LRCCS Noon Lecture Series | The Forbidden City at War: China's Imperial Art Collections in the Second World War, and Their Extraordinary Journey to Safety
In 1933, as Japanese armies ravaged China, a small band of museum curators began packing the art collections of the Forbidden City for evacuation to safety. Adam Brookes' book talk will describe how the curators shepherded a quarter of a million artworks and texts thousands of miles across war torn China to preserve them from bombing and plunder, and how the collections were split between China and Taiwan.
Adam Brookes grew up in the UK and studied Chinese at SOAS, University of London. For many years he was a reporter for BBC News and served as correspondent in Jakarta, Beijing and Washington DC. His latest book is “Fragile Cargo: The World War II Race to Save the Treasures of China's Forbidden City”, to be published by Simon and Schuster/Atria in February 2023.
|Lecture / Discussion
|Art, Art History, Asia, China
|Happening @ Michigan from Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures
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