A major exhibition of 160 items from one of the world's greatest collections of Chinese art is headed to Houston this fall.
More than half of the objects in the unique exhibit, Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, will be on view in the United States for the first time. The exhibit will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from October 23 through January 22, 2017.
The exhibit, which features a unique selection of exquisite paintings, calligraphy, bronzes, and decorative arts, illuminates the legacies of eight emperors and one empress who ruled between the early-12th-century Song dynasty and the early-20th-century Qing dynasty, and explores how Chinese art came to evolve and flourish under Han Chinese, Mongol, and Manchu rulers.
Among the treasures that will be on display: A white pottery vase from the 11th century, a supreme example of the art of the Chinese potter; landscape paintings by court artists of the 12th century; a calligraphy by the Emperor Huizong in his distinctive style; a “chicken cup” produced in the mid-Ming period, for centuries the most sought after of all porcelain wares on account of its superb quality; fine silk tapestries little known outside China; and the Qianlong emperor’s box of small treasures.
Once sheltered in Beijing’s Forbidden City, these masterpieces of Chinese art were moved to Taiwan during prolonged conflict and now reside in the National Palace Museum, Taipei.