Happenings

Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang

When: until 13 October 2019
Where: NGV International, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
How much: See website for details
More info: National Gallery of Victoria

This winter, the National Gallery of Victoria has developed and curated a dual presentation of Chinese culture, past and present. The two exhibitions will run until 13 October 2019.

The Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Warriors, which, discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province, are regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century and widely described as the eighth wonder of the world. The exhibition features eight warrior figures and two life-size horses from the Imperial Army, as well as two half-size replica bronze chariots, each drawn by four horses.

Alongside this extraordinary piece of history will be the work of one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists. Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape features all new art works by international contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions. Created especially for this exhibition, highlight works include the monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds, Murmuration (Landscape), 2019. Spiralling over visitors’ heads, the birds create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing of the sacred Mount Li, the site of the ancient tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, and his warriors.

[Main image: Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang. Photo supplied by NGV]