Hawaii Forbidden City masterpieces travel to Honolulu By Shane Nelson / December 04, 2011 Share 1 -- A collection of more than 50 paintings from Beijing’s Palace Museum will be on display at the Honolulu Academy of Arts through Jan. 8, including several 13th and 14th century works that have never before traveled outside of China. The exhibit, "Masterpieces of Landscape Painting From the Forbidden City," also features early pieces by four master artists of the Yuan dynasty, a period lasting from 1279 to 1368, during which time China was first invaded and ruled over by a foreign power. The resulting social upheaval led to an era of unprecedented artistic expression.“In just 100 years, you can see Chinese painting becoming much more expressive of personal vision,” said Shawn Eichman, curator of Asian Art at the Honolulu Academy. “Each artist was finding his voice and using a new vocabulary to express his own ideas. These artists pushed the limits to explore new ways of painting.” A combination of pieces from the academy’s permanent collection and the traveling pieces from the Forbidden City’s Palace Museum, home to the largest collection of Chinese paintings in the world, the exhibition showcases the work of Yuan masters Huang Gongwang, Wu Zhen, Ni Zan and Wang Meng alongside examples from the later Ming and Qing dynasties.Guests staying at Waikiki’s Halekulani or Waikiki Parc Hotel can take advantage of the properties’ VIP access to the exhibition, including complimentary admission to the museum. General admission at the Honolulu Academy of Arts is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 17. Visit www.honoluluacademy.org.