Henry Tzu Ng, executive vice president of the World Monuments Fund, will discuss the exquisite and largely hidden areas of China’s Forbidden City and its Lodge of Retirement, built for Emperor Qianlong, on Tuesday, April 5, at the Dallas Museum of Art, as part of the Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology.
The April 5 lecture, Restoring Emperor Qianlong’s Lodge of Retirement: A Look into the Emperor’s Private Forbidden City, coincides with the Museum’s current blockbuster exhibition Splendors of China’s Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong, on view through May 29 in the J. E. R. Chilton Galleries. The lecture is held in partnership with Asia Society, Texas and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Mr. Ng’s New York–based World Monuments Fund (WMF) is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving historic art and architecture. The WMF and the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City are beginning restoration of Emperor Qianlong’s 18th-century Lodge of Retirement—one of the most magnificent but neglected structures in the Forbidden City. A magnificent compound of 180 acres and more than 1,000 buildings, the City was made famous to the Western world in Bernardo Bertolucci’s film The Last Emperor.
The Lodge of Retirement was built for the retirement of Emperor Qianlong, a celebrated patron of the arts, in 1796. Today the Lodge is being restored as part of a multi-million-dollar conservation and restoration project by the WMF and the Palace Museum of Beijing, with plans for completion in time to open to the public for the 2008 Olympics.
The April 5 Boshell Lecture Series will offer an illustrated glimpse of this relatively unheard of section of the Forbidden City, with its exquisite interior features, theatre pavilion and trompe l’oeil paintings, as well as the extraordinary efforts to restore the palace.
Mr. Ng’s lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s Horchow Auditorium, with a reception to follow at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in the Trammell Crow Center.
Admission is $15 for the public, $10 for Museum members and senior citizens, and free for students and members of the Museum’s Friends of World Art and Archaeology. To register, call 214-922-1826.