Melbourne audiences will be able to see China's ancient Terracotta Warriors in a

display of new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang, next year at NGV International from 24 May 2019 - 13 October 2019.

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Warriors, which were discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province, and are regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century and considered as the eighth wonder of the world.

Presented in parallel, Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, will see contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, create all new artworks inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions, including a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.

Drawing on Cai’s understanding of ancient Chinese culture and his belief that a dialogue with tradition and history can refresh contemporary art, he will also create a monumental porcelain sculpture of peonies, placed at the centre of a 360-degree gunpowder drawing.

Speaking on the parallel, Cai says, "they are two rivers of time separated by two millennia, each creating a course at their own individual speed across a series of shared galleries. The ancient and the contemporary - two surges of energy that crisscross, pull, interact and complement each other, generating a powerful tension and contrast, each attracting and resisting the other."

Don't miss out on the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces presentation of Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality and Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape is the centrepiece of NGV’s Autumn/Winter 2019 program next year!


Dates: 24 May 2019 – 13 October 2019 Location: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia

Costs: Admission costs apply NGV International Website