The Blackhawk Museum unveils remarkable new “Into China” Gallery
The Blackhawk Museum, best known for its world-famous automobile collection, is opening its new highly anticipated “Into China” gallery, presenting fascinating objects that offer a unique glimpse into the extraordinary wealth and artistic accomplishments of China through its Dynasties. This latest gallery, in addition to the Automobile gallery, the Spirt of the Old West gallery and Art of Africa gallery further enhances the “Many Worlds, One Museum” theme of the Blackhawk Museum.
The many exquisite objects displayed in the large gallery are modern replicas of famous pieces that for the most part could never be seen outside of China, such as the First Emperor of China’s amazing Terracotta Warriors and Chariots in the “Eternal World” section of the gallery. Another item in this section that is sure to be a favorite with the public is a complete set of Bells from the Tomb of Marquis Yi bells, believed to be dated 433BC. Music has long been an essential part of ritual life in elite society, and was believed to possess the power to nourish righteous thought and action. These bells, some very small, others enormous in size, comprise 64 separate Bianzhong bronze bells and are one of only three sets permitted to be reproduced, and believed to be the only set in the United States.
There are some objects in this gallery that have no comparable precedents in China, such as a 24-foot-long Imperial Dragon, carved from one massive single piece of wood, defining the power and importance of the Dragon in the Chinese Dynasties. In Asia, the dragon is revered as a divine mythical creature, a potent symbol of strength, good fortune and transformation—often portrayed chasing after a luminous pearl. There are traces of the importance of the “sacred pearl” of wisdom, or yang energy, in early Taoism, but it is best preserved in Buddhism as the jewel in the lotus, a jewel that grants all wishes.
One of the most impressive items to see is an accurately scaled model of the Forbidden City. At 19 feet wide and 23 feet long, this intricately detailed model, painstakingly crafted from wood, is simply amazing to see. The real Forbidden City took 15 years to be build. From completion of its construction until the fall of the Imperial China, it was the seat of power of the Chinese Emperors. It is called the Forbidden City simply because the commoners were forbidden to enter its walls. This Replica will allow visitors a perspective into the lives of the Emperors of China.
The spectacular Dragon Throne is particularly eye-catching. The large ornate throne is covered in gold layers, which at the time represented the color of the Imperial Family. In the Imperial times, only the members of the Imperial Family were allowed to wear yellow or own objects colored in yellow or gold.
Complementing the Into China gallery is a very special Chinese-made Hongqi “Red Flag” limousine from the Museum’s automobile gallery. The Reg Flag cars were hand-made expressly for the Chinese government for use in transporting officials, dignitaries and foreign heads of state. When President Nixon made his historic visit to China in 1972, he rode in one of these Red Flag limousines at China’s insistence, not in his American-made car that was normally used. The Blackhawk Museum was the first to legally import a car from China to the U.S., making it an extremely rare sight in America.
Visitors are sure to be impressed, enlightened and captivated by this magnificent collection that represents the art and culture of China through the centuries.
When: Saturday, January 25, 2020, 11am to 2pm, rain or shine
Where: The Blackhawk Museum (3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville, CA 94506)
Cost to public: Admission to the Museum will be free during the event
Notable things happening during event include:
- Ribbon cutting with community leaders and dignitaries (10:30am)
- Traditional Chinese performances
- Traditional Chinese food
- Discounted annual memberships available day of the event
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Blackhawk Museum representative: Jon Snyder 925-736-2280
Blackhawk Museum website: www.blackhawkmuseum.org