International Museum Day is celebrated all over the world on May 18 for the last 36 years. Various events and activities are planned to commemorate this festive day for the museum fraternity. The day was established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the purpose was to create awareness amongst people about the rich heritage they own and the significance of museums in the progress of communities. . Impetus has been on the rise unabated since then, and every year, the International Museum Day gains great participation from museums all over the world. Events and exhibitions are organized at the museums celebrating the rich history and culture various communities possess. Lahore Museum which is one of the oldest museums in Pakistan also held two exhibitions to celebrate the International Museum Day.
Lahore Museum is considered to be amongst the best museums of the world owing to a vast assortment of historical compilation. The Lahore Museum authorities organized two exhibitions on May 18; one was of pottery and the other celebrated modern painting. The event was an attempt to introduce the affluent cultural legacy of the Indo-Pak subcontinent to its dwellers especially the younger generation who seem to have forgotten their own enriching past. Provincial Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad inaugurated both the exhibitions; he was accompanied by the Lahore Museum Director, Ms. Sumaira Sarmad. The event was attended by people belonging to various sections of society who lauded the management of Lahore Museum for their efforts to bring back to life the rich cultural civilization of this region. Beautiful demonstrations of clay art attracted a large number of people to the pottery exhibition. Modern paiting exhibition showcased the work of two young artists, Mazhar Naveed and Uzma Bhatti, at the City Heritage Museum’s gallery. The chief guest Rana Mashhood appreciated the effort as “these kind of exhibitions play a vital role in preserving our culture and history”, he said.
(July 07, 2017)