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Ming: 50 years that changed China

Our latest film demonstrates how AHRC-funded research has underpinned a major exhibition exploring a golden age in China’s history.

The Exhibition explores the years 1400 – 1450, a pivotal 50 year period that transformed China during the rule of the Ming dynasty.

In this film we hear from the exhibition’s co-curators Jessica Harrison-Hall (British Museum) and Professor Craig Clunas (University of Oxford) who lead us through the exhibition rooms, demonstrating some of the finest and most historically important objects ever made in China. The exhibition features a range of these spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles. Many of the objects have only very recently been discovered and have never before been seen outside China.

The carefully selected objects in this exhibition shed new light on this important part of world history that is little known in Europe. China’s internal transformation and connections with the rest of the world led to a flourishing of creativity from what was, at the time, the only global superpower.

The film is chance to see how AHRC funded research has shaped and informed the exhibition from the outset and how the funding has facilitated international exchange and partnership working with 21 international lenders including 10 Chinese institutions.

For more information on Ming: 50 Years That Changed China and to book tickets, see the British Museum's website (opens in a new window).

International lenders include:

首都博物馆 Capital Museum

湖北省博物馆 Hubei Provincial Museum

南京市博物馆 Nanjing Municipal Museum

南京博物院 Nanjing Museum

中国国家博物馆 National Museum of China

故宫博物院 The Palace Museum

山东博物馆 Shandong Museum

上海博物馆 Shanghai Museum

山西博物院 Shanxi Museum

四川博物院 Sichuan Museum

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Board of Trustees of the Royal Armouries

Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Muban Foundation

Musée Cernuschi, Musée des Arts de l’Asie de la ville de Paris

Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art

National Folk Museum of Korea 국립민속박물관

National Museum of Korea 국립중앙박물관

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Private Collection

Royal Artillery Historical Trust

Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst

The British Library

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Victoria and Albert Museum

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