The BP exhibition
18 September 2014 –
5 January 2015
Supported by BP
★★★★★ 'magnificent' The Telegraph
★★★★ ★ 'spectacular' The Times
★★★★ ★ 'a sparkling show' London Evening Standard
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This major exhibition explores a golden age in China’s history.
Between AD 1400 and 1450, China was a global superpower run by one family – the Ming dynasty – who established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. During this period, Ming China was thoroughly connected with the outside world. Chinese artists absorbed many fascinating influences, and created some of the most beautiful objects and paintings ever made.
The exhibition features a range of these spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – from museums across China and the rest of the world. Many of them have only very recently been discovered and have never been seen outside China.
Art Exhibitions China – principal Chinese contributor
Open daily 10.00–17.30,
Fridays until 20.30
Last entry 70 mins before closing
These include a fabulous presentation sword, exquisite porcelain, and a silk scroll painting of the great imperial palace in Beijing.
See some of the key moments in Ming China in the period AD 1400-1450, alongside notable events from the rest of the world.
19 September 2014
Yu-ping Luk, Exhibition Project Curator, British Museum
Find out more about some of the objects on display, such as this headdress made of beaten gold, in materials from lacquer to cloisonné.
Imperial porcelain reflected a courtly interest in other cultures, and its manufacture was strictly controlled to meet the highest standards. Ming porcelain has long been prized by collectors in Britain and around the world. This stunning blue-and-white vase with lotus decoration is the largest Ming imperial porcelain of its kind in the British Museum collection, and will be touring the UK in 2014–15. Supported by BP.
A number of objects borrowed for this exhibition will be recommended for protection under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (protection of cultural objects on loan).