DMA to Extend Hours in May for China Exhibition

Farewell Fit for an Emperor: A 31-Hour Celebration The Dallas Museum of Art Extends Hours for Final Month of Blockbuster Exhibition s Forbidden City:  The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong

Museum to stay open all night during final weekend; offer variety of programs

In a farewell fit for an emperor, the Dallas Museum of Art today announced extended hours and celebrations for the close of its blockbuster exhibition, Splendors of China’s Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong, which closes May 29, 2005.

Beginning May 3, the Museum will open the exhibition at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday to accommodate additional tour groups and visitors. Other special exhibitions and the permanent collection will open as usual at 11 a.m. The Museum will remain open until 10 p.m. Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27.

On Saturday, May 28, the Museum will remain open overnight—for 31 consecutive hours—until 5 p.m. Sunday, May 29. The 31 hours will be packed with special programming and activities to celebrate the heralded exhibition and to give a final farewell to Emperor Qianlong. Admission will be half-price from midnight Sunday until 9 a.m. Sunday.

The exhibition presents an unprecedented opportunity to experience the dazzling, beautiful and culturally important objects that represent the best of a great civilization. Most of the more than 400 national treasures and artifacts from 18th-century imperial China have never before been seen in the United States, and many have never traveled outside the walls of the Forbidden City Palace Museum in Beijing.

Cost of admission to Splendors of China’s Forbidden City is $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, children 12 and older and students with current school identification, and $10 for children ages 6 to 11 (admission is half-price from midnight Sunday, May 29, to 9 a.m.). DMA members and children under 6 are free. Admission includes audio tours for both adults and children. Tickets are available online at www.Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The number to charge tickets by phone is 214-373-8000. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more; contact groupsales@DallasMuseumofArt.org or 214-922-1222.

Splendors of China’s Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago, in cooperation with the Palace Museum, Beijing. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Anne Bromberg, The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and South Asian Art of the Dallas Museum of Art, is the content specialist for the presentation in Dallas.

The Dallas venue is made possible by Nancy B. Hamon and presented by JPMorgan Chase with support from Texas Instruments and PAJ, Inc. The installation and opening member events are generously underwritten by the Dallas Museum of Art League. The exhibition lecture series is supported by the Boshell Family Foundation.

Additional support provided by FedEx Kinko’s Office and Print Services, Inc., Jim and Hong Bass and the Bass Foundation, Robert W. Hsueh, and the Donor Circle Membership Program through a leadership gift of Jennifer and John Eagle/John Eagle Dealerships. The hotel partner for the exhibition is The Wyndham Anatole. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. Promotional support provided by CBS 11 and Comcast.