This major exhibition will explore a golden age in China’s history.
Between AD 1400 and 1450, China was a global superpower run by one family – the Ming dynasty – who established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. During this period, Ming China was thoroughly connected with the outside world. Chinese artists absorbed many fascinating influences, and created some of the most beautiful objects and paintings ever made. The exhibition will feature a range of these spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – from museums across China and the rest of the world. Many of them have only been very recently discovered and have never been seen outside China.
Please note: tickets for the same day are only available to purchase at the Ticket Desk in the Museum and are not available to purchase online or by telephone.
Image:Detail of a cloisonné jar, decorated with dragons and imperial mark. China, Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, 1426– 1435.
Free entry and priority access to all special exhibitions including:
- Ancient lives, new discoveries (22 May - 19 April 2015 )
- The BP Exhibition Ming: 50 years that changed China
(18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015)
- Germany: memories of a nation (16 October 2014 - 25 January 2015)