Palace Museum Culture Lecture Series: Entering the Palace Museum - Reading Traditional Culture in the Forbidden City
April 10 2021 at 10:00AM - 12:15PM
Free Event

The Hong Kong Palace Museum is pleased to present the Palace Museum Culture Lecture Series, featuring leading experts from the Palace Museum in Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong. With topics ranging from the architecture of the Forbidden City to the art collections and culture of the imperial court, the inaugural lectures will be held online on 10 April, 8 May, and 12 June 2021. All lectures are free and open to the public to foster understanding and appreciation of Chinese art and culture.

"Entering the Palace Museum: Reading Traditional Culture in the Forbidden City", a lecture by Ren Wanping, Deputy Director of the Palace Museum, will be held on 10 April. Director Ren will investigate the principles and ideas behind the architectural layout, design style, and naming of the Forbidden City. She will present vivid stories of the past, bringing them to life with reference to historical artefacts, such as beautiful clothing, luxurious utensils, and imperial documents. 

Date: 10 April 2021 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00am–12:15pm (Hong Kong Time)
Speaker: Ren Wanping, Deputy Director, Palace Museum
Language: Putonghua, with English and Cantonese simultaneous interpretation
Event Platform: Zoom
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About the Speaker:

Ren Wanping, Deputy Director, Palace Museum

Image: Courtesy of Ren Wanping

Ren Wanping is Deputy Director and Lead Curator of the Palace Museum, Beijing. A leading expert on the political system, rituals, and customs of the Qing dynasty, Ren has served as a member of the National Qing Dynasty History Compilation Committee and Vice Chair of the Chinese Museums Association. Her scholarly contributions have been recognized nationally. Ren is a special guest on the primetime TV programme National Treasure on China Central Television. She has curated a number of major special exhibitions, including “Dragon and Phoenix: Qing Imperial Weddings”, “The Qing Imperial Birthday Celebrations (1644–1911)”, “Celebrating the Lunar New Year inside the Forbidden City”, and the recent exhibition on architecture “Everlasting Splendour: Six Centuries at the Forbidden City”. She has published numerous monographs and journal articles, and lectured at museums and universities to promote public understanding of Chinese traditional culture.


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Image: ‘Five Oxen’, Traditionally attributed to Han Huang (723–87), Tang dynasty, 8th century © The Palace Museum

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