If seeing China’s famous terracotta warriors is on your bucket-list, make your way to Melbourne in May. In a dual presentation of Chinese art and culture past and present, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the National Gallery of Victoria will feature a collection of the iconic statues.
Eight terracotta warriors and two full-sized horses (with two replica bronze chariots) will be displayed alongside the work one of the world’s most exciting exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. Showcasing both ancient and modern Chinese art, the exhibition will also include artefacts from the Shaanxi province. Head along to see priceless gold, jade and bronze artefacts dating from the Zhou dynasty (1050 – 256 BCE) through to the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE).
Guo-Qiang’s work will also be a must-see, with a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds promising to be a highlight. Spiralling overhead, the birds will create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing of Mt Li, the site where Emperor Qin Shihuang and his terracotta warriors were found.
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality + Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape will run from May 24 to October 13, 2019. To find out more, visit the National Gallery of Victoria website here.