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Date: Saturday 6 July 2024
Registration: 09:45 – 10:00am
Guided viewing: 10:00 – 12:00am
Place: Gallery 8, Hong Kong Palace Museum

The Oriental Ceramic Society is delighted to present an exclusive guided viewing of the exhibition ‘The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: YUAN MING YUAN — Art and Culture of an imperial garden-palace’ Special Exhibition at the Hong Kong Palace Museum, with Dr Xu Yang.

Shedding new light on Yuanming yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness) by featuring over 190 spectacular paintings, architectural models, and other works associated with this once-magnificent Qing dynasty imperial garden-palace, which served as the principal residence of five Qing emperors. The exhibition highlights the garden’s space and layout, festival activities, aesthetic tastes of the emperors, and the stories about the imperial family dwelling in the garden. In this exhibition, visitors will discover the crowning achievements of imperial garden-palace design, the stories about the garden’s principal residents, and the history of the Qing imperial court.

The exhibition is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Palace Museum, the Palace Museum, and the Yuanmingyuan Administration Office of Haidian District of Beijing. It is solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

Dr Xu Yang is an Associate Curator of the Hong Kong Palace Museum. He received his doctorate in Architectural History from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr Yang has led the curatorial and publication of “YUAN MING YUAN — Art and Culture of an Imperial Garden-Palace” Special Exhibition. Prior to his appointment at the Hong Kong Palace Museum, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National University of Singapore. He began his career early on at the National Museum of China. A specialist in East Asian architectural history and garden art, his scholarly interests concern the dynamics between architecture, images, and archives. He acted as the co-investigator of a project granted by the National Social Science Fund of China, and has published in academic journals such as Cultural Relics, Palace Museum Journal, Architectural Journal, and Orientations.

Please note that all visitors will receive individual ticket for entry to the Special Exhibition. Pre-registration is required. Drop-ins will not be entertained.

*The prices include entry ticket to the museum and ticketholders can visit other exhibitions after the tour.

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