The National Museum of China will reopen its doors to the public on Sunday after nearly four years of repairs and renovation. China's ancient bronze art will highlight the new start as the first exhibition to open in the new facility.
104 pieces are selected as the most symbolic bronze art of ancient China. They are lined up to chronicle the past glory running through 12 centuries, from late Shang Dynasty to the end of Warring States Period, around the second century B.C.
The exhibit covers a wide range from various vessels to weapons and some 30 pieces will make their first appearance in 20 years.
Yu Chenglong, Researcher of National Museum of China said "There are three elements to appreciate a piece of bronze: its shape, its decoration and the calligraphy on it. Depending on these points of view, visitors might also catch the changes of the bronze art of different periods. "
Along with the beauty of bronze, the art of China's ancient Buddha statues will also be highlighted. On display are 91 ancient Buddha statues made of various materials from different periods.
Marking the reopening, the National Museum of China is to host a joint China-Germany exhibition called "Art of Enlightenment." With the preparatory work nearly at an end, the Museum will soon be ready for its public presentation starting April 1st.