The large exhibition, which will be reconstructed using European and American collections, will not be visible until 2024
EXHIBITION – The large exhibition, which will be reconstructed using European and American collections, will not be visible until 2024 The explanation this time is not health but “ethical”. This Monday, the castle of the dukes announced a further postponement of son exposition Genghis Khan, which was to take place in the first half of 2021 at the History Museum of Nantes in partnership with the Museum of Inner Mongolia in China. “We are now forced to postpone this exhibition to October 2024 due to the hardening, this summer, of the Chinese government’s position against the Mongolian minority », Wrote Bertrand Guillet, the director, in a press release.
“Censorship with regard to the initial project”
According to him, the Chinese authorities have indeed requested a right of inspection on the content of the exhibition, then demanded to remove certain elements of vocabulary (the words Genghis Khan, Empire and Mongol). “At the end of the summer, an announcement to modify the content of the exhibition accompanied by a request to check all of our productions was made,” continues Bertrand Guillet. The proposed new synopsis, written by the heritage office of Beijing, applied as a censorship with regard to the initial project, includes in particular elements of tendentious rewriting aimed at completely eliminating Mongolian history and culture in favor of a new national narrative. “
The history museum has therefore decided to postpone the event but the activities (photo exhibition, conference) already scheduled are maintained. The exhibition will be reconstructed using European and American collections, the museum said.