Henry Ng, Executive Vice President, World Monuments Fund (WMF) and
Nancy Berliner, Curator of Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston
Residence of the Ambassador of New Zealand (temporary address)
8th Floor, Entrance 1 (West Entrance)
Office Building (Bangong Lou)
Sanlitun DRC, 1 Gongren Tiyuchang Bei Lu
Please note this is a temporary address located in Sanlitun.
All BIS events are off-the-record.
Located in the northeast side of the Forbidden City, the Qianlong Garden was built for the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty in 1771-1776 to serve as part of his retirement complex. The garden and its buildings which are considered as a masterpiece of design, were closed off in 1924 and have never been fully opened to the public.
Since 2002, the World Monuments Fund (WMF), a privately funded international historic preservation organization based in New York City, has been working in partnership with the Palace Museum to conserve and restore the Qianlong Garden in the Forbidden City.
Henry Ng, Executive Vice President of World Monuments Fund (WMF) and Nancy Berliner, Curator of Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), have been the pioneers and directors behind this spectacular conservation project. They will talk about the progress of the restoration program which will include new research, materials, techniques and information they have discovered about the origins and creation of the Garden. Many continue to be surprising and there are mysteries yet to be resolved about how and why certain components were actually executed.