A Lofty Retreat from the Red Dust: The Secret Garden of Emperor Qianlong
The “Qianlong Garden”, also known as the Ningshou Gong Garden, is located in the northeastern corner of the Forbidden City. It is a complex built by Emperor Qianlong for his enjoyment after his retirement and has never been opened to the public before. The Garden is now being restored to its former splendour, after which some of the objects in the Garden are revealed to the world. The Hong Kong Museum of Art is honoured to be the first museum in Asia to stage the artifacts of the Garden.
Featuring 77 sets of painting and calligraphy, furniture, mural paintings, architectural elements and religious art on loan from the Palace Museum, the exhibition attempts to study the cultural significance of the traditional Chinese royal garden, as well as the Emperor’s philosophical thoughts and religious beliefs, his pursuit of longevity and eternal bliss as reflected in the intriguing design of the Garden and its artifacts.
The exhibition gallery is designed to reconstruct the sense of intimacy and the allure of the Garden. Interactive installation is incorporated to offer the audience a new visiting experience.