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Behind the Vermillion Walls: Courtly Life in the Inner Palace

Forbidden City, Photo Credit: Dr. Chen Shen

Bishop White Committee Symposium

Behind the formidable walls of Beijing's Forbidden City, separated from the daily grime of the imperial capital of China, lay a world of pleasure pavilions and verboten places, ritual and hierarchy, western interactions and exotica. Join the ROM's lead curators of the exhibition Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors and a team of international experts as they unlock the gates for you to peek into the lives of China's imperial household. Speakers will include ROM curators Chen Shen, Wen-chien Cheng and Sarah Fee who will share their insights into the making of the exhibition. Linda Rui Feng from the University of Toronto will be our guide into the Forbidden City as we explore this imperial complex. John Vollmer, former ROM curatorial staff and noted scholar of Asian art, textiles and costume will discuss the intricacies of dressing the court of China's last imperial family. Bruce MacLaren, Chinese Art Specialist at Bonham's New York will share his research into the first North American at the court of the Qianlong Emperor. Capping the day will be Catherine Pagani from the University of Alabama who will unveil the court's fascination and obsession with exotic timepieces.

Program starts at 10:15 am with morning coffee from 10 am to 10:15 am.

Morning coffee and light lunch included.

NOTE: Enter before 10 am through the President's Choice School Entrance (South End). After 10 am enter through the Bloor Street Entrance (Main Doors).

Location

Royal Ontario Museum
Peter F. Bronfman Hall, Level 2

NOTE:
Enter before 10 am through the President's Choice School Entrance (South End).
After 10 am enter through the Bloor Street Entrance (Main Doors).

President's Choice School Entrance ►

Contact

416.586.5797
programs@rom.on.ca