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The Ceramics Gallery of the Palace Museum


Location:the Hall of Martial Valor (Wuying dian)

Dates: 2021-05-01 through *

The Ceramics Gallery of the Palace Museum will reopen to the public on 1 May 2021, after two years of closure. The new Ceramics Gallery moved from the Hall of Literary Glory (Wenhua dian) to the Hall of Martial Valor (Wuying dian) and changes were made to the exhibition space, the thematic and content design, the number of exhibits, and the integration of exhibition display into ancient architecture. The new gallery aims to bring visitors a brand-new viewing experience, where visitors will be emersed in the great charm of Chinese porcelain culture.


Renovation Highlights
The Ceramics Gallery of the Palace Museum was founded in 1952 and first opened at the Palace of Compassion and Tranquility (Cining gong) area. The gallery has seen several relocations and renovations since then. Now, after over two years of preparation, the most recently renovated Ceramics Gallery will greet its visitors at the Hall of Martial Valor (Wuying dian) area. The gallery continues to showcase the Palace Museum’s copious, comprehensive, and well-dated collection of ancient ceramics. The display follows the developmental history of Chinese ceramics and presents its 8000 years of continuous evolution. The gallery’s content has been greatly enriched and updated. The initial eleven thematic units are expanded into the current seventeen thematic units, where the six added units elaborate on the various characteristics of the ancient ceramics and porcelain collection at the Palace Museum. Central to the Palace Museum’s collection, porcelain wares from the “Five Great Kilns” and the imperial kilns of Ming and Qing Dynasties continue to be featured as key objects. In addition, the gallery’s exhibition extends the represented historical periods into the Republican era of China, increasing the total number of exhibits to more than one thousand pieces of objects. The new gallery’s exhibition strives to present the prolonged historical development and the profound culture of Chinese ceramics and porcelain comprehensively, in order to demonstrate the rich connotations of ancient ceramics in the Palace Museum’s collection.

The Ceramics Gallery uses the main building of the Hall Martial Valor (Wuying dian), the connecting covered way, and the Hall of Respectful Thoughts (Jingsi dian) at the back as its main exhibition space. Following the chronological order, ten thematic units unfold the development of Chinese ceramics from the Neolithic period to the Republican era (i.e., displayed by the general history). Freestanding display cases are used to highlight the larger objects, such as the “Large Vase with Variegated Glazes.” An “exhibition-within-exhibition” space is built at the entrance of the main building of the Hall of Martial Valor (Wuying dian). Its exterior incorporates architectural elements from the Forbidden City, while its inner space features an alternating selection of objects (the first selection presents seven porcelain wares from the imperial kilns of Jingdezhen from the Qianlong period, such as vases with openwork double-wall, rotatable neck, and revolving interior). The eastern and western ancillary halls of the Hall of Martial Valor (Wuying dian) accommodate six thematic units divided by porcelain’s functions, exhibiting porcelain wares for court weddings, sacrificial rituals, dining, display and rewards, imperial birthdays, and religious ceremonies. The Hall for Cultivating Virtues (Yude tang) at the northwest terrace displays Chinese export porcelain from the Palace Museum’s collection. Moreover, the “Specimen from Chinese Ancient Ceramics Kiln Sites” exhibition and the Ancient Ceramics Archive Viewing Room, previously located at the western ancillary hall of the Palace of Prolonging Happiness (Yanxi gong), have relocated respectively to the administrative rooms at the eastern and western ancillary halls of the Hall of Martial Valor (Wuying dian). The Hall of Martial Valor (Wuying dian) area has become the permanent gallery dedicated to all kinds of ceramics artefacts in the Forbidden City.

Notice on Reservations for Visiting the Hall of the Ceramics Gallery
“The Ceramics Gallery”, held in the Hall of Literary Glory (Wenhua dian) in the Forbidden City from 1 May  2021, does not require an additional ticket. In light of current epidemic prevention and control requirements, and in accordance with regulations of requiring reservations, limiting the number of daily visitors, and setting visiting-time intervals, the exhibition requires advance reservations, which may be made ten days prior to the scheduled visit. Each day is divided into a morning and afternoon interval (permitting 2,000 visitors in the morning and 1,000 in the afternoon); reservations will be taken until the quota is reached. Visitors may make reservations via the Palace Museum’s online ticketing service (https://gugong.ktmtech.cn/) or the Palace Museum’s official WeChat account by real-name registration with a second-generation ID card (for Chinese residents) or passport (for foreigners). At the entrance, visitors are required to present their QR health code and identification for scanning and have their temperature taken. (When entering, each visitor must present the ID card or passport used at the time of reservation.)

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