Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty

February 3 - June 10, 2018
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, USA

The florescence of the arts in the Chinese Qing court rivaled that of Europe’s great kingdoms. This backdrop of opulence also served to affirm imperial power and prestige, and as stagecraft for the emperor’s leading role as “son of heaven.” “Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty” presents treasures from the museum’s renowned collection of Chinese art, including rare court costumes, jades, lacquers, paintings, and sculpture. Mia’s curator of Chinese art, Liu Yang, has collaborated with celebrated artist, director, and stage designer Robert Wilson to create an experiential exhibition that engages the senses and evokes the otherworldly, intoxicating—and even dangerous—world of the Qing court (1644–1912).

Exhibition Concept and Design: Robert Wilson - Co-Design: Stephanie Engeln - Curator: Liu Yang - Lighting Design: A.J. Weissbard
Sound Design: Rodrigo Gava - Contributing Visual Artists: Wang Dongling, Yang Yongliang - Minneapolis Institute of Art: Matthew Welch