of visitors and over 60000 hours, which receive wide acclaim by the public.

Introduction of Traditional Culture into Schools

The 2019 International Museum Day focuses on the new role of museums as an active community player. The museum is no longer a still institution, but a cultural hub. The Prince Kung’s Palace Museum brought to the kids of Guozishi Kindergarten a rich and colorful New Year Painting experience activity.

The staff of the museum led kids to get close to the Zhuxian Town New Year Painting to understand its development history and cultural characteristics. The teacher also introduced in great detail the chromatography methods of wood paintings, and invited kids to experience overprinting and deeply feel its charm themselves.

This activity has not only let the kids experience the unique charm of Chinese traditional cultural on site, but drawn closer their relationship with the museum. They all expressed their wish to enter the Prince Kung’s Mansion and learn the mansion culture.

Learning history and understanding intangible cultural heritage by visiting the Prince Kung’s Mansion

As a cultural hub, the Prince Kung’s Palace Museum has been committed to building a platform of cultural interaction and enhancing cultural bonds between museums and schools.  Themed on “Learning history and understanding intangible cultural heritage by visiting the Prince Kung’s Mansion”, over 130 students from Qingnianhu Elementary School started a research and study journey in the museum. 

This journey can be divided into four parts, namely architecture colorful painting, rubbing, New Year painting, and paper cut. The mansion elements are incorporated into each part to help the students understand its culture while experiencing intangible cultural heritage skills. On the day of the event, led by the volunteers, the students appreciated the colorful paintings of mansion architectures, hand painted canvas bags and filled colors, learned the complex rubbing skills, and even made rubbing of the paper-cut on mansion windows “More than Blessing”.  They also experienced jingle paper-cut and wood New Year paining of Zhuxian Town, Henan Province, cut little bats and the First Fu (meaning blessing) in the World, and overprinted delicate New Year paintings.

The students have gained a lot through this extraordinary and fun journey, and perceived the long and profound history of Chinese culture through pursuit and practice, and even further asserted their cultural confidence.

In 1977, to promote the healthy development of museums globally, and draw the understanding, participation and attention of the entire international community, the International Council of Museums declared May 18, 1977 as the 1st International Museum Day, and set activity themes for it every year. Since then, May 18 of each year has become the biggest festival of all museums in the world. The Prince Kung’s Palace Museum will strive to play its important role as the cultural hub and bring more wonderful cultural activities to the public.

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