Posted on September 28, 2016

Following its unprecedented success as part of the Qatar Japan, Qatar UK, Qatar Brazil and Qatar Turkey Years of Culture, the internationally-acclaimed exhibition Pearls, Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers has opened in Beijing, China, as one of the highlights of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture.

On show at the National Museum of China in Beijing, the large-scale exhibition is jointly presented by Qatar Museums, the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the National Museum of China, and will be open from 27th September 2016 – 8th January 2017.

Pearls, Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers is the first international exhibition introduced by the National Museum of China, with a focus on the history, legend, mythology and meaning of pearls from Qatar, China and around the world. 130 rare and beautiful pieces from the Qatar Museums collection, as well as a spectacular Imperial masterpiece from the National Museum of China’s own collection are on show, providing visitors with a rare opportunity to see one of the finest collections of pearl jewellery in the world. Under the guidance of Qatar Museums’ Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and National Museum of China’s Director His Excellency Lu Zhangshen, the exhibition is a highlight of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture initiative, which aims to celebrate, strengthen and enhance cultural relationships and mutual understanding between China and Qatar, and to build upon the long, shared history of cultural and diplomatic relations between both countries.

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The exhibition is co-curated by internationally renowned pearl expert, Dr Hubert Bari.  H.E. Lu Zhangshen was the chief planner from China’s part to oversee overall curation. The exhibition highlights the importance of natural pearls from countries in the Gulf region, as part of the region’s rich heritage and identity. It celebrates a wide array of stunning and important objects of historical interest to both countries, and reveals the history of the use of pearls over 2,000 years, from the Roman period until the 21st century. Among the exquisite exhibits are jewel masterpieces by internationally acclaimed designers, royal pearl tiaras from European monarchies and stunning wearable jewelry made from rare pearls from various regions.

Commenting on the exhibition, Mohammed Al Othman, Public and International Relations Director at Qatar Museums, said: “We’re delighted to showcase this stunning collection at the National Museum of China, which perfectly reflects Qatar Museums’ focus on art, creativity and heritage, connecting cultures and promoting mutual understanding. The exhibition celebrates a wide array of stunning and important objects of historical interest to both Qatar and China. “Through this exhibition, we’re determined to celebrate, strengthen and enhance cultural relationships and mutual understanding between China and Qatar, and to build upon the long, shared history of cultural and diplomatic relations between both countries, through arts and culture. We’re enormously grateful for His Excellency Lu Zhangshen and his team’s efforts and continued support in making this happen.”

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Divided into six parts with over a dozen themes, the exhibition presents “The Natural History of Pearls”, “Pearls in the Arabian Gulf”, “Pearls in the History”, “Natural Freshwater Pearls”, “Pioneers of the Cultured Pearls” and “Cultivating Pearls in Chinese Ways”. “Pearls in the History” is the largest part of the exhibition, occupying nearly the half proportion of the exhibition area. It presents masterpieces of exquisite pearl jewelry since the European Medieval period.

Qatar was an important transportation hub in the ancient “Maritime Silk Road”, with its prestigious pearls trade as a crucial tie linking Eastern and Western cultures in the long course of history. After Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the significant Belt and Road Initiative, Qatar was one of the first countries to sign a memorandum of cooperation with China and also the key country in which the Belt and Road strategy was implemented. Upon the establishment of this strategic partnership, the two countries have continuously expanded mutual economic and trade exchanges and achieved rapid international cooperation.

Pearls, Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers reflects Qatar Museums’ focus on art, creativity and heritage, connecting cultures and promoting mutual understanding. This is in alignment with Qatar Museums’ vision of sharing its great collections with audiences around the world. The exhibition is open from 27th September 2016 – 8th January 2017 at the National Museum of China, Beijing. Qatar Airways is the official airline sponsor, and Shangri La Hotel group is the official hospitality sponsor of the Years of Culture initiative.

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