Historical and art exhibitions play a vital role in increasing the public’s comprehensive knowledge. It is argued that museums and art galleries should focus on the local history and art rather than international works. I agree because the local art and historical works can promote great patriotism but we should not ignore the importance of other countries’ art and history.
Promoting domestic art and historical works is crucial in nurturing patriotism. All kinds of local works displayed in museums and art galleries recreate the chronological flow and cultural values of one nation. Gaining knowledge from these works, thus, ensures one’s love and pride for one’s country. For instance, the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City possesses a series of themed rooms with military equipment and graphic photographs depicting war crimes and the people’s sufferings, which enhances the audiences’ empathy and appreciation for their motherland and its residents.
However, the significance of international works should not be underestimated for what they can offer. The global historical and art works allow the public to acquire proper understanding about different nations’ political and social issues as well as their distinct cultures, which is a vital factor in fostering globalization. In particular, besides French historical and art works, the Louvre museum in Paris exhibits series of multiple nations’ works from Egyptian to European, and even Islamic, which attracts millions of visitors all around the world every year, helps expanding their multifaceted knowledge, and apparently supports the economy and international relations.
In short, though the local historical and art works are essential, they should not be the sole focus of museums and art galleries. International historical and art works are of equal importance and should be promoted as well.