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Location:The South Storehouses (Nandaku)
Dates: 2018-09-19 through *
The Palace Museum has officially opened the Furniture Gallery. As the newest gallery in the Forbidden City, this space is dedicated to one specific form of art; in this way, it is similar to the Ceramics Gallery, Calligraphy and Painting Gallery, and other galleries dedicated to showcasing their respective forms of art. The Furniture Gallery is located in the southwest sector of the Forbidden City in an area known as the South Storehouses. The new gallery is currently displaying over 300 pieces or sets of Qing-dynasty furniture used by the imperial court.
The Palace Museum currently has over 6,200 pieces or sets of Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) furniture in its collection; many of these works are rare and superb examples from those periods. For many decades, these treasures of imperial furnishings have been stored deep within the collection storehouses. Beginning in 2015, the Museum’s administration began to expand the visiting areas accessible to the public and increase the number of items on view. At that time, the South Storehouses were designated as an exhibition space for court furniture. After almost three years of planning and renovation, the South Storehouses are now open as a modern space for storing and showcasing exquisite examples of dynastic furniture.
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu