Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Virginia Museum to Display China's "Forbidden Treasures"

The most important and largest international travel exhibition ever assembled by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will bring the splendor of China's Forbidden City to Richmond this fall. "Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures form the Palace Museum, Beijing" is the most visible product of a seven-year collaboration between the VMFA and Beijing's Palace Museum, the first to be established by any U.S. art museum. The VMFA will become the first U.S. museum to exhibit works from its permanent collection at the Palace Museum. VMFA's famed Faberge collection will go on display in the historic Meridian Gate of the Palace Museum in May 2016.

"Forbidden City" will portray the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties with a focus on the 17th and 18th centuries. Gallery design, dramatic images of the palace, architectural models and video will create an immersive experience, as if passing through the Forbidden City during the height of its glory and splendor. Emperor Qianlong's throne will be at the center of a simulated journey into the buildings and grounds that were long forbidden to anyone other than the emperor's family, officials, and servants. The exhibition will also include some mammoth paintings--some done by the emperors themselves. One of the most stunning objects will be a suit of ceremonial armor from the Qing dynasty. It is made of yellow satin embellished with copper studs with a dragon design embroidered in gold thread.

In addition to the works from the Palace Museum, the VMFA will incorporate items from its own East Asian Collection into the "Forbidden City" exhibit to expand the story of the Qing rulers of China. The treasures will be on display from October 18 to January 11. The VMFA is just a short walk from Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument