Friday, September 17, 2010

The Newest Blockbuster PEM Exhibit

Portrait of the Qianlong Emperor; Ink and colors on silk: 99-1/2 x 59 inches; Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing

Shrine and statue of Jingang; Calcite or lapis lazuli, gilt copper, silver and glass; 15 1/2 x 11 x 7 1/2 inches; Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing
(Detail of) Hanging panel with niches; zitan, painted and gilt clay, colors on silk; 65 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches; Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing

Mandala; Cloisonne; 22 1/2 x 19 inches; Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing

I was very fortunate to be invited to a preview party to see this fabulous exhibit last week before it opened to the public, and the photos above are just a few of my personal favorites among many.
However, no photo, no matter how good, can really convey what seeing the original of an piece like these can, and so, you really do need to come to experience this exhibit yourself.
Because much has already been written about the exhibit, "The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City" I have decided that you may wish to read these much more professionally written pieces than what I can do, and therefore I have listed some links below. There is even a link to a video piece done by one of the Boston television stations.
So, do read up in the articles below, and enjoy, but really, what you will want to do is make plans to come to SEE and EXPERIENCE this amazing exhibit for yourself. In person. Before it goes to the MET. Before it goes to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Before it returns to the people of China (they have not had the opportunity yet to see any of this.)

I hope you will.

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