The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) announces that the central government has approved the loan of 914 priceless treasures from the Palace Museum to HKPM. These loans will be presented at the openings of HKPM in July.
The 914 loans are carefully selected from over 1.86 million works in the Palace Museum’s collection. Among them, 166 works are first-class objects classified as “national treasures”. Most of the loaned objects are exhibited for the first time in Hong Kong.
The treasures on loan to HKPM are rich and diverse, covering all major categories of the Palace Museum’s collection, ranging from painting and calligraphy to bronze, including ceramics, jade, ironwork, enamel, lacquerware, seals, costume and textiles, jewellery, rare books and architecture. These splendid works span nearly 5,000 years.
One of HKPM’s opening exhibitions “The Making of Masterpieces: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Palace Museum” brings together 35 rare and iconic works from the Tang and Sung dynasties, which form the largest group of ancient paintings and calligraphic works on loan from the Palace Museum to institutions outside the continent over the past 15 years.
The priceless treasure included the painting “Nymph of the Luo River Attributed to Gu Kaizhi”, which is a top-notch national treasure. And also the “Emperor’s Seal with Coiled Dragon and Box” from Chongde Period, Qing Dynasty.
“We would like to express our deep appreciation to the central government, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the National Administration of Cultural Heritage, the Palace Museum and other organizations, as well as the HKSAR government for their unwavering support for HKPM,” said Bernard Charnwut Chan, Chairman of the Board of HKPM.
The 914 works of the Palace Museum will be presented during the opening exhibitions of HKPM for durations ranging from one month to more than one year. In keeping with best curatorial practice, some of the works will be exhibited for a limited period.
For example, works on paper or silk such as ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphic works are very sensitive to fluctuations in light and humidity. Therefore, they will be exposed to HKPM for only one to three months.