|December 1, 2010||to||March 13, 2011|
China’s Terracotta Warriors on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
- 2 December 2010 until 13 March 2011
The First Emperor – China’s Entombed Warriors army march back to Sydney after 27 years
The First Emperor – China’s Entombed Warriors Exhibition at Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales will add a WOW factor to your life this summer. From the very moment that you walk into the first room of the exhibition you will find yourself ‘wowing’ at the brilliant display of iconic pieces up close in superbly lit in rooms shrouded in darkness and even blackness evoking the atmosphere of the actual pits of the entombed warriors.
Edmund Capon, the director of the Gallery, gave a blinding introduction (partly due to a piercing but necessarily illuminating arc light pointing straight in his face) to The First Emperor China’s Entombed Warriors Exhibition at The Official Media Preview in Sydney on Tuesday 30 November 2010. MiSociety loves Edmund’s speeches on such occasions. His jovial conversational speaking style overflowing with his unbridled enthusiasm is just the ticket to entice all to dip into the exhibitions at the AGNSW.
Edmund said he likes to dub the exhibition ‘The return of the Warriors’ as a number of China’s Entombed Warriors were previously on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1983. This was a spectacular coup for the Gallery in this era as it was the first time these unique life-sized figures had left the mainland of China. Over the past 27 years this travelling army has effectively become global ambassadors for China.
Edmund went on to explain that he had considered it was ‘time to do it again’, particularly as this great archeological discovery, which began in China in 1974, is an evolving story with new discoveries occurring virtually every day.
The First Emperor China’s Entombed Warriors exhibition is nonetheless a very different show to the first time the warriors visited Sydney. In addition to the featured ten terracotta warriors, there are now on display rare and precious ceremonial bronze bells and vessels, ornamental gold and jade, ceramics and significant recent finds from the First Emperor of China, Qin Shihuang’s (259-210 BCE) tomb complex – a complex designed to immortalize The First Emperor as he sought to re-create his life on earth underground. In effect, these hypnotic figures are the ‘living’ legacy of Qin Shihuang, a man who unified China and is considered the founder of modern China.
The First Emperor China’s Entombed Warriors exhibition was curated by the Gallery’s director, Edmund Capon, a renowned authority on Chinese Art and archeology, and Dr Liu Yang, a senior curator of Chinese Art whilst the exhibition has been masterly designed by Richard Johnson..
The First Emperor China’s Entombed Warriors exhibition can only be seen in Sydney and is open from 2 December 2010 until 13 March 2011. For additional information about this extraordinary exhibition please visit The First Emperor China’s Entombed Warriors in SydneyShare
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