The Emperor’s Private Paradise at the Milwaukee Art Museum Celebrates 3,000 Years of Chinese Art

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MILWAUKEE, WI.- This summer, the Milwaukee Art Museum presents five exhibitions on Chinese art and architecture as part of a year-long celebration honoring the ten-year anniversary of the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion. This ambitious exhibition schedule explores three thousand years of Chinese art, and Mayor Tom Barrett has, in turn, declared this summer to be the “Summer of China” in the City of Milwaukee. The Museum’s feature exhibition for the summer is The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City, on view Saturday, June 11 through Sunday, September 11, 2011. The Museum is one of only three museums in the world to showcase over ninety objects of ceremony and leisure from the Qianlong Garden and the Forbidden City in Beijing, never before seen by the public. A two-acre jewel in the immense 180-acre Forbidden City complex, the Qianlong (pronounced chee’en lohng) Garden is praised for its unique combination of N