Monday, May 7, 2018

PEM to host new exhibit on China's imperial women

By Arianna MacNeill
Ignatius Sichelbarth (Ai Qimeng) and Yi Lantai and possibly Wang Ruxue, Empress Xiaoxian (detail), Qianlong period (1736-1795), 1777, with repainting possibly in 19th century. Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk. Peabody Essex Museum. Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Sturgis Hinds, 1956. Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.
SALEM, MA---The Peabody Essex Museum is bringing the lives of imperial women of China's Qing dynasty to life in August with help from a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. The museum received $200,000 to help with the "Empresses of China's Forbidden City" exhibit costs and the exhibit will borrow almost 200 items from the Palace Museum in Beijing. It's planned to run from Aug. 18 through Feb. 10 with a rotation of new objects in November. The exhibit was organized by the Palace Museum, the PEM and the Freer/Sackler in the Smithsonian. The items include not only paintings, but costumes, Buddhist art, jewelry and decorative art, according to the PEM. [More]

The Peabody Essex Museum: "Empresses of China’s Forbidden City" (August 18 - February 10, 2019); East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA; (978)745-9500;