Ming With Zing
Suzhou Museum - Retrospect of Dynasty
Outgrowing its original home in Suzhou’s historic and beautiful Zhong Wang Fu (Prince Zhong’s Mansion), the Suzhou Museum’s collection of over 15,000 cultural artifacts and treasures was in serious need of new premises. Into the breach stepped world famous, Pritzker prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, and the resulting new museum which opened in 2006 now boasts over 2,200 square metres of display area, 70,000 books and documents, 20,000 stone inscription rubbings and an enviable assemblage of notable relics, paintings and calligraphy from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Until 14th April, this large and varied collection also plays host to over 100 Ming Dynasty jade carvings, porcelain, gold and silver ornaments, ceramics and silk fabrics from the era of Emperor Wanli (1573-1620) on loan from the Beijing Capital Museum under the exhibition title ‘Retrospect of Dynasty’. Exploring the interaction between arts and politics, the exhibition helps to demonstrate the rise and ultimate fall of the Ming Dynasty juxtaposing the moral corruption and loss of power of the upper classes and the flourishing of the arts and handicrafts of the lower orders. Approximately only an hour and half from Shanghai, this is one cultural day trip guaranteed to put some zing in your Ming.