According to Chinese mythology, Pangu, the master of the universe, separated the sky and the earth. Between the two came the Son of Heaven, a sovereign whose task it was to maintain the harmony of the universe. The exhibition retraces the history of the ritual dialogue with heaven, from the Neolithic (around 3,500 BC) to the last dynasty, the Qing (1644-1912). The magic rites of the early days became increasingly complex and eventually drew on astronomy, which could provide precise predictions of the signs in the heavens. Bronze sacrificial vessels, a jade shroud, gold and silver work, imperial robes, porcelain, astronomical instruments, and painted scrolls offer us insights into the lives of the emperors. These fascinating works reconnect the dialogue with heaven with life. This unique exhibition presents 250 works from six Chinese provinces and from the Museum of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Son of Heaven, will be open seven days a week in January - the huge numbers of visitors have led us to take the unusual step of opening on Mondays.

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Distinguished visitors

Kristine Demulder,
director Europalia.