Drawing on dazzling objects from Afghanistan to Greece, Luxury and power: Persia and Greece (until 13 August 2023) explores how luxury shaped the political landscape of Europe and Asia in the first millennium BC. Featuring star loans as well as objects from the British Museum collection, the show brings together exquisitely crafted objects in gold, silver and glass, including the extraordinary Panagyurishte Treasure from Bulgaria.
In a global first, The Citi exhibition China's hidden century (until 8 October 2023) reveals the resilience and innovation of 19th-century China. Between 1796 and 1912 Qing China endured numerous civil uprisings and foreign wars, with revolution ultimately bringing an end to some 2,000 years of dynastic rule and giving way to a modern Chinese republic. This period of violence and turmoil was also one of extraordinary creativity, driven by political, cultural and technological change. In the shadow of these events lie stories of remarkable individuals – at court, in armies, in booming cosmopolitan cities and on the global stage.
Members can also look forward to our forthcoming show on how 1000 years of connection and isolation of Burma shaped the Myanmar of today.