$450 Million Hong Kong Palace Museum Debuts with Forbidden City Treasures, Louvre Loans

  • July 04, 2022 17:58

  • Email
Curators and conservators from the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) work with the Palace Museum curators to perform condition checks for the newly arrived treasures from the Palace Museum. © Hong Kong Palace Museum
© Hong Kong Palace Museum

Hong Kong’s newest arts and cultural landmark, the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) located in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), officially opened its doors to the public this week.

An unprecedented loan show from the Palace Museum in Beijing's Forbidden City is among the largest and finest grouping of objects ever lent to another cultural institution since 1925. 

The 914 loans were selected from over 1.86 million works in the Palace Museum’s collection. Among them, 166 works (approximately 18% of the loans) are classified as grade-one “national treasures." Most of the objects on loan are exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time.

One of the HKPM opening exhibitions, The Making of Masterpieces: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Palace Museum, brings together 35 rare and iconic works dating back to the Tang and Sung dynasties.

Located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront, the HKPM is a seven-story building designed by Hong Kong-based Rocco Design Architects Associates, with nine galleries specifically designed for thematic and special exhibitions.

The Palace Museum treasures are shown in rotation in the HKPM’s opening exhibitions, displayed alongside more than 100 works on loan from local museums and cultural institutions. The museum will also display 13 prized art objects loaned from Musée du Louvre in Paris, commemorating cultural and knowledge exchanges between China and other countries.

The cost of construction and operation of HKPM was covered by an HKD 3.5 billion (USD 446 million) donation by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. 

"Ten Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains," a 12th century ink-on-paper work by Zhao Fu, on loan from The Palace Museum.


  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) Sunset, 1830-5.

After 13 Years, ARTFIXdaily to Cease Daily News Service

  • ArtfixDaily / August 15th, 2022

ARTFIXdaily will end weekday e-newsletter service after 13 years of publishing art world press releases, events and ...

Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Critical Mass, 2002 (Courtesy of the Cheech Marin Collection and Riverside Art Museum).

Inaugural Exhibition at The Cheech Highlights Groundbreaking Chicano Artists

  • ArtfixDaily / July 7th, 2022

One of the nation’s first permanent spaces dedicated to showcasing Chicano art and culture opened on June ...

Jacob Lawrence,.  .  .  is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?—Patrick Henry,1775 , Panel 1, 1955, from Struggle: From the History of the American People, 1954–56, egg tempera on hardboard.  Collection of Harvey and Harvey-Ann Ross.  © 2022 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Crystal Bridges Explores the U.S. Constitution Through Art in New Exhibition 'We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy'

  • ArtfixDaily / July 7th, 2022

Original print of the U.S. Constitution headlines exhibition sponsored by Ken Griffin (who purchased it for $43.2 ...

Salvador Dalí (1904–1989), Christ of St John of the Cross, 1951, oil on canvas © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Dalí / El Greco Side-by-Side Exhibit Prompts: 'Are They Really Paintings of the Same Thing?'

  • ArtfixDaily / July 6th, 2022

From July 9 to December 4, 2022, The Auckland Project in the U.K. will unite two Spanish masterpieces from British ...


Related Press Releases