“H.I.M The Empress Dowager of China, Cixi”
戴泽 after the original by Hubert Vos, 1905
Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) stands in the center of modern Chinese history. While most commonly understood as a politician, this formidable matriarch was also introduced to Western audience or reader as a connoisseur, patron and even creator of art in the early twentieth century, a phenomenon that interestingly fell unnoticed in modern scholarship.
This exhibition is the first of its kind in the United States to explore the empress dowager’s roles beyond politics. It has been organized through a groundbreaking partnership with the Summer Palace Museum in Beijing. Upon viewing this exhibition, it will become clear that Cixi not only led politics, but also art of China at the crossroads of tradition and innovation. The exhibition reconstructs the matriarch’s everyday life in the Summer Palace, presenting her multi-faceted roles of politician, matriarch and connoisseur of various arts through four different sections and over 100 objects that have never before been seen in the United States.
Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace is organized by the Summer Palace Museum, Beijing, China and the Bowers Museum and is guest curated by Ying-chen Peng, Assistant Professor of Art History at American University.
THE EXHIBITION WAS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO MAJOR FUNDING FROM THE FOLLOWING PRESENTING SPONSORS:
Angela and Jim Hsu, Mei-Yen Chang and James Huang, Britt and Bob Meyer, D. Diane Anderson and David Poiry, Gayle and Ed Roski, Ling and Charlie Zhang
ADDITIONAL FUNDING WAS GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY:
Janis Agopian, Cindy and Alan Burns, Susan and Stephen Chandler, CHOC Children’s Foundation, Betty and S.L. Huang, Shiow Jing Judy Jou, JYZRE Inc., Katherine Cone Keck, Flora and Joe Ko, Liz Maxson, Queen International, Ann and Robert Ronus, Anne and Danny Shih, Lynda Thomas, Barbara and Steve Tsai, Carole and John Van Houten, Francois Vigier, Valarie Wahler
THE BOWERS MUSEUM PROUDLY RECOGNIZES ITS OFFICIAL PARTNERS
AMERICAN AIRLINES, EXCLUSIVE CARRIER OF THE EMPRESS DOWAGER