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The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors

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Published on Mar 6, 2014

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada is hosting a new exhibition looking at hundreds of years of Chinese history. The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors will be on display from March 8 to September 1, 2014.

Presented in collaboration with Beijing's Palace Museum, the show brings to Canada for the first time approximately 250 treasures that were part of Chinese imperial life for five centuries in a city strictly off-limits to all but the emperor, his family, and his personal servants. These objects are the relics of a momentous chapter in China's long and fascinating history.

More than 80 of the exhibition's objects, including textiles, calligraphy, paintings, and armour, have never before travelled outside the Forbidden City. Complemented by stunning artifacts from the ROM's own internationally celebrated Chinese collections, these objects tell captivating stories and reveal the fascinating characters that made the Forbidden City the centre of an immense empire for more than 500 years. Due to the significant number of light-sensitive textiles and paintings, there will be an extensive rotation of objects half way through the exhibition's engagement, presenting a new opportunity to experience the stories and exquisite objects of the Forbidden City.

"The ROM's exhibition takes visitors on a remarkable journey to the heart of the Forbidden City — once off limits to all but a privileged few," said Janet Carding, ROM Director and CEO. "Carefully selected by our

curatorial team, these extraordinary artifacts from Beijing's Palace Museum will give visitors an inside view of life within the Forbidden City and immerse them in China's rich history. The exhibition is the centerpiece of the Museum's Centennial, bringing to life our promise to connect our visitors with their communities, world, and with each other."

To learn more, please visit http://www.rom.on.ca/en

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