The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh will exclusively showcase an exhibition of Ming antiquities in summer 2014. The exhibition will include ‘iconic’ blue and white porcelain, silk textiles, cloisonné, jade and gold items. The exhibition titled Ming: The Golden Empire will not be shown anywhere else in the UK and represents something of a coup for the NMS. The exhibition, mounted in association with the Nanjing Museum and Nomad Exhibitions, comes against a background of warm China-Scottish relations in advance of September’s referendum on Scottish independence. Cooperation is developing at many levels between the two countries but this is the first major initiative in the field of art.
Speaking at a reception in Beijing, First Minister Alex Salmond said that the event was the result of a cultural memorandum of understanding signed with the Chinese Ministry of Culture. ‘I am delighted that this partnership will see this exciting and special Ming exhibition brought to Edinburgh next summer,’ said the First Minister. ‘This is a fantastic example of a cultural exchange that is helping us enhance the mutual understanding between our countries, creating an atmosphere of respect, trust and celebration.’
Dr Gordon Rintoul of the NMS said ,’We are thrilled to be bringing a remarkable collection of treasures to the UK for the first time. We are delighted to collaborate with the Nanjing Museum, one of the most prestigious in China, in hosting the only UK showing of this exhibition.”
The exhibition opens on June 27 2014.
Photographs copyright Nanjing Museum/Nomad Exhibitions