China exhibit highlighted

Published 10:24 pm Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kerry Brown from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond will discuss an exhibit of imperial treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing, during a free program at Lake Prince Woods retirement community at 7 p.m. Oct. 21.



The landmark exhibit will feature more than 120 works of art from the collection of the Palace Museum, the largest art museum in China and the largest palace in the world.

The Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing, will feature portraits of emperors and empresses, court paintings, religious sculpture, fine ceramics, bronzes and lacquerware, jade, costumes, textiles and furniture and will illuminate life inside the ancient imperial palace.


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The palace complex encompasses more than 900 buildings surrounded by soaring walls and a moat in the center of Beijing, and the museum will use 3-D printing technology and architectural features to give visitors the immersive experience of passing through the Forbidden City at the height of its glory and splendor.

The exhibition features many objects never before seen outside of China, as well as works from VMFA’s East Asian holdings.

Brown’s presentation will include information about the works featured in the exhibit.

For more information about the presentation, contact Linda Bunch, executive director of the Suffolk Art League, at 925-0448.

The art league will host a bus excursion to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art on Nov. 18 for a docent-guided tour of “The Forbidden City” exhibition, including time for participants to have lunch on their own and view some of the permanent collection.

The fee for the bus excursion is $30, which includes roundtrip transportation and the docent tour. The bus will leave the Suffolk Art Gallery at 8:30 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m. Register by calling the Suffolk Art Gallery at 514-7284 or online at