Forum I: The Art of Enlightenment – The History of an Exhibition

Date : April 2nd, 2011, 9 am to 12 am

The first forum describes how the exhibition “The Art of the Enlightenment” came about. It also introduces visitors to the sites of the collections from which the exhibited artworks were taken and explores the reasons for choosing this exhibition theme. The forum additionally offers an insight into how the theme of the exhibition was conceived, divided into different sections and organized, and examines the international cooperation between the National Museum of China and the three German museums. The aim is to present the genesis of the exhibition, to describe the challenges and requirements inherent in such a major international cultural project and to portray how the Chinese and German partners worked together to plan and design the exhibition.


The event will be opened by welcome speeches of following persons:

Director Lu Zhangshen, National Museum of China

Minister Cai Wu, Chinese Ministry of Culture

Ambassador Dr Michael Schaefer, German Embassy Beijing

Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Federal Foreign Office

Dr Bernhard Lorentz, Stiftung Mercator


Forum I

Following the welcome speeches, the first dialogue will take place:


Chen Lusheng, Vice Director National Museum of China

Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner, Professor of Sinology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Director Lu Zhangshen, National Museum of China

Panel discussion


Chen Lusheng, Vice Director National Museum of China

Panel Discussion with

Director Zheng Xinmiao, Palace Museum Beijing

Director Fan Di'an, National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Beijing

Director Chen Xiejun, Shanghai Museum

General Director Prof. Dr. Michael Eissenhauer, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz

General Director Prof. Dr. Martin Roth, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

General Director Prof. Dr. Klaus Schrenk, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München


Stiftung Mercator
Huyssenalle 46
D-45128 Essen

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The following Dialogues took place in the National Museum of China from spring 2011 to spring 2012. more


Current information about "Enlightenment in Dialogue" can be downloaded here free of charge. more