By Yuling Chen, Xingchen Yue, iChongqing News
Chongqing– Chongqing (China) Three Gorges Museum or Chongqing Museum in Southwest China held a Guqin-themed Chinese traditional cultural exchange with a study group of 52 members from Singapore, Malaysia, China, and other countries and regions, June 20, 2019.
The exchange aims to promote the development of traditional art and culture and enhance communication with Singapore in that regard.
Mrs. Huang Xiaorong, president of Chongqing Museum Songshijianyi Guqin Association, said that Chongqing Museum collects 48 Chinese zithers with good quality altogether. These registered musical instruments enjoy complete and continual series from Tang Dynasty to Qing Dynasty. On display were four Chinese zithers from ancient dynasties. Songfeng qin (“松风琴” in Chinese), one of four Chinese zithers are worth mentioning, as it witnesses the cultural exchange between China and the rest of the world. Songfeng qin is the witness of friendship between Robert Hans van Gulik, a Sinologist and great fan of the Chinese culture and Chongqing businessman Yang Shaowu.
Guqin, a traditional seven-stringed Chinese musical instrument, symbolizes traditional Chinese culture and one of the four traditional arts along with Chinese chess, calligraphy, and painting. Moreover, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization listed the art of guqin as the world intangible cultural heritage in 2003.
Moreover, Thursday night witnessed a wonderful performance conducted by Chinese and foreign guqin players.
The performance brought guqin enthusiasts together.
Chongqing Museum serves as a public institution for knowledge, education and appreciation, endeavors to tell Chinese stories and spread Chinese voices well to the rest of the world by way of exhibitions and cultural activities.
Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, or Chongqing Museum, as a comprehensive provincial museum, carries the mission of collection, protection, research, presentation, and promotion of the local and national cultural heritage.
Formerly known as the Southwest Museum founded in 1951, it was renamed the Chongqing Museum in 1955 and got its name of Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum in 2000. After five years of reconstruction, the newly-built museum reopened to the public on June 18th, 2005.
Covering an area of 30,000 square meters, a construction area of 45,098, and an exhibition area of 20,858, the museum receives 1.8 million visitors, both local and foreign, annually.
Over more than six decades’ development, it now possesses nearly 113,500 sets, 280,000 pieces of artworks. Annually, the museum showcases eleven permanent exhibitions and over 20 temporary ones.