Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

The Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture and UNESCO inaugurate “Our Common Heritage: Exploring World Heritage Sites of Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam” on 28 March 2013.

This particular sub-regional exhibition at the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture displays the panels developed within the frame of the project, showing the images of artefacts and architectural elements from the six World Heritage sites participating in the project (Angkor Wat, Preah Vihear, Vat Phou, My Son Sanctuary, Ho Citadel and Thang Long Citadel) to highlight the interconnections between these sites.

Following the common themes developed by UNESCO and experts on “Nature and Myth” and “Trade and Exchange”, the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture presents their own theme in the panels “The Worship of Po Nagar in Champa” with the use of the collections from the museum. Exploring the legend of Po Nagar (literally meaning “the goddess of the motherland”) who was the protector of the territory of Champa, the Museum recounts the background and symbolic representations of this goddess in the northern religious capital of the Kingdom of Champa, the World Heritage Site of My Son Sanctuary.

Originally opened in 1919 to house sculptures collected by French archaeologists and experts from l’Ecole Française d’Extrême Orient (EFEO) from the Da Nang Site, the Museum of Cham Sculpture continues to house the world’s largest collection of Cham sculpture. This innovative exhibition will enhance the Museum’s role as a site-museum, even though it is situated far from the My Son site itself. Due to its large number of artefacts from the My Son Sanctuary, the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture plays a significant role in interpreting and presenting the authentic values and meanings of the Site to the wider public. 

The Education Programme “What is your Holy Animal?”

With the objective to guide local students to explore the richness of Cham sculptures by focusing on representations of sacred animals, various activities are organised in the Museum open free of charge to all students from local primary and secondary schools throughout 2013. In addition to understanding the interconnections of in-situ artefacts from World Heritage sites, the students will also have first-hand access to the artefacts housed in the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, therefore will understand the role of a museum as a platform for intercultural dialogue.

By enhancing their knowledge of these legends, symbolisms and contextual frameworks, not only are their artistic, observational and critical thinking skills developed, but also their awareness of their own cultural heritage. 

Practical Information

The exhibition runs until March 2014.

The Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture is located in No. 2, 2/9 Street, Bình Hiên, Hải Châu, Da Nang City.

Its website: http://www.chammuseum.danang.vn/English/Home/tabid/64/Default.aspxtml    

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