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Exhibition The Forbidden City in the Louvre - Emperors of China and Kings of France

from September 29, 2011 to January 9, 2012

Exhibition organized by the Musée du Louvre and the Palace Museum, with scholarly support from the Musée Guimet (National Museum of Asian Art Guimet).

The exhibition is sponsored principally by Schneider Electric, with additional support from Louis Vuitton and the generous backing of Haier, Gide Loyrette Nouel, and Air China.

The catalogue was produced with the support of the Fosun Group.

Exhibition media partners: France Info, Le Figaro, and Metro.

The treasures of the Forbidden City are the focus of a major exhibition presenting a selection of one hundred and thirty works in three distinct areas of the museum.

The result of close cooperation between France and China, this event is undoubtedly a major milestone in the cultural and diplomatic exchanges between the two nations.

The exhibition retraces the evolution of the Forbidden City according to a chronological timeline built around the great emperors who ruled over China from the mid-thirteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. The one hundred and thirty major works on loan from China—paintings, vases, bowls, lacquer ware, ceremonial costumes, military uniforms, and calligraphy—are set in context alongside emblematic figures of Chinese imperial history.

The exhibition spaces devoted to the history of the Louvre (Salles d’Histoire du Louvre) show the successive lines of Chinese rulers and, for each period, the exchanges that have existed between France and China.

In the medieval moats of the Louvre, a model of the Forbidden City captures the magnitude of this palace that arose ex nihilo from the will of one man, the Yongle Emperor (1403–1424), while a video montage provides images of its architectural history.

Also on display, in the Richelieu wing, are the throne room of the Qianlong Emperor (contemporaneous with the eras of Louis XV and Louis XVI) and the masterpieces in silk painting he commissioned, the life-sized portraits of his horses in particular.

Organized by:

Jean-Paul Desroches, Musée Guimet.
Isabelle Leroy-Jay Lemaistre and Guillaume Fonkenell, Musée du Louvre, Department of Sculptures
L V Chenglong, Palace Museum, Forbidden City, Department of Antiquities.

Practical information

(no additional fees) to visit the exhibition
You will be asked to choose a specific time slot for your visit.
Book your tickets on the day of your visit at the museum ticket windows.
Subject to availability.

December 24 and 31, 2011: last visit starts at 3:30 p.m.
Richelieu wing, lower ground floor
Sully wing, Salles d’Histoire du Louvre
Sully wing, Salle de la Maquette and Louvre Médiéval (medieval moats)  
Included in the museum ticket: €10
Open every day except Tuesday.
From 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays).

Admission is free (without booking) for under-18s, and disabled visitors and their guest or helper (valid ID or proof of entitlement required).

18-25 year-old visitors, holders of the Pass Education, unemployed individuals and visitors receiving benefits must pick up their free tickets at the ticket windows.

Further information
+ 33 (0)1 40 20 53 17