Spring Spotlight Dinner: The Qianlong Garden

Featuring a presentation from special guest Annabelle Selldorf

Juanqinzhai theater room, after conservation.

Cocktails at 7:00pm

Seated dinner and presentation at 8:00pm

China Blue

135 Watts St, NYC


In 2001, World Monuments Fund launched a historic partnership with the Palace Museum to conserve the Qianlong Garden – an unparalleled site within the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Nearly two decades later, we are in our final phase of work, which includes on-site conservation, the creation of an Interpretation Center, and the development of the first-ever Master’s degree program in conservation in China at Tsinghua University that will allow these important techniques and skills to be passed down to future generations.

In January 2019, WMF announced celebrated architect Annabelle Selldorf will design a new Interpretation Center at the Qianlong Garden, making her one of only a few American architects to lead architectural projects at the site. By adapting the interiors of a restored structure, Selldorf Architects will create a museum-quality exhibition space with didactics and amenities. As a result of this project, the Qianlong Garden will be open to the public and will serve as a model for historic site management and operations in China.

Our work at the Qianlong Garden represents one of the largest and most comprehensive conservation projects in our organization’s 53-year history. Its completion and the inauguration of the Interpretation Center will coincide with a major national milestone: the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City, to be celebrated in October 2020.

Join us on April 24th to celebrate this remarkable site, receive a sneak peek at the work of Selldorf Architects on the new Interpretation Center, and raise important funds to support WMF’s programs and mission.