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Media Release • 29 May 15

NGV bids farewell to Qianlong Emperor with Lee Ho Fook banquet

To celebrate the final weekend of A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736 – 1795, renowned chef Victor Liong from Melbourne’s Lee Ho Fook restaurant will present a Chinese banquet in the Great Hall at NGV International on Sunday 21 June.

This is the last chance to explore exquisite treasures from the Forbidden City on the exhibition’s final day. A Golden Age of China is exclusive the NGV and must close on Sunday 21 June.

Originating from Sydney, Victor Liong has worked with some of Australia’s most innovative chefs, as an apprentice to Japanese/French chef Harunobu Inukai at Galileo Restaurant (Observatory Hotel), as chef de partie for Mark Best at Marque Restaurant, and as sous chef at Dan Hong’s Mr Wong. Liong moved to Melbourne in 2013 to open his own restaurant Lee Ho Fook, in Smith Street, Collingwood.

Cooking a new style of Chinese food using skills and techniques garnered from Japanese, French and modern cooking styles and drawing from the vast and rich sources of Chinese cuisine and cultural history, Liong brings Lee Ho Fook to the NGV for one day only, to celebrate the closing of A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736 – 1795.

Lee Ho Fook at NGV
Sunday 21 June
Two sittings: 11am–1pm & 2–4pm
Cost: $75 per person | $65 NGV Member – four courses with drink on arrival and exhibition ticket
$105 | $95 NGV Member – four courses with matching wines and exhibition ticket
Bookings: Peter Rowland Catering, 03 9825 0000

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, commented, ‘A Golden Age of China has to-date been enjoyed by more than 40,000 visitors of all ages. We are thrilled to collaborate with Melbourne institution Lee Ho Fook to present a Chinese banquet in the Great Hall to send off the exhibition in great style.’

For visitors planning their trip to the NGV during the final weekend of A Golden Age of China, other events include:-

Voluntary Guide Tours
Daily, 11.30am
Join a discovery tour of the exhibition.
Exhibition fees apply

A Golden Age of China Tour in Mandarin
Saturday 20 June, 2pm
Join a discovery tour of the exhibition in Mandarin.
Exhibition fees apply

Lecture: The beginning of the Qing Dynasty
Sunday 21 June, 11am
Join the President of NGV Voluntary Guides, Ramona Chua, for an in depth exploration of the beginning of the Qing Dynasty.
Cost $16 Members | $20 Adult | $18 Concession
Bookings required

Live Music
Sunday 21 June, 2pm
Experience the music of Qianlong’s era with duet Jasmine Yung and Adriana Yung from the Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra, Melbourne.
Exhibition fees apply

Exclusive to Melbourne, A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736–1795 tells the story of China’s foremost art collector Qianlong Emperor, one of China’s most successful rulers, fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) and longest living emperor in Chinese history.

The exhibition provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore a rich concentration of more than 120 works from Bejing’s Palace Museum’s art collection including stunning ink on silk paintings, dragon-embroidered silk court robes, precious objet d’art in gold and jade, as well as Qianlong’s own paintings and calligraphy.

The NGV gratefully acknowledges the support of Rio Tinto, principal partner of A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736–1795, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736 – 1795 is on display at NGV International at 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne until 21 June 2015. Open 10am-5pm, closed Tuesdays. Tickets on sale from ngv.vic.gov.au