Empresses of China's Forbidden City
On view August 18, 2018 to February 10, 2019
This exhibition is the first to explore the role of empresses in shaping China’s last dynasty- the Qing dynasty - from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular objects from the Palace Museum tell the little-known stories of how imperial women influenced court politics, art and religion.
Timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of U.S.-China diplomatic relations, Empresses of China's Forbidden City is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum; the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler, Washington, D.C.; and the Palace Museum, Beijing.
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Empresses of China’s Forbidden City is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum; Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and the Palace Museum, Beijing.
Exhibition support provided by:
Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and the Lynch Foundation
Shirley Z. Johnson and Charles Rumph
The Richard C. von Hess Foundation
American Friends of the Shanghai Museum
Blakemore Foundation; Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo; Quan Zhou and Dr. Xiaohua Zhang; Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund; Skinner, Inc.; Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation; Sandra Urie and Frank Herron; Robert N. Shapiro
Mr. & Mrs. James B. Hawkes for support of seminar programming around the exhibition.
We also recognize the generosity of the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.
Media partner: The Boston Globe