Museum Voices

Voices from the Third Session of the C.E.A. Museums Cooperation Initiative 4th Dialogue

Jun 6, 2024

The third session of the C.E.A. Museums Cooperation Initiative 4th Dialogue was a special session commemorating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. Themed "Museums as Bridges Between Civilizations", six high-level guests from China and France engaged in an in-depth discussion on the role of museums as facilitators of mutual understanding between civilizations. They proposed that, through their permanent collections, exhibitions, and innovative immersive experiences, museums contribute to shaping a global mindset that values cultural diversity and harmony.




Qian Han, CGTN Reporter

During my four years as a foreign correspondent in Paris, I engaged in an intimate dialogue with French history and French civilization through observing exhibits in museums. Today, thanks to the bridges of cross-cultural exchange built by museums, we truly witness the harmonious coexistence of Chinese and French cultures, and we deeply feel that Sino-French friendship is like a fine wine that becomes richer and more intense with time.




Fenghong Tang, Deputy Director of the Memorial to Zhou Enlai and Deng Yingchao

It is often said that museums and memorials are bridges connecting civilizations. As a memorial to a great figure, we shoulder the primary functions of remembrance and commemoration, preserving precious historical memories. On a broader global scale, we have the responsibility to inspire people worldwide by spreading the diplomatic triumphs, intellectual brilliance, and enduring charisma of the esteemed leader we honor.




Caixin Zhang, Director of Tianjin Natural History Museum (Beijiang Museum)

Museums may be small spaces, but they showcase vast worlds. The Beijiang Museum, established in Tianjin by French naturalist Paul Emile Licent, has evolved into today's Tianjin Natural History Museum. From its inception, the Beijiang Museum has been intricately linked to French-Chinese relations, a bond that continues to be embedded in its essence.




Henry de Medlege, Director of the French National Army Museum

A museum that recounts military events can paradoxically contribute to the construction of détente in relations between peoples. When visited by citizens of countries that France has faced, looking at the same showcase together is a way to face history, but also side by side, and to take a step back in front of an object that is seen differently in times of peace.




Peiwen Wang, Director of Historical Museum of Franco-Chinese Friendship

How do we maintain diversity in our museum? We strive to maintain and continually enhance its appeal. Since we present in France the history of Chinese progressive youth who came to France a century ago, therefore, it is imperative that we cultivate a global perspective, understand and appreciate the cultural backgrounds of different civilizations, and practice empathy. This approach ensures that our efforts achieve maximum appeal.




Cecile Degos, Exhibition / Museum Designer

Details make perfection. Perfection is not a detail! From my point of view, a successful scenography is "invisible", highlighting the masterpieces and the scientific content without being ostentatious, and above all that it does not overpower the pieces. The visitor has to think that it has always been there and see little or nothing of it. This means that the proportions, the details, the colors, the way it blends into the surroundings... it all has to be harmonious.