“Special Digital Exhibition: The World of the Gu Gong Imperial Palace” Opens at Tokyo National Museum


On July 26, 2022, Special Digital Exhibition: The World of the Gu Gong Imperial Palace, jointly held by the Palace Museum, Tokyo National Museum, Toppan Printing Co. Ltd. with special support from the Asahi Shinbun, opened at Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum. It was the first digital exhibition held by China’s Palace Museum abroad. Based on over 20 years of research by Research Institute for Digitalized Application of Cultural Assets affiliated to the Palace Museum, the exhibition combined “Culture + Technology” to surpass division caused by COVID-19 pandemic. Via high-quality digital images, it brought to Japanese audience the Palace Museum’s architecture, collection and underlying fine Chinese traditional culture, showing a dynamic Imperial Palace in the new era and spreading the spirit of openness in cultural exchange between Chinese and foreign civilizations.

The exhibition showcases four themes in three sections. Visitors to this exhibition will experience the depth and richness of Chinese art: They will travel to the Forbidden City at the height of the Qing dynasty through virtual reality, witness beautiful decorative arts through high-resolution 3D imagery, and dive into A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains, a masterpiece of “blue-green” painting, via a massive theater screen. The exhibition will also present Chinese emperors and the tangible cultural heritage of the Qing dynasty through select artworks from Tokyo National Museum. These displays will present an immersive picture of the imperial palace during the brilliant Qing dynasty.

The exhibition will last until September 19, 2022.

Source: Xinhuanet, Tokyo National Museum

Photo Source: Website of The Palace Museum