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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 – Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

Champlevé Ewer with European Figures in Landscape, Qing dynasty, reign of the Qianlong emperor, 清 乾隆 金胎內填兼畫琺瑯西洋母子圖執壺 1735–96, gold with enamel inlay, National Palace Museum, Taipei. Image © National Palace Museum

Champlevé Ewer with European Figures in Landscape, Qing dynasty, reign of the Qianlong emperor, 清 乾隆 金胎內填兼畫琺瑯西洋母子圖執壺 1735–96, gold with enamel inlay, National Palace Museum, Taipei. Image © National Palace Museum

Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei brings to Houston masterpieces that highlight the artistic and cultural contributions of imperial rulers in China, from the Song dynasty to the Qing dynasty. More than 160 works of art from the National Palace Museum offer a unique selection of paintings, bronzes, calligraphy, and decorative arts, including porcelain, textiles, enamels, and jade.

The exhibition presents examples of the finest craftsmanship and imperial taste, exploring the roles that eight emperors and one empress—who ruled between the early-12th-century Song dynasty and the early-20th-century Qing dynasty—had in the establishment and development of new artistic directions through the masterpieces they collected, commissioned, and in some cases created. Emperors' Treasures outlines how Chinese art came to evolve and flourish under Han Chinese, Mongol, and Manchu rulers.

These remarkable objects have rarely been displayed outside of Taipei. Selections include an 11th-century white pottery vase that is a supreme example of the art of the Chinese potter; landscape paintings by court artists of the 12th century; a calligraphy by the Emperor Huizong in his distinctive style; a “chicken cup” produced in the mid-Ming period, for centuries the most sought after of all porcelain wares because of its superb quality; fine silk tapestries little known outside of China; and the Qianlong emperor's box of small treasures.

Photography is not permitted in this exhibition.

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HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission: MFAH Members-FREE Adult-$15 ($14 Online); Senior (65+) $10 ($9 Online); Youth (13-18) $7.50 ($6.50 Online); Child (12 & younger) FREE; Military (ID Required) $10; Student (ID Required) $7.50 Ticketed exhibitions require an additional admission charge. Free Hours: FREE THURSDAY 10 am - 9 pm

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  • Audrey Jones Beck Building 5601 Main Street Houston, TX 77005

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