The royal treatment
TEXT Rafelle Marie Allego
PHOTOS António Sanmarful
If anywhere in China is filled with treasures then it’s the Palace Museum in Beijing. This national attraction housed in the Forbidden City is filled with a raft of historical treasures, many of which have been brought to the Macao Museum of Art (MAM) for a series of exhibitions that run until next month. Taking up four floors, the exhibitions showcase the court life and culture of the Forbidden City over the ages.
The exhibitions are divided into four galleries and include ‘A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains 3.0’ on the second floor and ‘The Long Journey: The Forbidden City and Maritime Silk Road’, which boasts nearly 150 cultural relics from the Ming and Qing dynasties, on the fourth floor. There’s also an exhibition of cultural and creative items from the Palace Museum on the third floor, complete with an ‘education area’, while the first floor is filled with illustrations depicting two decades of collaboration between the Palace Museum and the MAM.
The exhibitions are open daily from 10am to 7pm and admission is free. The second-floor exhibition closed on 15 March but the others are all on until 13 April. Here is our pick of some of the most beautiful and interesting items on display…