Digital exhibition “A Passage to Asia: 25 Centuries of Exchange between Asia and Europe”

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the European Union in partnership with the Centre for Fine Arts-Brussels (BOZAR) and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) launched the exhibition “A Passage to Asia: 25 Centuries of Exchange between Asia and Europe”, which will be online until 2022.

The digital exhibition presents a selection of objects from a retrospective previous exhibition organised in Brussels back in 2010. It brings together 18 artefacts from 15 countries, highlighting 2,500 years of exchange between the two continents. Based on the available data and photographic material from the previous collection, high-tech designers created 3-D images of the exhibition objects. To share deeper knowledge about each artefact, labels, audio and visual material have been provided, which would allow the visitors to contextualise each artefact featured under the different themes. With the 360˚ 3-D experience, visitors can navigate through the exhibition in an immersive atmosphere. The exhibition can also be viewed through VR using VR accessories.

The exhibition serves as a testimony to the historic commercial and political networks developed over centuries between Europe and Asia, both on land and sea. It illustrates continued mobility and longstanding cultural exchanges between our two continents, reminding us of the importance of the Europe-Asia relations.


Background information about ASEM

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is a unique, informal platform for political dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe launched in 1996. It brings together 53 partners, including 51 European and Asian countries, the European Union (EU), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat.

ASEM partners represent 65% of global GDP, 60% of the global population, 75% of global tourism and 60% of global trade. The ASEM Summit takes place every two years, alternating between locations in Asia and Europe, to set out the priorities of the partnership. Foreign Ministers’ Meetings are organised between the ASEM Summits. Besides the biennial Summit and the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, a plethora of other meetings between ministers and senior officials covering the topics of education, culture, transport and migration are held.

ASEM is not just a meeting of governments, political leaders and senior officials. It is a platform for the people of Europe and Asia to foster joint actions towards a common future. For 25 years, ASEM has been the most comprehensive partnership between Asia and Europe, crossing hands across continents.