Culture ministry invites public to celebrate world museum day

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Culture ministry invites public to celebrate world museum day

Taipei, May 11 (CNA) The Ministry of Culture on Friday invited people in Taiwan to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, unveiling a new theme being promoted by museums around Taiwan.

"How a museum presents itself is a cultural perspective that reflects how society views its own civilization and presents its own point of view," Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) told a press conference.

For instance, the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris represents a "Euro-centric" outlook by featuring indigenous art and cultures from outside Europe, she said.

To celebrate International Museum Day next week, Cheng said the ministry has come up with a theme of "diversity and friendship -- exploring new publics and visiting museums," echoing the theme -- Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics -- unveiled by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) for 2018.

"More important than offering free tickets to visitors, museums should reflect on their meaning and function in a modern society," the minister said.

The theme chosen by the Ministry of Culture this year also showcases its efforts to promote equal rights in culture by integrating different resources, she said.

Vision impaired visitors can now contemplate certain art works at Taiwan's museums by touching them, while multi-language services are available for new immigrants, Cheng noted.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture has teamed up with the Ministry of Education to organize guided tours for students, while a plan to allow visitors to access museums around Taiwan using hand-held devices is being drawn up, according to Cheng.

Speaking at the same event, Hsiao Tsung-hyang (蕭宗煌), curator of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and chairman of the Taipei-based Chinese Association of Museums, said International Museum Day has been celebrated every year since 1977 and an annual theme has been adopted since 1992.

"It was intended to encourage the public to reflect on the social responsibilities of museums and ask what else they can contribute to society," Hsiao explained.

As International Museum Day approaches, 72 museums across Taiwan will mark the day by launching a series of special offers and activities, Hsiao said.

Many museums, including the National Palace Museum and its southern branch in Chiayi, National Museum of Prehistory in Taitung and National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung will offer free entry to visitors on May 18, he said.

(By Wang Yi-ju and Flor Wang)

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