Jade Mountain Illustrating the Gathering of Scholars at the Lanting Pavilion Qianlong, period 1790 Mia


Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: An Exhibition Designed by Robert Wilson

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Feb. 3-May 27
Time Varies
$20; $16 Mia members
Art, Museums

For those of a certain age, the return of Robert Wilson is a drop-everything-and-go event. The avant-garde theater director (Einstein on the Beach) has collaborated with varied talents including the late Merce Cunningham, Lou Reed, Philip Glass, and Lady Gaga. Perhaps in an effort to create an immersive exhibition environment not unlike that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute (best known for radically altering our sensory experience with shows like “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” and “China: Through the Looking Glass”), Mia invited Wilson to help create 10 galleries that explore an aspect of life within China’s imperial palace during the Qing dynasty, which ruled for more than 250 years. Original soundscapes, ambient lighting, and objects that invite contemplation are part of the performative aspect of the exhibition. So is your response.