Melbourne has exclusive display rights in Australia of more than 120 priceless artefacts from Beijing’s prestigious Palace Museum, on show at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in the latest exhibition, A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795).Last week at the NGV, Premier Daniel Andrews officially opened the Melbourne-exclusive exhibition, which presents artworks created and collected during the 60-year reign of one of China’s most successful rulers, the Qianlong Emperor.
“This incredible exhibition is an opportunity for Victorians and visitors to see rarely displayed works from China’s illustrious Palace Museum in the Forbidden City,” Andres said.
“Our state is Australia’s arts and culture capital. This exhibition is exclusive to Melbourne, reinforcing our strong ties with China and the NGV’s track record of presenting internationally significant exhibitions.”
A passionate artist and prolific writer, the Qianlong Emperor sought to build a collection that not only documented Chinese culture of the time but actively influenced and built on it, through his interest in the art of Europe, Japan and India.
The exhibition includes some of the Emperor’s own paintings and works of calligraphy. Highlights include stunning large-scale paintings on silk, imperial seals made from gold, ivory and jade, opulent silk court robes, ceremonial hats, swords, bows and arrows and jewellery.
The exhibition, which has brought many objects to Australia for the first time, has been made possible through a partnership between the NGV and The Palace Museum, one of the most popular cultural and tourist attractions in the world.
A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736-1795 is open daily at NGV International until 21 June 2015.
Edited by : Peter Needham