Tuesday, November 14, 2017

American Cargo Trusted with Chinese Treasures on First Visit to US

Priceless Artefacts Set for New Exhibit
Shipping News Feature
CHINA – US – American Airlines Cargo has successfully transported more than six tonnes of China's national treasures from Beijing to Los Angeles in order to bring selections from the Summer Palace Museum to the United States for the first time.

In conjunction with the Bowers Museum, AA Cargo worked closely with museum curators to bring important selections from the life of Empress Dowager Cixi. The pieces will be a first-of-its-kind exhibit in the United States that opens November 12.

The treasures from the Summer Palace were carefully curated and packaged by Bowers Museum representatives, and the airline managed the logistical challenge of transporting more than 13,000 pounds of delicate material from Beijing to Los Angeles. Rick Elieson, President of American Airlines Cargo, said:

“It’s a wonderful honour to be of service in bringing this incredible exhibit to the Western world for the first time. I’m incredibly proud of how carefully our team worked to ensure the integrity of these treasured artefacts.”

At the Bowers Museum, the exhibit reconstructs the matriarch’s everyday life in the Summer Palace, presenting her multi-faceted roles of politician, matriarch and connoisseur of various arts through four different sections and over 100 objects that have never before been seen in the United States. Dr. Peter Keller, president of the Bowers Museum, commented:

“As one of the most powerful women in the world for nearly half a century, Empress Dowager Cixi has an incredibly interesting story.

“For the first time, audiences will see this mysterious woman come alive through her furnishings, including a reinstallation of one of her throne rooms complete with imperial accessories, lavish clothing, and her most treasured possessions; many of which were gifts from foreign diplomats and court officials. We are thrilled to partner with American to bring this exhibit to life for the first time.”