The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ latest blockbuster, Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing, opens to the general public this Saturday, October 18th. On Wednesday night, hundreds of the museum most ardent supporters gathered for a preview celebration.
Despite the Chinese grandeur all around, the museum provided a local spin at the reception with local brewer Hardywood’s
It proved the perfect welcoming beverage for this here-and-only-here exhibition that represents a coup for the VMFA. According to Sunday’s Richmond Times Dispatch article, the Palace Museum and the VMFA collaborated for seven years to create this exclusive exhibit and bring it here. In exchange, the famed Faberge eggs, part of the museum’s permanent collection, will travel to the Palace Museum to be displayed in 2016.
Let this sneak peak of Forbidden City whet your appetite and get you planning your own visit.
Intrigued by all of these items and many more now on display, I vow to learn more about the period in which the Forbidden City reigned supreme. The VMFA produced a bibliography of books related to this exhibition, and
Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China has really piqued my interest.
This blockbuster, which runs until January 11, 2015, may be as close as I come to seeing the Forbidden City, and I am ready to immerse myself in its uniqueness. Just touring the exhibition halls provides a humbling experience for which I am most grateful. My feelings upon leaving are best summed up as only Confucius can,
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.
October 17, 2014