On July 19th 2023 , the multilingual website of the Forbidden City Palace Museum- Beijing, China, People’s Republic of Chinawas officially released at the Digital Cultural Tourism Development Forum of the 2023 China Internet Civilization Conference! The website covers five languages: English, French, Russian, Japanese, and Spanish, and will meet the needs of audiences with different languages.
The multilingual website of the Palace Museum is committed to establishing an international website that is concise, clear, easy to use for overseas audiences, and fits the construction of the modern civilization of the Chinese nation, including tour guides, information, panoramic tours, online exhibitions, collection appreciation, cultural topics, etc. Rich immersive content describing of the most detail collection that housed within the Forbidden city collection… .
From September 16th to November 5th, 2023, the ” 松图Charm – Special Exhibition of Rare Inscriptions and Inscriptions” jointly launched by the Palace Museum and the Chinese University of Hong Kong will be on display in the Wenhua Hall of the Palace Museum. There are a total of 65 exhibits (sets) from the Palace Museum and the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Among them, both parties each selected 20 Song rubbings and presented them to the audience. The famous Song rubbings collected by the Palace Museum include the Huayin version of the Huashan Temple Stele of the Eastern Han Dynasty, the Li Qi version of the Jiucheng Palace Liquan Inscription of the Tang Dynasty, the Induction Stele of the Duobao Pagoda of Qianfu Temple in Xijing of the Tang Dynasty, and the Maoqin Palace version of Chunhua Pavilion in the Song Dynasty. “Ten Treasures of Beishan” collected by the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and ten “Prefaces to Orchid Pavilion” collected by Prime Minister Yousi of the Southern Song Dynasty will all be displayed in this exhibition. The exhibition is supported by the Beishantang Foundation, Longfor Group, and the Beijing Palace Museum Cultural Relics Protection Foundation. This exhibition is free to visit with Palace Museum tickets, and visitors can make real-name reservations through the “Forbidden City Museum” WeChat applet.
Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, Jiang Pu, and the laurel rabbit in the moon scroll. This is a painting that is cleverly conceived and combines work and writing. The painter Jiang Pu, who was a poet during the Qianlong Dynasty, used the round shape of the moon as the outer frame of the painting to depict the quiet scenery of the Moon Palace. In the picture, the Jade Rabbit turns its head obediently and stares at the osmanthus tree. The osmanthus tree has a unique shape, with its branches naturally curved along with the round frame. The stamens of the sweet-scented osmanthus are dyed with yellow, and the bright colors not only enrich the picture, but also add warmth to the lonely moon palace.
Qing Dynasty, Li Shizhuo, with Osmanthus and Moon Rabbit. Li Shizhuo, the nephew of the painter Gao Qipei. He successively served as magistrate of the state, deputy censor of the capital, minister of Taichang Temple, etc., and was known as “Li Taichang”. His paintings of landscapes, figures, and flowers are all exquisite, with elegant brushwork and elegant colors. He once learned finger painting from Gao Qipei and was very good at using his fingers as well as his brushwork. This picture depicts a white rabbit lying among the grass, looking up at the fragrant osmanthus tree and the bright moon. Through subtle and aesthetic artistic techniques, he hinted at the beautiful and romantic legend between the Jade Rabbit, the Osmanthus Tree and the Moon Palace.
Qing, Lu Han, and Gong’e play with the moon. “Wanyue” means “watching the moon”, “appreciating the moon” and “appreciating the moon”. The moon is constantly changing in people’s eyes. As Xu Zhao of the Song Dynasty pointed out in the poem “Wan Yue”, it “is like a golden hook at first, and will be like a jade plate when it is full.” Therefore, watching the waxing and waning of the moon at night is a romantic thing, and it is also something that men, women, and children enjoy. This painting of a lady has a simple composition, depicting a young woman holding a fan in hand, leaning on a stone in the courtyard to admire the moon. The brushwork is meticulous, the colors are elegant, and the style is graceful.
On the 20 September 2023 a beautiful Beijing sunset No one is allowed to miss today’s sunset. fall in love with the Forbidden City …..
Qing, Anonymous, Mid-Autumn Festival Jiarui Picture Scroll. This is a painting created by a Qing court painter, showing a boy and a concubine spending the Mid-Autumn Festival together. There are many characters in the whole volume, but the author combines art with life, and cleverly uses the plot and the childishness in it to condense the scattered small entertainment groups into a lively whole. At the same time, the author focused on expressing the lively and joyful emotions of children when they were playing, and combined their forms and spirits together, thus enhancing the appreciation of the painting and expressing the festive theme of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Qing, Anonymous, Mid-Autumn Festival Jiarui Picture Scroll (Part). This part shows the author’s ingenuity in creation. He painted the back screen behind the statue into an oval, and painted on it the rabbits, Guanghan Palace, osmanthus trees, etc. that people imagined the moon palace should have, thus using the oval as both the frame of the back screen and the symbol of the moon. The outline adds extra interest to the painting.
The acceptance and demand for tea drinking has enhanced the exchanges between various regions, ethnic groups, and classes in China throughout history; tea drinking utensils and tea preparation methods are becoming increasingly similar, which is a manifestation of the deepening degree of exchanges. In “One is Two”, Emperor Qianlong is dressed in Han Chinese clothing and is sitting on a couch admiring various tea sets and utensils of different dynasties and national styles; the title in the blank space is “One is two, neither is nor separation. Confucianism and Mohism But, why worry, why think?” This shows Emperor Qianlong’s profound view on the inseparable relationship between Confucianism and Mohism.
From the gathering of treasures from past dynasties to the exchange and integration of ideas and theories, the cultural essence of different time and space is presented in the paintings, which reflects the eclectic nature of Chinese civilization and is the epitome of the evolution of the pluralistic unity of the Chinese nation….
Qing, Anonymous, Mid-Autumn Festival Jiarui Picture Scroll (Part). There are various images of rabbits in this scroll, including not only rabbit statues and paintings as works of art, but also real rabbits interacting with children. In the moon palace, docile rabbits are the gods used to make longevity medicine; in real life, they are the happy playmates of children.
Images and visuals are from – Forbidden City –Palace Museum Beijing- China –People’s Republic of China…..