The Development of Cultural Diplomacy in Toronto through the lens of the ROM’s “The Chinese Exhibition,” 1974
Museum , China , Archaeology
In 1974, the Royal Ontario Museum hosted “The Chinese Exhibition,” a blockbuster exhibit featuring the archaeological finds of the People’s Republic of China. “Blockbuster exhibits” are a significant locus for cultural exchange between the exhibiting institution and the culture that is being showcased. The purpose of “The Chinese Exhibition” was to simultaneously legitimize the ROM as a player on the global stage, as well as to further the cultural legitimacy of the PRC in the Western World via international diplomacy.