IMD Think Piece by Du Pengfei, Deputy Executive Director of Tsinghua University Art Museum, China

Tsinghua University Art Museum (TAM) officially opened in the fall of 2016.  As a university museum, TAM houses a collection of more than 13,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present day, including masterpieces of Chinese painting and calligraphy, porcelain, and furniture, alongside many other historical, modern and contemporary artefacts.

Due to the crisis of the COVID-19 outbreak, although TAM has been closed during the past months, we never stopped in our mission to create an environment for advancing and supporting humanistic and aesthetic education at Tsinghua University, both within our community and internationally.  In order to better convey the diversity and inclusion we endeavour to implement in this process, digital engagement emerges as a new tool at TAM with which to overcome the restrictions of closure.  Series of digital activities have been developed to reach audiences in a safe and broad manner during this special period. The public can easily access TAM’s website and view most exhibitions through our Digital Exhibitions section.  Live-streaming guided tours and online lectures held by curators and scholars enables us to break limitations of space and time worldwide.  Additionally, on April 26th, TAM celebrated the 109th anniversary of the founding of Tsinghua University and opened its 2020 Window Archives, an online project functioning as a visual record and archive to foster diversity and inclusion during the global pandemic situation, gathering thousands of photographs and videos from many countries.

Recently, in alignment with many other museums in China, we decided to re-open the museum for students and staff members.  In this manner, TAM will continue to play a leading role in cultivating students’ international vision and cross-cultural cognition in a global context.