Tsinghua University Art Museum opened to the public on September 11, 2016. Ranging from students, faculties and guests from outside the school, close to 4000 people visited on the opening day. At 9:00 in the morning, Tsinghua Art Museum opened its gates and welcomed its visitors. Ju Yi, a freshman student from the Department of Building Technology and Science,School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, was the lucky first visitor of Tsinghua University Art Museum in history. Feng Yuan, Curator and Director of the museum, personally led Ju Yi around the museum. Ju Yi received a present as a souvenir and took a picture with the director to express gratitude. The museum allowed free admission to the first 100 visitors.
Director Feng Yuan and Ju Yi
As the highlight of the museum, “Dialogue with Leonardo da Vinci / The 4th Art & Science International Exhibition” received the most attention on the opening day. After two years of careful planning by Tsinghua University Art Museum, this special exhibition is the largest public display of da Vinci’s authentic original sketches outside of Italy. In addition to da Vinci’s 60 original sketches, design models, and the famous oil painting, The Last Supper (around 1611-1616, reproduced by Vespino), contemporary video artworks and installations from “The 4th Art & Science International Exhibition” are also included in the exhibit. In the da Vinci exhibition hall, not only can visitors feast their eyes on da Vinci’s original works, but they can also thoroughly analyze The Last Supper with the help of interactive video facilities.
Visitors for the “Dialogue with Leonardo da Vinci / The 4th Art & Science International Exhibition”
Volunteers at the “Dialogue with Leonardo da Vinci / The 4th Art & Science International Exhibition”
Guests visiting “Dialogue with Leonardo da Vinci / The 4th Art and Science International Exhibition”
The museum received much praise from the general public. Some visitors have commented that exhibition content not only was varied and enriching, but also had high artistic values. Showcasing art from the east and the west, past and present, the museum is a true gem to enjoy fully at a slow pace with concentration and appreciation. On the opening day, Tsinghua University Art Museum provided audio guides and touchscreen visual guides. There were also 48 volunteers leading visitors through the exhibitions. With Q-and-A sessions between the volunteers and the visitors, the artistic environment became lively with the exchange of knowledge. Demonstrating their professional service attitude, Tsinghua University Art Museum also supplies baby stroller, wheel chairs and other assistance services.