The ROM’s Centennial exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors takes visitors deep into the heart of the world’s largest imperial palace. As Presenting Sponsor of this remarkable new show, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation continues its dedication to promoting Chinese arts and culture and advancing cross-cultural understanding between China and the world.
Curated by the ROM with exquisite artifacts on loan from Beijing’s Palace Museum, The Forbidden City offers insight and understanding of Chinese history and culture. Paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, decorative objects and architecture reveal the personal lives of China’s emperors, the workings of government and the pomp and ceremony of palace life. Visitors will also learn the stories of the court officials, concubines, and eunuchs who inhabited this mysterious complex.
“Robust educational programming in support of this exhibition will encourage a wider exploration by the public, targeting young people and school students, in particular,” said Robert H. N. Ho, Founder of the Foundation. “Our Foundation emphasizes the educational aspect of exhibitions we support to advance cross-cultural insight and encourage popular appreciation for China’s rich cultural heritage.”
Many of the 250 captivating objects and Chinese national treasures on display have never before travelled outside the walls of the Forbidden City. Visitors will journey inside one of the world’s most complex and compelling empires and learn about the history of China’s last dynasties, including the Forbidden City’s governance, relationship with the West, its closing in 1911 and its legacy today.