For nearly 500 years, China’s Forbidden City – palatial home of emperors and elite in the heart of Beijing – remained a mystery sealed behind imposing palace walls.
Now some of the most prized treasures from the Forbidden City’s innermost sanctums are on their way to Vancouver.
This fall the Vancouver Art Gallery is being transformed into a Chinese imperial court for the landmark exhibition The Forbidden City. From Oct. 18-Jan. 11, nearly 200 objects from the Forbidden City on loan from China’s Palace Museum – everything from suits of armour to silk paintings – will be on display.
The Forbidden City was the seat of imperial power in China throughout the Ming and Qing Dynasties, a period of nearly 500 years from 1416-1911. The sprawling site in Beijing stretches over more than 180 acres and is comprised of 980 buildings with a total of nearly 10,000 rooms. Housed inside are more than a million artifacts spanning half a millennia of global history, from ceramics and paintings, to jade collections and items from daily and ceremonial life. Continue reading:
200 Treasures from China’s Forbidden City Coming to Vancouver