Live curiously and discover the wonder and beauty of the Terracotta Warriors. The new exhibit has landed at the National Gallery of Victoria features archaeological artefacts of Ancient China alongside the contemporary works of Cai Guo-Qiang. The exhibition presents a historical view on Chinese culture juxtaposed against modern interpretations. A must-see of masterpieces, right here and exclusive to Melbourne this Winter.
Warriors and Beyond: An insight into Chinese History
The National Gallery of Victoria presents Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality, an exhibit that presents the warriors of the Qin Dynasty. Discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province, the terracotta figures are world-renowned as archaeological royalty, considered the eighth wonder of the world.
The exhibition features eight of these figures and two life-size horses from the Imperial Army, as well as two half-size replica bronze chariots. The exhibit is curated and designed by the NGV, coordinating over 160 treasures of archelogy considered the pillars of Chinese historic art and design. Showcasing more than a millennium of Chinese history, the exhibition highlights the awe and wonder of the past and transports it to the present.
Art and History Collide: A modern take in Cai’s artistic form
The juxtaposition between past and present is solidified through the contemporary works of Cai Guo Qiang, who blends this nod to ancient heritage with modern artistic interpretations. This combination allows for a multi-prospective experience to be created, described by Guo Qiang as ‘two surges of energy that crisscross, pull, interact and complement each other, generating a powerful tension and contrast, each attracting and resisting the other.”
Where can I see the exhibits?
Both exhibits are housed side by side at the National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
When can I see Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang ?
Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang will be on at the National Gallery of Victoria from Friday 24 May to Sunday 13 October, 2019
How much are tickets for Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang?
Adult $30, Concession $25 annd Children (5-15 years) $10. (You’re also able to grab a Family Pass that included 2 adults + 3 children for $65.)
How close is the National Gallery of Victoria from Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders?
The National Gallery of Victoria is a 6 minute walk from Flinders Street Railway Station, meaning you can hop on at Southern Cross Station (located right outside Holiday Inn Melbourne) and take the City Loop a few stops to get there.
Alternatively, an Uber or Taxi ride to the NGV will take about 10 minutes and cost $10-15. If you’ve packed your walking shoes, a 25 minute scenic city walk is all it takes!
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