Last night’s members’ opening reception for Masterpieces of Landscape Painting from the Forbidden City was the culmination of a year of work. It may sound corny, but it really was a joyous event, with everyone glowing with the satisfaction of a job well done. And that satisfaction continued as we saw the viewers’ reactions to the show.

The installation crew was putting finishing touches on the exhibition up until just a couple of hours before we opened the gates. And that was after six weeks of working late nights and weekends. And you’ll see why when you come to the museum. Each section of the show is heralded by a Chinese moon gate, and each hanging and hand scroll has its own custom-built case, so that you can immerse yourself in the work, undistracted by anything else. The gallery is alive with lipstick red and sunshine yellow, and putting the works into context are a re-created scholar’s studio and a music room.

After a tripleheader lion dance by the Yeung Dak Dragon & Lion Dance Association, Palace Museum deputy director Li Wenru spoke about the importance of this milestone collaboration between the two institutions.

The Academy is deeply grateful to Japan Airlines, Halekulani, and a hui spearheaded by Warren Luke and Betty Wo—without them the exhibition would not have happened.