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JUANQINZHAI IN THE QIANLONG GARDEN

Long-term partnership to preserve Qianlong Emperor’s legacy

JUANQINZHAI IN THE QIANLONG GARDEN
Beijing, Forbidden City, China
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BACKGROUND

The Qianlong Emperor, fifth of China’s Qing Dynasty, reigned from 1735 to 1796 and was the longest-serving ruler in China. He designed a garden complex in the Forbidden City for his eventual retirement. It was built between 1771 and 1776 and reflects the emperor’s broad cultural tastes and knowledge. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF began a partnership with the Palace Museum in 2002 to restore the Qianlong Gardens and to assist in training Chinese conservators to tackle the many complex challenges presented when working with the fragile historic interiors and their unusual mix of materials and artistic techniques. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Qianlong Garden in the Forbidden City was designed as a private, two-acre garden retreat with four courtyards, elaborate rockeries, and some 27 pavilions and structures. The garden was largely abandoned after the last emperor left the Forbidden City in 1924 and its buildings were never opened to the public.

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Juanqinzhai In The Qianlong Garden
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Juanqinzhai In The Qianlong Garden
Wallpaper: Juanqinzhai In The Qianlong Garden
Juanqinzhai In The Qianlong Garden
Wallpaper: Juanqinzhai In The Qianlong Garden
Juanqinzhai In The Qianlong Garden
Wallpaper: Juanqinzhai In The Qianlong Garden
VIDEOS
Hadrian Award 2008World Monuments Fund 2008 Hadrian Award
October, 2009

Every year, the World Monuments Fund gives the Hadrian Award to international leaders who have advanced the preservation of world art and architecture.

In 2008, WMF honored Houghton, Doreen, and Graeme Freeman and the Freeman Foundation.

The Freeman Foundation is the lead supporter of our work in Asia, including the Qianlong Garden in the Forbidden City, and the Japanese Imperial Buddhist Convents.

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IN THE MEDIA
To Protect and Preserve
Financial Times, Saturday, March 10, 2012
China exhibit at MAM reveals an emperor's past
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Emperor as Aesthete
Art & Antiques, Tuesday, March 1, 2011
A Man of Contradictions, With a Collection to Match
The New York Times, Thursday, February 3, 2011
Paradise on earth
The Economist, Thursday, February 3, 2011
Peabody Essex Museum Exhibit Is a Gateway to the Orient
Boston Globe, Friday, September 17, 2010
The Emperor’s Private Paradise’ Opens at Peabody Essex Sept. 14
Antiques and the Arts Online, Tuesday, August 31, 2010