A History of the World in 100 Objects

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/3 18:13:39

In the study of any culture, a universal conundrum is how to avoid interpreting that culture's history through a narrative of Self and Other. It is hard enough to be objective in telling the history of any one nation, let alone that of the whole world. There is no history not narrated from the perspective of the sociopolitical interest group the author belongs to. People who are told of their own history tend to believe that the history and culture of other nations must be very different from theirs. In this sense, A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum is a remarkable breakthrough. It tells a history of all humanity not through words, which can easily tinted by subjective opinions, but through objects created by human beings. By compiling man-made items spanning most continents from 2 million years ago through the present day, the exhibition breaks conventional barriers between subjects of archeology, history and the arts. It shows how different cultures share similar processes of development and how they react to each other after making contact, which challenges our views of "globalization." A History of the World in 100 Objects started as a joint project of the British Museum and BBC, comprising a 100-part radio series. A book that accompanied the series was published in 2010. As "a museum of the world for the world," the British Museum curated an exhibition that shares the same name. This touring exhibition composed of objects from all over the world has traveled to the United Arab Emirates, Japan and Australia. It is now in China, ready to tell the story of human history.

Date: Until October 8, 9 am to 5 pm

Venue: Shanghai Museum No 2 Exhibition Hall 上海博物馆 第二展厅

Address: 201 People's Avenue 人民大道201号

Admission: Free

Call 6372-3500 for more details


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