Governor Bob McDonnell has signed an historic cultural exchange agreement to bring “Treasures from the Forbidden City,” a showcase of approximately 200 objects from Beijing’s fabled Palace Museum to Virginia in the summer of 2014.
Speaking on the agreement, Governor McDonnell remarked, “This is a historic partnership for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace Museum in Beijing. â€˜Treasures from the Forbidden City’ will be a boon for Virginia Tourism and the exchange will allow the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to showcase part of its magnificent collection in the most attended museum in the world. I thank the representatives from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Palace Museum, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and others who made this exchange possible. We eagerly anticipate the arrival of this showcase in Richmond.”
This relationship will also result in a reciprocal exhibition from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ comprehensive collection. VMFA will be the first US museum to present an exhibition of its collections at the Palace Museum.