Hong Kong Palace Museum celebrates cultural heritage and international exchange in 2024 exhibition line-up

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29th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) As a bastion of Chinese cultural heritage, the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) announces a stellar roster of exhibitions for 2024, set to enthral over two million visitors since its inception. The museum continues to uphold its mission of nurturing an appreciation for Chinese arts and culture and fostering international dialogue.

HKPM’s 2024 highlight is a deep dive into the Yuanming yuan, the Qing dynasty’s Garden of Perfect Brightness. The exhibition, titled “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: YUAN MING YUAN — Art and Culture of an Imperial Garden-Palace”, is an expansive display of over 190 artefacts, including paintings and architectural models. It opens on 20th March and runs until 12th August, offering a rare glimpse into the life and tastes of Qing emperors.

Commemorating 75 years of the People’s Republic, a special exhibition on the origins of Chinese civilisation is set for September, promising insights from recent archaeological findings. Moreover, marking 60 years of Sino-French diplomatic relations, HKPM collaborates with French institutions to present two major exhibitions. One, a journey through French fashion from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries, and another, later in the year, depicting cultural exchanges between China and France during the 17th and 18th centuries.

July will see the unveiling of a significant exhibition of Ming dynasty imperial porcelains, a testament to the era’s craftsmanship. Another thematic showcase in September at Gallery 5 will explore the representation of animals in Chinese art, juxtaposing historical and contemporary perspectives.

“Passion for Collecting: Founding Donations to the Hong Kong Palace Museum” debuts on 15th March, a tribute to the museum’s founding donors, featuring approximately 100 pieces that span millennia of Chinese artistry. Additionally, the museum’s thematic exhibitions on the Forbidden City and life at the Qing court will undergo a refresh, with new artefacts rotating in to offer novel experiences to visitors.

HKPM’s current offering, “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Stories Untold – Figure Paintings of the Ming Dynasty from the Palace Museum”, continues to display national treasures in rotation, with new pieces introduced on 13th March.

Dr Louis Ng, Museum Director of HKPM, expressed his gratitude for the visitor turnout and enthusiasm. He reaffirmed HKPM’s commitment to curating world-class exhibitions in collaboration with leading cultural institutions worldwide. The museum aims to leverage Hong Kong’s unique position as a crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures, providing a platform for educational and engagement programmes that promote cultural exchange.