July 17th, 2020

Forum on Qianhai World Museum project held in Shenzhen

(From chinareports.org.cn, Correspondent: Geng Ling) On July 6, 2020, a delegation composed of 8 people from the Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation, the Federation of World Museums and other institutions visited Qianhai, and held a discussion with relevant persons in charge of the Qianhai Administration Bureau on the promotion and establishment of the world museum project in Qianhai, and reached a high degree of consensus.

All members of the delegation pose for a group photo in front of Qianhai Stone Monument

Members of the delegation included Xiao Wunan, Executive Vice Chairman of the Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation, Zeng Laide, former Vice President of the China National Academy of Painting, Zhang Yan, a famous painter, Wang Junyi, a famous master of jade carving, Zhang Dalin, President of Beijing Cultural Investment Big Data Co., Ltd., and Shen Dechun, Na Ying, and Zhao Changqing, directors of the Federation of World Museums in Shenzhen. The delegation first came to Qianhai exhibition hall to visit and understand the whole development process of Qianhai. They deeply admired the brilliant achievements of Qianhai in the past ten years, and were also excited about the future development of Qianhai. After that, the delegation visited the Qianhai Stone Monument scenic area and took a group photo at the place where President Xi Jinping made his first visit to Qianhai and delivered a speech. At the same time, they also reviewed the two instructions given by President Xi Jinping to Qianhai for their development. Members of the delegation agreed that it is very necessary to build a national cultural soft power base in Qianhai, and they were full of confidence in its future.

Wang Jinxia (left), deputy director of Qianhai Administration Bureau, provides important suggestions for the project during the discussion

During the discussion with Wang Jinxia, Deputy Director of the Qianhai Administration Bureau, members of the delegation introduced in detail the world museum conference and projects for world museum group. On behalf of the Qianhai Administration Bureau, Wang Jinxia extended a warm welcome to this project’s entry into QInahai, and said that he would actively support the project from all aspects of the policy. At the same time, we fully exchanged views on the world museum project during the discussion and reached a high degree of consensus, which can be summarized as follows: Firstly, we could create a platform under the leadership of UNESCO, we could create the Federation of World Museums as the project convenor to settle in Qianhai. Second, this organization would take a lead to establish three centers in Qianhai, namely, the Global Collection Trading Center, the World Art Financial Service Center and the International Museum Technology Innovation Center. In line with the concept of combining art, finance and technology, we will create a situation of nationwide collection, so that everyone can increase their income and life quality through art collection. Thirdly, with the help of this platform, we will carry forward Chinese traditional culture to the world, make continuous contributions to the prosperity of mankind, and build a strategic platform for the exchange and mutual learning between eastern and western civilizations. Finally, with the advantages of Shenzhen’s reform and opening up, we should give full play to the market vitality and policy dividend, and create a world-class art collection place, creative highland, service system and exchange mechanism in Shenzhen.

Mr.Eric Falt (left), Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, talks with Mr. Xiao Wunan, APECF Executive Vice Chairman, on dialogues between Eastern and Western civilizations.

The Qianhai World Museum project has been highly recognized by UNESCO and strongly supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Centre Pompidou and the Chinese Embassy in France. Dozens of museums and famous collectors around the world have expressed their desire to participate, such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Rockefeller family, the Rothschild family and Thomas Lee.

Mr. David Rockefeller (left), the patriarch of the Rockefeller family, Mr. Steven Clark Rockfeller, Jr. (right), a member of the Rockefeller family, and Mr. Xiao Wunan jointly promote the exchange and cooperation of art works

Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation has long been committed to the exchange and mutual learning of Eastern and Western civilizations. It has promoted a number of successful projects and activities in the global art community, and enjoys a wide influence and reputation. At the same time, the Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation has maintained close cooperation with Qianhai and successfully promoted major project cooperation including Dubai International Financial Center. We believe that through this world museum project, it will make a positive contribution to the construction and leading role of cultural soft power in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Bay Area in the future.

Executive Editor: Liu Chengzhou