Opening November 10
Exclusively at MIM
MIM invites guests to discover extraordinary musical and archaeological treasures spanning nine thousand years of Chinese musical history at its newest special exhibition, Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum.
Presented in partnership with the Henan Museum, one of China’s oldest and most prestigious museums, the exhibition opens Friday, November 10, and will be on display in MIM’s Target Gallery.
Some highlights of Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum include an approximately nine-thousand-year-old flute (one of China’s oldest musical instruments); an extraordinary instrument stand in the form of a mythical beast from the ancient Chu state; a massive bronze bell from the Zhou dynasty that was part of a magnificent set from the tomb of a duke of the state of Zheng; and charming ceramic figurines illustrating the joyful mixing of cultures during the time of the legendary Silk Road.
On display for the first time in the United States, this spectacular Chinese collection explores the harmony between music, people, heaven, and earth through more than sixty extremely rare instruments and works of art.
“Harmony—in both the musical and the philosophical sense—has always been important in China, and this exhibition plays upon the concept to tie these priceless treasures together and bring history and music to life,” says Colin Pearson, MIM’s curator for this special exhibition and for Asia.
Using interactive technology to explore the exhibition, guests will see, hear, and feel the harmony of the ancients. The ancient instruments on display will come to life through video content featuring performances on replica instruments.
MIM and the Henan Museum have collaborated closely on this exhibition, which initiates the reciprocal relationship between the two museums. After MIM displays this collection, MIM will create a special exhibition from its own collection to send to the Henan Museum.
Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum admission is $7 with paid museum admission or $10 for the exhibition only. Be sure to keep an eye on MIM.org for upcoming concerts and events tied to the exhibition.
In partnership with
Supported by Liz Merchant, Hao and Michelle Wang Foundation, Angelo and Micheline Addona, Babette and Richard Burns, Joe and Elizabeth Chan, and Perry and Ann Sells