Journey of the Imperial Art Collection in the aftermath of Empress Dowager Cixi’s Rule


Past Event
Member or with paid museum admission $15 | General $20

Location Info:

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA  92706
Presented by Jay Xu, Director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco The Qing empire ended in 1911, three years following the death of Empress Dowager Cixi. What happened subsequently to the imperial Chinese art collection has proven a most extraordinary journey: change in ownership from the Imperial Qing Empire to the Republic of China; partial dispersal of the collection into private hands and museums; its first international exhibition in London; relocation from the Forbidden City in Beijing to inland China to escape the Japanese invasion; partial move from the mainland to Taiwan at the end of the civic war; and landmark exhibitions in the United States. This lecture will discuss salient episodes of this vast, extraordinary and multi-faceted history. Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium


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