The Hong Kong Palace Museum officially opened on July 3, 2022, in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China. As a leading institution committed to the study and appreciation of Chinese art and culture, the new museum presents a curated selection of the finest objects from the Palace Museum in Beijing, as well as other major cultural institutions around the world. Its inaugural exhibitions include over 900 objects from the Palace Museum in Beijing, many of which are exhibited in Hong Kong for the very first time.
The Hong Kong Palace Museum comprises nine galleries in total: five host thematic exhibitions that talk about the history and culture of the Palace Museum; two feature art collections and multimedia projects in Hong Kong; and two are special shows devoted to Chinese art.
To celebrate its opening, the museum has two special exhibitions on show. The first is “The Making of Masterpieces: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Palace Museum”, where 35 early treasures of Chinese painting and calligraphy from the Palace Museum collection are showcased in three rotations; and the second is “Grand Gallop: Art and Culture of the Horse”, where the visitor is invited to learn about the symbolic, social, military and political significance of the horse through paintings, sculptures and decorative art objects.