Sunday, June 12, 2011, 1:30 PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011, 1:30 PM
Hear about the decade-long, multimillion-dollar conservation of the Qianlong Garden, from Henry Ng, executive vice president of the World Monuments Fund.
Sponsored by the Fine Arts Society
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Museum's summer-long CHINA series, five exhibitions covering 3,000 years of Chinese art and culture.
Free with Museum admission
In 2002, the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the Palace Museum began to restore the Qianlong Garden buildings and train Chinese conservators to tackle the complex challenges presented when working with the fragile historic interiors and their mix of unusual materials and artistic techniques. The interiors of many of the buildings in the Qianlong Garden are of extravagant design, using the finest materials and demonstrating exceptional Chinese craftsmanship, and incorporating European artistic techniques such as trompe l'oeil. They number among the finest extant examples of imperial interiors in China and are prized because their original design and materials have survived relatively unaltered from the time they were constructed over 230 years ago. The exhibition features ninety objects of ceremony and leisure-murals, paintings, wall coverings, furniture, architectural elements, jades, and cloisonné-which inhabited the private realm of the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736–1796), one of the eighteenth century's most influential figures.
In his position at the World Monuments Fund, Mr. Ng is responsible for institutional initiatives. He has a B.S. from New York University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Before joining WMF, Mr. Ng worked at the Municipal Art Society of New York, the American Academy in Rome, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the J.M. Kaplan Fund.