Exhibitions

Juanquin theater room stage

Courtesy of World Monuments Fund, copyright the Palace Musuem, Beijing.

The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City

On view September 14, 2010 to January 9, 2011

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

NOTE: Through January 8, the museum will remain open to visitors until 8 pm. Special $10 admission after 5 pm.

Never before seen by the public, the contents of an Emperor’s private retreat deep within the Forbidden City will be revealed for the first time at the Peabody Essex Museum.

An 18th-century compound in a hidden quadrant of the immense imperial complex, the Qianlong Garden (also known as the Tranquility and Longevity Palace Garden), is part of a decade-long, multimillion-dollar conservation initiative undertaken by the World Monuments Fund in partnership with the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Ninety objects of ceremony and leisure — murals, paintings, wall coverings, furniture, architectural elements, jades and cloisonné — unveil the private realm of the Qianlong Emperor (r.1736-1796), one of history’s most influential figures. In his time, he was among the richest, most powerful men in the world. A connoisseur, scholar and devout Buddhist, he created a luxurious garden compound to serve throughout his retirement as a secluded place of contemplation, repose and entertainment.

Organized by PEM in partnership with the Palace Museum, Beijing, and in cooperation with World Monuments Fund. The exhibition travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibition and national tour are made possible in part by generous support from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and American Express. A major grant has been provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and additional support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations) and the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.

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Note: This special exhibition is included with museum admission.

 

TOURING SCHEDULE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | www.metmuseum.org | Feb. 1 - May 1, 2011

Milwaukee Art Museum | www.mam.org | June 11 - September 11, 2011


Images

Shrine and statue of Jingang

Shrine and statue of Jingang

From Cuishanglou
Calcite or lapis lazuli, gilt copper, silver, and glass
Overall 15 ½ x 11 x 7 ½ inches (39.7 x 28 x 19 cm)
Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Throne

Throne

From Yanghe Jingshe
Zitan, bamboo, jade, semi-precious stones, and lacquer
38 ½ x 46 ¼ x 33 inches (98 x 117.5 x 84 cm)
Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Interior scene from Yucuixuan

Interior scene from Yucuixuan

Ink and colors on paper
124 3/4 x 144 3/8 (317 x 337.5 cm)
Copyright The Palace Museum, Beijing.

Screen (sixteen panels)

Screen (sixteen panels)

From Yunguanglou
Zitan, lacquer, jade, and gold paint
Each panel 84 x 28 x 2 ½ inches (213 x 58.7 x 6 cm)
Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Hanging panel with niches

Hanging panel with niches

From Cuishanglou
Zitan, painted and gilt clay, colors on silk
65 ½ x 36 ½ x 1 ½ inches (166 x 93 x 3.7 cm)
Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Juanquin theater room stage

Juanquin theater room stage

Courtesy of World Monuments Fund, copyright the Palace Musuem, Beijing.

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