Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911
2 January 2016 to 22 May 2016
This exhibition brings together material from the National Library of Australia and the National Library of China to provide a window into the diversity of life under the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), China's last imperial dynasty. The exhibition will be the largest that the National Library of China has ever mounted overseas. Objects from the National Library of China include drawings of imperial structures from the archives of the Lei family, listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2007, as well as maps, ink rubbings, rare books and folk art. Material on display from the National Library of Australia's Chinese holdings include illustrated works depicting the concerns of everyday life, many drawn from the collection of the London Missionary Society acquired by the NLA in 1961.
Entry is free but bookings are essential (timed entry). Tours will be available in English and Chinese.
For more information visit the exhibition website: http://www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions/celestial-empire
For events accompanying the exhibition: http://www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions/celestial-empire/events
The ANU Australian Centre on China in the World is an Associate Partner in the exhibition: http://www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions/celestial-empire/partners