The Dongyue Temple in the eastern part of Beijing was opened to tourists in February this year.
Now a photo exhibition with pictures selected from the "Global Files" of the Albert Kahn Museum
of France has opened in the Beijing Folklore Museum in the temple. These photos were taken in
June 1913, using colored glass reversal negative plates and they are precious materials that
vividly playback the past glory of the Dongyue Temple.|
Mr. Albert Kahn (1860-1940) was born into a Jewish merchant's family in eastern France, and
later became a well known banker in the world. According to him, international folk cultural
communications could help promote peace in the world, and he was devoted to this cause. In
1909, Albert Kahn adopted the most advanced photographic technology available at that time to
edit the Global File. He recruited 11 photographers to take pictures in over 50 countries from
1909 to 1931 about their life and political and social events.
statues in the Dongyue Temple,
a photo included in the Global File
taken on July 7, 1913.
To commemorate Mr. Kahn, the Albert Kahn Museum was built in France after his death, and all of
the global files edited by him are kept in the museum. The files include 7,200 colored glass
reversal negative plates and 183,000 meters of moving pictures. Among these files there are 655
colored glass reversal negative plates taken in 1909, and about 70 minutes of moving film. The 25
pictures shown in this exhibition in the Dongyue Temple are only a small part of the collection. On
March 5, Madame Jeanne Beausolei, director of the Albert Kahn Museum, held a press
conference in the Dongyue Temple. At the conference, she showed the photo album edited by
her including all the 1,766 photos taken in China from 1909 to 1913. She said that all the photos
and pictures about China will be published in 2000, and a larger scale exhibition will be held in the
Temple of Heaven in Beijing in October this year. Madame Jeanne Beausoleil has been engaged
in museum research for 25 years, and she is also interested in history, literature, philosophy and
music. She has also done lots of research about Chinese culture.
In 1994 the French Cultural Act Association signed a three-year cooperation contract with the
local legislative assembly of the Upper River Seine Province, listing the China project as one of
its major projects. From 1995, Jeanne Beausoleil has traveled between China and France to
promote cultural exchanges between the two countries. The historical photo exhibition in the
Dongyue Temple is only one part of the project. She said that the Global File left by Mr. Albert
Kahn is very precious, and the section about China is particularly valuable. She plans to carry
more research work related to China with these photos and pictures.
Stone tablet forest.
Madame Jeanne Beausoleil said that she will carry out the wishes of Mr. Kahn to promote
international artistic cooperation, and that she would pay great attention to cooperation with