Han Dynasty exhibition marks 75th anniversary of Hungary-China ties

An exhibition featuring artifacts from China’s Han Dynasty (202 B.C.-220 A.D.), jointly organized by the Shanghai Museum, the Xuzhou Museum, and the Chengdu Cultural Relics and Archaeology Research Institute, is currently being held at the Szent Istvan Kiraly Museum in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Hungary.

An undated photo shows an artifact collected by the Shanghai Museum, currently on display at the Szent Istvan Kiraly Museum in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. /CFP

An undated photo shows an artifact collected by the Shanghai Museum, currently on display at the Szent Istvan Kiraly Museum in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. /CFP

Featuring a collection of over 100 pieces or sets of artifacts – including jade, lacquerware, pottery, bronzeware, seals, stone carvings, and coins – the exhibition offers Hungarian audiences a multidimensional insight into the political, economic, social life, cultural arts, and ritual beliefs of the Han Dynasty. The exhibition also explores the continuity of Chinese civilization and the historical exchanges between East and West.

An undated photo shows a jade burial suit from the Han Dynasty, collected by the Xuzhou Museum, currently on display at the Szent Istvan Kiraly Museum in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. /CFP

An undated photo shows a jade burial suit from the Han Dynasty, collected by the Xuzhou Museum, currently on display at the Szent Istvan Kiraly Museum in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. /CFP

At the exhibition, several exquisite Western Han (202 B.C.- 25A.D.) lacquerware pieces from the Shanghai Museum are displayed. An interactive corridor dedicated to the history and culture of the Han Dynasty and Chinese characters has been set up, providing Hungarian visitors with background knowledge about the exhibition, thus deepening their understanding and appreciation of ancient Chinese art and culture.

An undated photo shows the view of the Shanghai Museum in China. /CFP

An undated photo shows the view of the Shanghai Museum in China. /CFP

The Shanghai Museum has been one of the most dedicated museum institutions for international exchanges and cooperation, serving as a crucial window for the world to see China, and also for China to see the world. In 2023, the first stop of this exhibition tour in Szeged, Hungary, was a tremendous success, attracting over fifty thousand visitors, with much enthusiastic feedback.

At the beginning of 2024, the exhibition moved to the historic city of Szekesfehervar, Hungary, aiming to enable more Hungarian audiences to experience the unique charm of Chinese culture and art and further promoting the dissemination of traditional Chinese culture in Hungary.

The exhibition runs until June 28, 2024.