Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908): Selections From The Summer Palace

Gayle Anderson was live in Santa Ana to see something rare. It’s “Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908): Selections From The Summer Palace.” While most commonly understood as a politician, this formidable matriarch was introduced to Western audiences 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 in four different sections, featuring more than 100 objects that have never before been seen in the United States.

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