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MIM Showcases Chinese Musical Treasures Spanning 9,000 Year

MIM Showcases Chinese Musical Treasures Spanning 9,000 Years

Beginning on Friday, November 10, MIM’s Target Gallery will host its newest special exhibition Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum.

This spectacular exhibition showcases, for the first time in the United States, a collection of ancient musical and archaeological treasures spanning nine thousand years of Chinese musical history.

Presented exclusively at MIM and in partnership with the prestigious Henan Museum, this special exhibition explores the harmony between music, people, heaven, and earth through a remarkable collection of more than sixty extremely rare instruments and artworks.

“Harmony—in both the musical and the philosophical sense—has always been important in China, and this exhibition plays upon the concept to tie these priceless treasures together and bring history and music to life,” says Colin Pearson, MIM’s curator for this special exhibition and for Asia.

Some highlights of Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum include an approximately nine-thousand-year-old flute (one of China’s oldest musical instruments); an extraordinary instrument stand in the form of a mythical beast from the ancient Chu State; a massive bronze bell from the Zhou dynasty that was part of a magnificent set from the tomb of a duke of the state of Zheng; and charming ceramic figurines illustrating the joyful mixing of cultures during the time of the legendary Silk Road.

When exploring the exhibition, guests will not only see the instruments but also hear them played through newly produced video filmed on location in China.

MIM’s partnership with the Henan Museum is a reciprocal one; after MIM displays this collection, their team will create a different exhibition to send to the Henan Museum in the future.

In partnership with the Henan Museum

Presenting sponsor the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation AZ

MIM – Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050


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