LOS ANGELES – Climbing rope found with the remains of British mountaineer George Mallory, who took part in the first British expedition to Mount Qomolangma, known as Mount Everest in the West, in the early 1920s , to one of the first oxygen sets ever employed in high altitude climbing, an exhibit held at the Bowers Museum in Southern California in the United States takes visitors on an epic journey to Mount Qomolangma.
Title Everest: Rise to Glorythe exhibit combines photographs, film and artifacts from five expeditions leading up to the first successful attempt to scale the world’s tallest mountain in 1953.
“The exhibit focuses on the five expeditions to climb Mount Everest from 1921 to 1953,” said Peter C. Keller, president of the Bowers Museum.
“It consists of over 100 original photographs and some key pieces of equipment, including some very valuable pieces that had been brought back from Tibet,” he says.
The Bowers Museum is partnering with the Royal Geographical Society of London to present the exhibition, showcasing the illustrious history of Mount Qomolangma and the evolving technologies of early attempts to climb the mountain.
This exhibition, curated by renowned Canadian cultural anthropologist and author Wade Davis, comes just after the centenary of the first British reconnaissance expedition to Mount Qomolangma in 1921.
The show, which runs until August 28, attracts more than 600 visitors each day. Audiences are further immersed when they view a 3D model of the colossal mountain, called by locals “the mother goddess of the world”.
“The exhibition revealed the adventurous spirit of human kind and inspires young people to work hard, persevere and overcome difficulties to achieve their goals,” said Anne Shih, Chair of the Board of the Bowers. Museum.
Keller says the exhibit is partly a Chinese exhibit because half of Mount Qomolangma is on the Tibetan side of China.
“The approach to Mount Qomolangma is easier from the Chinese side than from the Nepalese side,” he says.
The Bowers Museum, founded in 1932, has cooperation and exchange programs with Chinese museums, including the Palace Museum, Nanjing Museum and Shanghai Museum.
It has hosted various exhibitions showcasing the cultural heritage of the Forbidden City, Tibet, Xinjiang, Terracotta Warriors in Shaanxi Province and other parts of China.
“We are very energetic in our cooperation with China,” Shih said, adding that the Bowers Museum is committed to serving as a bridge in cultural exchange between the United States and China.
“We hope to bring Chinese culture to the American public through various exhibits, so that they can learn about China’s deep history and splendid culture,” Shih said.