[Screengrabs from PEM's video about The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City.]
Another highly anticipated exhibition opening this month is The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City on view September 14, 2010 through January 9, 2011 at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Design enthusiasts can look forward to seeing architectural elements, wall coverings, furniture, murals, jades and cloisonné — in total ninety pieces from the garden compound of the Qianlong Emperor (r.1736-1796). The show is in essence a big reveal; this will be the first time the contents of an Emperor’s private retreat are displayed for the public.
After its run at PEM, the exhibition is scheduled to travel to the Met and then to the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Check out the sumptuous introductory video here.
Related reading: Europeanoiserie and, for more on the ever-complex East-West interplay, Mirror World, Eastern Approaches and Thinking Pink.