museum diplomacy

Ten terracotta statues (picture) have been shipped to Singapore for their first exhibition in South-east Asia, at the Asian Civilisation Museum. Together with about 100 artefacts from China's Qin and Han dynasties, the statues were shipped, over land and by air, from the Chinese city of Xi'an. The "Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor and His Legacy" exhibition will run from June 24 to Oct 16.

Sarajevo announced plans to open a museum of its brutal siege by Bosnian Serb forces, saying the approaching trial of their commander Ratko Mladic made it all the more important to display the evidence. The collection includes an encyclopedia on the siege and 1,400 filmed accounts of witnesses.

Some 347 items representing the art and culture of civilizations on the Arabian Peninsula from Paleolithic times to the early 20th century—when the contemporary Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was formed—are on display at Russia’s fabled Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

The lives and rich traditions of descendants of West African slaves who live in southern coastal regions of the eastern United States are being showcased at a museum in Washington, DC. The exhibit at the Smithsonian's Anacostia aims to educate people about the Gullah people while promoting preservation of their culture and traditions.

Governor Bob McDonnell today signed an historic cultural exchange agreement to bring “Treasures from the Forbidden City,” a showcase of approximately 200 objects from Beijing’s Palace Museum to Virginia in the summer of 2014.

The BMW Group and Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation introduce New York City as the first site of a six-year social science project to improve urban living, beginning August 2011.

[A statement] said the move followed a decision by French authorities not to send for exhibition in Tehran several items from the Louvres' collections, although Tehran has twice loaned items to Paris for exhibits as agreed under a 2004 accord.

In seven months on loan from the British Museum to the National Museum of Iran [the Cyrus Cylinder] has been seen by more than a million Iranians. MacGregor believes that the cylinder -- and objects like it -- can do what politicians often fail to do and bring antagonistic countries closer together.