Emperors’ Treasures at Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is hosting a special exhibition of “Emperors’ Treasures”, which include more than 150 Chinese artworks from the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Rarely seen outside the court at the time of their creation, these artworks inherited an aura of mystery that has fueled an enduring fascination. Characterized by their extraordinary splendor, beauty and richness, these objects represent the highlights of China’s artistic accomplishments.

The treasures were originally in the Imperial Palace Museum (Forbidden City) in Beijing. They were moved from the mainland to Taiwan in 1949 during the Chinese Civil War, which left the Communists in control of the mainland, and the Nationalists in control of Taiwan. 

Through exquisite paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, jades and more, Emperors’ Treasures explores the identities of nine rulers who reigned from the 12th through 20th centuries. By examining each ruler’s contribution to the arts and the eras’ changing styles, this exhibition aims to reveal how emperors’ personal tastes shaped the evolution of art in China.

The exhibition is through September 18, 2016. The Museum is closed on Mondays.