Saturday, August 13, 2011

Inside Look at the MAM's exhibit: The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City

Join us at at the Mukwonago Community Library on Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 pm, as Judy White docent from the Milwaukee Art Museum gives an hour long audio/visual presentation about the Museum's featured exhibition. "The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures of the Forbidden City".

Gain insights into the breathtaking treasures commissioned by the 18th Century Qianlong Emperor to adorn his private residence deep in China's Forbidden City. The stunning collection ranges from elaborate to the quietly personal--reflecting the refined vision of history's most influential rulers, revealing his reverence for nature and his dedication to Buddhism, Confucian morals, and scholarly pursuits.

I got the opportunity to visit this collection and even by today's standards you can see the quality and exquisiteness of each piece. It was the first time I had ever seen a true lacquered piece of Chinese artwork with inlaid gold so closely. Seeing the best type of this art from the country in which lacquering originated was just astounding. Hopefully you get the chance to see this display before it ends on September 11th, 2011. Otherwise come get some of the historical background and come discuss with us at this even and see some pictures/slideshow of these beautiful pieces!

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