News & events > Exhibition: "Ming: 50 years that changed China" | UK
18 Sep 2014 - 05 Jan 2015

Exhibition: "Ming: 50 years that changed China" | UK

Ming vase UK Between 18 September 2014 and 5 January 2015 the British Museum, in London, an ASEMUS member, presents an exhibition entitled "Ming: 50 years that changed China". This major exhibition explores a golden age in China’s history. Between AD 1400 and 1450, China was a global superpower run by one family – the Ming dynasty – who established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. During this period, Ming China was thoroughly connected with the outside world. Chinese artists absorbed many fascinating influences, and created some of the most beautiful objects and paintings ever made. The exhibition features a range of these spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – from museums across China and the rest of the world. Many of them have only very recently been discovered and have never been seen outside China. Highlights include a fabulous presentation sword, exquisite porcelain, and a silk scroll painting of the great imperial palace in Beijing. In the framework of the exhibition, a conference entitled 'Ming: courts and contacts 1400-1450' will take place in London on 9-11 October. Additional information Image: Cloisonné jar, decorated with dragons and imperial mark. China, Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, 1426–1435