Palace Museum in Hong Kong: Beijing’s iconic cultural institution to open a new branch in West Kowloon; AFP

China – Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang

Beijing’s Palace Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has vast holdings of paintings, ceramics, calligraphy and antiquities from the Chinese imperial collections, and displays just a small fraction of them at any given time.

The Hong Kong branch will rely on long-term loans from the original Palace Museum to display art covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.

The HKPM will serve as a focal point of the West Kowloon Cultural District, where it will complement M+, a museum of visual culture that is to be one of the largest in the world focusing on 20th- and 21st-century art, design, architecture and moving images. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, M+ is expected to open in 2019.

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