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Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang at the NGV

Friday 24th of May to Sunday 13th of October
by EricaL (follow)
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Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the National Gallery of Victoria presents China’s ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a display of new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang



The Terracotta Warriors have arrived at the National Gallery of Victoria. Exhibiting alongside China's magnificent historical guardians (and their horses) are a series of explosive 💥 new pieces by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang.



Explosive in every sense of the word because Cai Guo-Qiang is a radically inventive artist who uses gunpowder to ignite his installations and drawings. Yes, gunpower. He literally explodes his artwork and the results are terrific!



‘Using gunpowder brings me closer to nature and even the universe. Of course at the moment of ignition the explosion is instantaneous… but gunpowder has its origins in minerals that took hundreds, thousands or millions of years to form.’ – Cai Guo-Qiang

Another highlight of the exhibition.. 10,000 sculptured porcelain birds suspended from the ceiling.






See Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, presented in parallel with Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality from 24 May to 13 October, 2019.




Where: 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC
When: 24 May to 13 October, 2019.
Web: ngv.vic.gov.au
Costs: Kids $10, adults $30, family (2 adults and 3 kids) $65.

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