Ancient Chinese culture will join contemporary art in a dual exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) later this year.
The ancient side of the exhibition is represented by China’s famous Terracotta Warriors, which some call “the eighth wonder of the world”.
Dating back to 209-201 BC, the Terracotta Warriors are anarmy of life-size sculptures buried alongside China’sfirst Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, to protect him in the afterlife. They were discovered in 1974 at Bingmayong, about 40km east of Xi’an in Shaanxi Province.
It is estimated that the Terracotta Army includes more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses. Several hundred have been reconstructed. The remarkable fact is that no two soldiers are alike, all have individual features, suggesting that they were based on actual members of the Emperor's army.
The NGV exhibition will feature eight warrior figures and two life-size horses,as well as more than 150 priceless artefacts from leading Chinese museums and archaeological sites.
Alongside the Terracotta Warriors, visitors can also see contemporary Chinese artistCaiGuoqiang’sexhibition “The Transient Landscape”, new artworks inspired by China’s culture and philosophical traditions.Cai’s work includes an installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.