The Palace Museum, Beijing, and WMF Celebrate Restoration of Juanqinzhai in the Forbidden City’s Qianlong Garden
The Palace Museum (PM) in Beijing and the World Monuments Fund (WMF) today officially unveiled Juanqinzhai (the Studio of Exhaustion from Diligent Service) for its first public viewing after a comprehensive restoration that brings the building close to its original state when it was created by the Qianlong Emperor some 233 years ago. The two organizations are celebrating the results of an intensive five-year project by the Palace Museum working in partnership with the World Monuments Fund. The 18th-century Studio, which features one of the most significant, exquisitely designed interiors to survive relatively unchanged from the times of Imperial China, is the first large-scale restoration to be completed in the Qianlong Garden. Its opening marks the successful first phase of a major 12-year, multimillion-dollar project, funded by the Palace Museum and the World Monuments Fund, to restore the entire complex. The project is WMF’s most comprehensive and the Palace Museum’s most important collaboration with a foreign organization to restore a historic interior.