A contribution towards a different understanding
of the binary relationships of East and West
“To know the road ahead,
ask those coming back”
One of the main outcomes of the PAGODE project is a book, realized as a printed publication and in PDF format. This book celebrates the concept and successful outcomes of PAGODE – Europeana China, dedicated to discover and showcase in Europeana cultural heritage gems testifying to the centuries-old connections between China and Europe.
The book is a high-profile publication including both academic reflections on China-related cultural heritage preserved in Europe, and – for the joy of the eyes – outstanding examples of objects and photographs discovered in European cultural heritage institutions.
Promoting further understanding of the cultural values of China and the cultural exchange between China and Europe allow cultural heritage institutions to connect and to share their collections and metadata across new sectors and countries. It offers the foundations for further reinterpretation of questions of the circulation, trade, collecting and display of Chinese art in modern Europe. Through the Europe-China relationship, from historical and contemporary perspectives, the diversified cultures can build a civilizational digital belt, facilitating connectivity between the European Union and China.
Chinascapes, the exhibition presented in the PAGODE book, aims to give new lens to the virtual visitors to discover, on Europeana, the Chinese heritage preserved by European memory institutions. Created at the end of a project dedicated to Chinese heritage collections preserved in Europe, Chinascapes also celebrates that the wonderful wandering of PAGODE project partners has only just begun. Strolling through time, across continents and cultures, we’ve set out to look for traces of what distinguishes and connects us: an enchanting and enthusing itinerary that won’t let itself get halted easily.
Image on the left: Decoration with the Emperor’s dragon at a Beijing observatory. Slovene Ethnographic Museum. CC BY-SA. Below, a photo of the PAGODE Book, courtesy of Promoter.