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  • 02June
    2016

    Vatican Museums to display relics of Korean Catholic history

    Relics from the 230-year history of Korean Catholicism will go on display in the Vatican Museums next year, Vatican sources said Wednesday. The exhibition tentatively titled "230 Years of Korean Catholic Church" will be held from September to November 2017 at the museums, which when combined are one of the world's largest.

    More info : Vatican Museums to display relics of Korean Catholic history
  • 11May
    2016

    136th VCM Member: Tang West Market Museum

    Tang West Market Museum is the first civilian on-site museum in China, which is established on the site of the West market of the Tang chang’an city. The museum occupies a total area of 15mus (mu: Chinese measurement for area, about 163 acres) land with a construction area of 32000㎡ and display area of 8000 ㎡including 2500㎡ on-site preservation area. In the total collection of more than 20,000 pieces of cultural relics, the collection mainly exhibits those of the cultural relics from the archaeological site of the West Market and the meticulously collected treasures from the founder of the museum as well, ranging a long history of over 3000 years from the Shang and Zhou dynasties to the Ming and Qing dynasties. The collection includes exquisite and mysterious bronze wares, splendid and colorful pottery ware, rich postures of terra-cotta figurines, brilliant gold and silver wares, gorgeous and delicate silk remains and jade pieces which are of wonderful workmanship expelling the nature, as well as a great number of relics respecting currency, Epitaph, religious and architectures filling the storage of museum, which has put a solid foundation for the remarkable exhibition. Tang West Market Museum has a complete exhibition series including “Permanent Exhibition, Thematic Display, Temporary Exhibition, and Special Exhibition&Treasures Appraisal Club.” It gathers the collections referring to history, arts, folks and private collectors, which often bring to visitors new visual experiences. The museum with its magnificent and unique design, the beautiful environment, full-functional and first-class service will surely become a successive important architectural landmark, a cultural site of public-loved and a prominent window for the opening of Xi’an. The museum was rewarded as the national 4A tourism resorts, representative area of cultural industry, and national second level museum. The Tang West Market Museum is an important culture and tourism project of Xi’an municipal which enables the visitors to know about the silk and commercial culture of Sui and Tang dynasty. It is also an important place for people to study, communicate, and collect, meanwhile it provides a window to make social education and communicate ancient capital’s profound history and extensive civilization.

    More info : About Tang West Market Museum
  • 09May
    2016

    Museums in Short Award | open call

    The Museums in Short Award, launched in 2012, honours museum videos that display innovative video productions and deliver museum content in an engaging way. The contest is open to all the different forms of videos produced by museums.

    After the first two editions focused on museums in Europe, Museums in Short Awards 2016 has an international call and it is open to entries from museums around the world.

     
    More info : Museums in Short Award | open call
  • 22April
    2016

    List of Most Popular Museums in the World in 2015 Now Out

    International news service The Art Newspaper has recently published a list of the most visited museums in the world in 2015. According to these figures, the Louvre Museum, Paris, again topped the list last year, despite the impact of the terrorist attacks in November, which led to a reduction of visits in the following weeks.

    Despite this, with 8.6 million visitors in 2015, the Louvre is still the world’s most-attended museum. London’s British Museum, an ASEMUS member, remained in second place, with 6.8 million visitors (up from 6.7 million in 2014). The National Gallery in London fell from third to fifth place after a series of strikes led to temporary room closures. It was overtaken by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, whose 6.5 million visitors included those also who went to the Cloisters.

    More info : List of Most Popular Museums in the World in 2015 Now Out
  • 07April
    2016

    2016 UNESCO Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation Now Open

    The UNESCO Office in Bangkok has recently launched the 2016 call for entries of the annual UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The deadline for submitting proposals in 2016 is 30 April.

    The Awards recognize the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored or conserved structures, places and properties of heritage value in the region. The Awards emphasize the importance of the conservation process, including the technical achievements and quality of the restoration, as well as the social impact, including community involvement in the project. 

    More info : UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation
  • 08March
    2016

    Relic of 1,000 Buddhas ‘slowly destroyed by vandalism, weather and official neglect’

    A 1,000-year-old giant boulder covered with carved images of the Buddha statues has been severely damaged due to government neglect in southwest China,according to the official news website of Sichuan province. Local officials say they did not protect the site because they could not find any writings on the rock to tell them what it was created, Newsssc.org reported. The intricate carvings were created between the mid-Tang Dynasty, more than 1,000 years ago, to the Qing Dynasty, according to archaeologists.

    More info : Relic of 1,000 Buddhas ‘slowly destroyed by vandalism, weather and official neglect’
  • 18January
    2016

    New digital tools could help speed up cultural heritage work

    The EU-funded PRESIOUS project has developed software tools that could help improve the efficiency of the work of European archaeologists at a time when funding is tight , and shown that computer simulation can play a key role in assisting researchers across a range of disciplines, including the preservation of cultural heritage artefacts. Once the project is completed, these tools will be made freely available for archaeologists to download, while the consortium's industry partner has used some of the advances made.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-01-digital-tools-cultural-heritage.html#jCp

    More info : New digital tools could help speed up cultural heritage work
  • 22December
    2015

    ASEMUS Executive Committee Meets in Singapore

    The annual meetings of the ASEMUS Executive Committee and the Trustees of the Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces (VCM) were held at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore on the 19th and 20th of November, 2015.Jos Takema, Project Manager of the National Museum of World Cultures in the Netherlands gave a report to the committee on the continued growth of the Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces (VCM). Jointly led by Mr Takema and Ms Yun Hye Chung of the National Museum of Korea, the VCM grew by 5 new members to 135 museums from 35 countries and added 183 new masterpieces. This increased the number of artworks featured on the VCM website to 2514. While saddened by the unexpected passing of long-time Editor Manus Brinkman, the VCM forged ahead with new social media initiatives onFacebook, and Instagram. After Mr Takema’s report the Trustees acknowledged the significant and generous support of both the National Museum Korea and the National Museum of World Cultures in maintaining the VCM website.

    More info : ASEMUS Executive Committee Meets in Singapore
  • 18December
    2015

    Search Silk Road Masterpieces on VCM!

    The VCM proudly presents our newly added search function, "Silk Road Masterpiece," the precious evidence of cultural exchange between the East and the West in world history. You can look for the silk road related masterpieces by simply clicking "Silk Road" button on the VCM Search for Masterpieces page! The VCM website development has been accomplished with kind contribution of NAVER, Korea's top search portal. 

    More info : Search Silk Road Masterpieces
  • 07December
    2015

    VCM presenation at UNESCO Conference of the Eastern Silk Roads Story 2015

    UNESCO, Gyeongju City Municipal Government, and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province are pleased to announce “The Eastern Silk Roads Story” conference, has been held at the Hilton Hotel, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, from 1-3 December 2015. The Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces was introduced as an innovative online platform that can promote mutual understanding and create culture of peace. 

    More info : UNESCO Conference of the Eastern Silk Roads Story 2015
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