Start the New Year with ChinaFest!

VMFA is ringing in the New Year with a cross-cultural celebration in honor of the Forbidden City exhibition. The 10th annual ChinaFest! Year of the Wood Sheep Family Event on Saturday, January 3, will feature nine treasure-making art activities as well as multiple performances and demonstrations. Here are some things that we learned while planning…

Command Performance: VMFA Presents Chinese Film at the Byrd

It’s difficult to know where to start when delineating the reasons to see Zhang Yimou’s Red Sorghum (1987; 91 min) at the Byrd Theatre on November 23 at 1:30 pm. The film has an almost mythic reputation. But I will try. The Byrd Theatre will be the only venue in the entire US that has…

The Forbidden City Has Come to the River City

How do you stop traffic on the four-lane Manchester Bridge in downtown Richmond? Easy. Outfit someone in a historically accurate 18th century, Qing Dynasty soldier’s uniform, with a bow, quiver of arrows, and sword, and have him ride a very large horse across the bridge. If you’ve seen VMFA’s “Warrior” TV spot promoting our newest…

Forbidden City Is a Family-Friendly Adventure

Looking for an indoor family adventure?  Explore treasures of the Chinese emperors, while discovering stories about the family who lived in the largest palace in the world: The Forbidden City. In the past, ordinary citizens were not allowed into the imperial palace; however, today, you and your family can explore the Forbidden City at VMFA!…

Helping VMFA Build the Forbidden City: A Crowdfunding Success

My husband Frank and I first came to the United States in 1986 and worked hard at building a business that, in less than twenty years, has become a global enterprise with more than 1,600 employees around the world and thousands of uniquely designed products that meet both indoor and outdoor decorative needs of American…

Evergreen Enterprises Announces Matching Gift

Since its launch on September 23, more than 75 people have participated in the campaign to Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City.  From here in Richmond’s Museum District to Ashland, Norfolk, Danville and even as far away as Barcelona, Spain, the idea of creating a 21st-century Forbidden City using 3D printers has sparked curiosity, donations…

3D Printing: Extruders, G-codes and Filament … Oh My!

Recently, in the VMFA Design Department, we’ve had the challenge of printing two 3D, scale models of the Forbidden City, totaling over 1,400 buildings. One model will be complete for the exhibition opening and the second is being built in the Atrium, starting now and continuing through the run of Forbidden City (closing January 11), so…

Hardywood Brewery and VMFA Team up to Create a Forbidden Beer

You don’t often get to use “beer” and “art exhibition” in the same sentence. But you will beginning on October 4 when Hardywood Park Craft Brewery unveils its new Belgian white ale specially brewed in honor of VMFA’s upcoming special exhibition Forbidden City: Imperial Treasure from the Palace Museum, Beijing (opens October 18). By celebrating…