A History of the World in 100 Objects

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/17 19:08:39

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.

Date: Until October 8, 9 am - 5 pm

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

Address: 201 People's Avenue


Admission: Free

Call 6372-3500 for more details

Photo: Courtesy of Shanghai Museum



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