Governor Bob McDonnell today signed an historic cultural exchange agreement to bring Treasures from the Forbidden City, a showcase of approximately 200 objects from Beijings Palace Museum to Virginia in the summer of 2014. The Palace Museum signatory was its director, Zheng Xinmiao. Also attending were Alex Nyerges, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
' director; Li Ji, Palace Museum executive deputy director; Robin Nicholson, VMFA deputy director for art and education; and Li Jian, VMFA curator for East Asian art.
This is an historic partnership for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace Museum in Beijing," Governor McDonnell said. "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 and others who made this exchange possible. We eagerly anticipate the arrival of this showcase in Richmond.
Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson said: We are pleased by this unique opportunity for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to showcase pieces from Beijings Palace Museum for Virginians and others to enjoy. VMFA is one of the finest comprehensive museums in the nation.
This relationship will also result in a reciprocal exhibition from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts comprehensive collection. VMFA will be the first U.S. museum to present an exhibition of its collections at the Palace Museum.