The Puppet Show Exhibition

by Xiaoxu Huang

The puppet show is a form of theater or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets– inanimate objects, often resembling some type of human or animal figure, that are animated or manipulated by a human called a puppeteer. In China, the puppet show was firstly recorded in the Han Dynasty (202B.C. – 220). Since then, the puppet show enjoys a rather central role in traditional Chinese communities, especially in rural areas. They have been closely related to other types of intangible cultural heritages including religions, folk literature and folk music.

Visit the online exhibit:

History, geography and intangible cultural heritage


Plastic arts and genres of puppets


Traditional and modern plays


The concept of “cultural heritage”, modernity, urbanization, commercialization, exoticism


Vocal production and music


Course: Virtual Museum (ArtHIST 305)

The future of museum is on the immateriality, affordances, interactions, processes, artificial organisms, cyber-spaces. After an era of museography, of inorganic taxonomic museums, the short life of virtual museums, the future will be on cyber-museums: borderless, distributed, embodied and able to reproduce new knowledge in different forms, layout and rhizomes. The Internet of Things, augmented reality technologies, new data analyses of artifacts, virtual reality systems, body sensors and simulations associated to new forms of engagement are going to transform missions, roles, goals and communication of museums and collections. The transformation of museums in more dynamic, flexible and open institutions is a challenge of this century and, more importantly, this trend generates new job positions and different professional profiles at the level of cultural resource management, museum communication and technological research.

In the pandemic period all the major museums changed their look, offered a more articulated visualization of on line collections and increased the digital content. Is this a new era of virtual pandemic museums? Does this period create new forms of virtual learning and museum entertainment?

Questions (among others) we will debate along the semester: what is the role of virtual museums in the pandemic era? Is there a difference between digital and virtual museums? What about virtual communication for cultural heritage? How to design a virtual museum for the future? How can we browse and study virtual collections?