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Drawn from the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing, Forbidden City will offer visitors a unique journey through a palace once forbidden to the general public, and provide a glimpse into this hidden world through rich and diverse objects from the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties. Featured works include large portraits, costumes, furniture, court paintings, religious sculptures, and fine decorative arts such as bronzes, lacquer ware, and jade. This exhibition explores the significant roles of imperial rituals, court painting, imperial family life, and religion in the Forbidden City.
Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing is organized by the Palace Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition is curated by Li Jian, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of East Asian Art at VMFA.
This exhibition is part of a groundbreaking exchange between the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace Museum – a series of collaborative projects between 2011 and 2016 that include exhibition and staff exchange in the areas of administration, curatorship, conservation, education, and security. VMFA is the first art museum in the United States to establish such an extensive collaborative project with the Palace Museum in Beijing, and this is the first time VMFA will host an exhibition of Chinese art directly from China.
A scholarly catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with essays contributed by Li Jian, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of East Asian Art at VMFA; He Li, Associate Curator of Chinese Art from the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco; Hou-mei Sung, Curator of Asian Art from the Cincinnati Art Museum; and Ma Shengnan, Associate Researcher from the Palace Museum. The exhibition catalogue is published by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing is presented by:
Julia Louise Reynolds Fund
Eda Hofstead Cabaniss
Mrs. Frances Massey Dulaney
National Endowment for the Arts
The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation
The Anne Carter and Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Fred T. Tattersall
Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation
Lilli and William Beyer
The Dr. Donald S. and Beejay Brown Exhibitions Endowment
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia
Frank Qiu and Ting Xu of Evergreen Enterprises
Leapfrog 3D Printers
Memorial Foundation for Children
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Mary and Don Shockey
Carolyn and John Snow
Capital One Bank
The Jeanann Gray Dunlap Foundation
Jack and Mary Spain
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