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Wang Yuegong was born in Beijing in January 1969. He is ethnically Han Chinese, without political affiliation, and a research fellow at the Palace Museum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Art History and Theory, China Academy of Arts (previously called Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts) in July 1991, the year he also began working at the Palace Museum. He served in the former Exhibition Department from August 1991 to April 1998 and in the Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual from April 1998 to April 2020. He served, successively, as the deputy-director of the religious relics group, deputy-head of the Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual, head of the Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual, and other roles. Since April 2020, he has been a deputy-director of the Palace Museum. He concurrently serves as the head of the Palace Museum Institute for Traditional Court Opera Research and the secretary-general and deputy-director of the Institute for Research on Tibetan Buddhist Relics in the Palace Museum Collection. Additionally, he is an advisor for the Palace Museum post-doctorate research center.

Since beginning work at the Palace Museum, he has been involved primarily in the preservation, organization, and research of palace cultural relics as well as curation of various exhibitions. He successfully directed the complete organization and verification of palace cultural relics in the Palace Museum collection. His primary academic interests are Tibetan Buddhist art and cultural relics related to traditional court opera. Having been entrusted with many projects by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, he has authenticated and ranked artwork in collections held by other Chinese museums. He, successively, published articles such as “Research on Yuan Dynasty Tantric Buddhist Sculptures at Feilai Peak, Hangzhou” (Yuandai hangzhou feilaifeng fojiao mizong zaoxiang zhi yanjiu), “On Classical Chinese Qin-Zither (Gǔ Qín) of Emperor Qianlong’s Court” (Qianlong chao gongting qinshi kao), and “Several Historical Questions Regarding Tibetan Buddhism in the Yongzheng Court” (Yongzheng chao gongting zangchuan fojiao shishi zhong de jige wenti) and participated in the compilation of large works such as Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum: Tibetan Buddhist Sculptures (Gugong bowuyuan cang wenwu zhenpin quanji—zangchuan fojiao zaoxiang juan), Complete Collection of Palace Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (Ming qing gongting jiaju quanji), and The Fortune and Longevity of Sumeru: An Encounter between the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and the Palace Museum (Xumifu si—dang zhashilunbu si yushang zijin cheng). He has directed several dozens of exhibitions within the Palace Museum, at other Chinese museums, and abroad, including “Lingering Voice of the Sages: The Culture of Qin” in the Palace of Accumulated Purity (Zhongcui gong), “Lightness of Essence” (Miaodi xinchuan—zangchuan fojiao wenwu tezhan), “Beyond Boundaries: Cartier and the Palace Museum Craftsmanship and Restoration Exhibition”, and “Beauty Unites Us — Chinese Art from the Vatican Museums”.

Publications
“Discussion on Cleaning the Elephant and Washing the Elephant” (<Saoxiang tu> yu <xixiang tu> manshuo). Forbidden City, no. 6 (1995).
Meditative Words of Qing Emperor Shizong (Qing shizong chanhua); Discussions on Qing Palace History (Qingdai gongshi congtan). Beijing: Forbidden City Publishing House, 1996.
“Research on Yuan Dynasty Tantric Buddhist Sculptures at Feilai Peak in Hangzhou” (Yuandai hangzhou feilaifeng fojiao mizong zaoxiang zhi yanjiu). New Arts, no. 2 (1998).
“A Reading of Vimalakirti Images in the Buddhist Arts” (Fojiao meishu zhong de weimajie ticai shidu). Palace Museum Journal, no. 4 (2004).
The Palace Museum and Chaumet (Paris). Shared Hearts of the East and West Seas: Remembering the Palace Museum and Chaumet Jewellery Exhibition (Donghai xihai, qi xin you tong—ji gugong bowuyuan yu shangmei bali zhubao hezuo zhan); Imperial Splendours: The Art of Jewellery since the 18th Century (Shang zhi yi qionghua: shiyu shiba shiji de zhenbao yishu zhan). Forbidden City Publishing House, 2017
Zhejiang Provincial Museum. Son of Heaven in the Glory Age: Exhibition of the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing Dynasty (Shengshi tianzi—qing gaozong qianlong huangdi). Wenwu chubanshe (lit. “Cultural Relics Publishing House”), 2017.
The Palace Museum and the Al Thani Collection Foundation. Treasures from the Al Thani Collection (Mingxin xiezhen: kataer alesani shoucang zhan). Beijing: Forbidden City Publishing House, 2018.
“On Classical Chinese Qin-Zither (Gǔ Qín) of Emperor Qianlong’s Court” (Qianlong chao gongting qinshi kao). Palace Museum Journal, no. 2 (2018).
“The Three Exhibits Symbolizing Imperial Power in the Exhibition of Cartier and the Palace Museum” (Wanguo yiguan bai mianliu: kadiya yu gugong bowuyuan tezhan zhong zhangxian wangzhe fengfan de sanjian zhongyao zhanpin). Forbidden City (May 2019).
“Several Historical Questions Regarding Tibetan Buddhism in the Yongzheng Court” (Yongzheng chao gongting zangchuan fojiao shishi zhong de jige wenti). Journal of Gugong Studies, no. 20.
(editorial committee) Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum: Tibetan Buddhist Thangkas (Gugong bowuyuan cang wenwu zhenpin quanji—zangchuan fojiao tangka juan). Hong Kong: The Commercial Press, 2002.
(deputy-editor-in-chief) Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum: Tibetan Buddhist Sculptures (Gugong bowuyuan cang wenwu zhenpin quanji—zangchuan fojiao zaoxiang juan). Hong Kong: The Commercial Press, 2003.
(deputy-editor-in-chief) Complete Collection of Palace Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (20 volumes) (Ming qing gongting jiaju quanji). Beijing: Forbidden City Publishing House, 2015.
(editor-in-chief) “Testimony of Demeanor” in Beyond Boundaries: Cartier and the Palace Museum Craftsmanship and Restoration Exhibition (Youjie zhi wai—kadiya, gugong buwuyuan gongyi yu xiufu tezhan – fengfan jianzheng). Beijing: Forbidden City Publishing House, 2019.
(editor-in-chief) The Light of Buddha——Buddhist Sculptures of the Palace Museum and Zhiguan Museum of Fine Art (Fotuo zhi guang—gugong bowuyuan yu zhiguan meishuguan fojiao zaoxiang). Beijing: Forbidden City Publishing House, 2019.
The Fortune and Longevity of Sumeru: An Encounter between the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and the Palace Museum (Xumifu si—dang zhashilunbu si yushang zijin cheng). Beijing: Forbidden City Publishing House, 2020.

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