by Wendy Wu

Chinese and American art curators have gotten involved in efforts to shore up strained US-China relations, and have enlisted some Qing dynasty empresses in the process.

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912”, an exhibit organised by museums in China and the US, will be on view at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington from March 30 through June 23.

The timing for the show’s second and final US destination was deliberate, after its debut in August at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

“The exhibition was timed to open here in Washington, DC, early in 2019 in recognition of an important milestone for the US-China’s relations: the 40th anniversary of the normalisation of those diplomatic relations,” said Chase Robinson, the museum director, said at a preview event on Thursday…

Reblogged from the South China Morning Post

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