National Museum of Scotland exhibition: Ming: The Golden Empire

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Ming: The Golden Empire, 27 June – 19 October 2014, National Museum of Scotland

The Ming dynasty (1368–1644) was a period in Chinese history marked by economic strength and a dramatic flourishing of the arts. In this exhibition, see a collection of stunning Ming artefacts from Nanjing Museum, many on display in the UK for the first time.

Ming, meaning brilliant or bright, was a dynasty which fully lived up to its name. Exquisite luxury items and rare objects reveal the wealth and opulence of the Ming imperial court and demonstrate the remarkable cultural, technological and economic achievements of the period.

Encounter beautiful blue and white porcelains with which the Ming period is synonymous, as well as sumptuous silk textiles, gold and jades, and rare examples of elaborately enamelled cloisonné.

A richly coloured painting from the early Ming illustrates the symbolic grandeur and geometrical order of Beijing’s newly built Forbidden City. Paintings and calligraphies by leading painters reveal the preoccupations of the Ming cultural elite, from dreams of escape from official life to philosophical attitudes to the natural world.

Investigating the prosperous Ming economy and its effects on social and cultural systems during the 16th and 17th centuries, the exhibition also reflects on the legacy the Ming has left Chinese culture.

This exhibition has been produced by Nomad Exhibitions in association with Nanjing Museum. Ming: The Golden Empire is sponsored by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers.

 National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh

0300 123 6789


Events in the Hippodrome cinema

The Hippodrome cinema, Bo’ness, and Falkirk  Community Trust are hosting a special screening of the multi-award winning film, The King of Masks(面具) in
on Saturday going Cinema of Childhood, curated by filmmaker  Mark Cousins in conjunction with the Filmhouse Edinburgh.

The film tells the story of an old illusionist in 1930s China in need of an  heir to pass on the secret of his mask tricks to. With no son, the man buys  himself a grandson, but the child has a secret. Together they will study the  ancient art of silk masks, by which a man’s face can take on a new and  startling visage in the flash of a second. This is a film of simplicity,
beauty and surprising emotional power.

Film critic Roger Ebert noted: “Like so many recent Chinese films, it  benefits enormously from the beauty of the setting, the costumes and the customs.”

This film was chosen as the seasonal “Jeely Jar Special” where  customers can benefit from 2-4-1 tickets by presenting a clean jam jar at  the box office. Tickets for this event are also only £2.30 per ticket,  making it a great price for such a fantastic film, and can also be booked in  advance by calling 01324 506850 (you can even book the 2-4-1 offer and bring
your jar on the day!).

Event page please click here.