China's Best Museum Exhibitions of 2019 Awards are unveiled today. Twenty-nine winners distinguish themselves in five categories. The annual event, dubbed the Oscar Awards in China's cultural relics realm, has now completed its 17th run since its inception in 1997, receiving 114 applications from various types of museums.
The winning exhibitions cover a wide range of themes, including art, science, history, natural history, and modern revolutionary history, and offer various perspectives on and interpretations of artistic, historical, or scientific collections. Notably, two categories of awards are dedicated to international joint exhibitions to promote cross-cultural understandings between China and the rest of the world.
The exhibition in Xi'an--Bringing Peace to All under Heaven: The Qin Dynasty's Unification of China won the "Masterpiece Award".
Bringing Peace to All under Heaven: The Qin Dynasty's Unification of China
Dates: Sep 25, 2019 – March 25, 2020
Location: Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, Xi'an city, Shaanxi province
Based on the stories of two soldiers in Qin Kingdom’s army recorded on unearthed wood slips, the exhibition was divided into three parts, elaborating on how Qin successfully turned itself from an insignificant state located near China's western border into a unified empire and how the political regime it built contributed to the progress of Chinese civilization.
The entrance hall of the exhibition highlights an unearthed wood slip in an illuminated case. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
By putting together 317 exhibits, 67 of which are first-class antiques, from 33 museums across the country, the exhibition presented the archaeological research results on the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) over the past ten years and summarized previous exhibitions on Chinese history prior to Qin. It also served as a gift marking the 40th anniversary of the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum and the 45th anniversary of the discovery of the Terracotta Army.
A tomb figure on display [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
The exhibition distinguished itself by revisiting ancient times through displaying vivid historical figures and stories, bringing them closer to visitors.
In addition, by putting these cultural relics in a modern-style background setting, the organizer provided visitors with a multi-angle viewing experience.
The organizer also adopted such cutting-edge technologies as Internet of Things (IoT), thermal imaging and radio-frequency identification devices which enabled it to collect such data as the total number of visitors, the average time they spent at the exhibition and which exhibits attracted the most attention.