SHEN Chen 沈辰
Royal Ontario Museum

Exhibiting Archaeology: Ancient Artworks in Context

Many artworks were preserved and recovered from archaeological sites and burials of ancient time. Therefore archaeological context and historical information of ancient arts to be displayed in museum galleries are always challenged by design installations and visual impacts on visitor experiences. This talk introduces the recent exhibition Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art in Canada. The two museums take different approaches to exhibit one of the greatest archaeological discoveries from China. The successful venues demonstrate both historic perspective and visual design / media are equally important in exhibiting ancient artworks in cultural context.