Warm up this winter at NGV Friday Nights and discover China’s ancient terracotta warriors alongside new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. Dine at the Hutong Dumpling Bar, enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition and see some of Australia’s best bands and performers play live in NGV’s Great Hall.
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality & Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s terracotta warriors, discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province and widely described as the eighth wonder of the world. Presented in parallel, Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, sees the artist create new art works inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions.
6.30pm China Then and Now
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality features over 150 treasures of Chinese art and design including one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century, the Qin Emperor’s terracotta warriors. Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape presents a new body of work inspired by the history, places and culture that served as the backdrop to the reign of China’s first emperor, and the creation of the terracotta warriors. Discover the story behind the discovery of the terracotta warriors in 1974 and Cai Guo-Qiang’s multidisciplinary practice with NGV curator Wayne Crothers/Annika Aitken.
7pm & 8.30pm NGAIIRE
Known for her stellar vocal force, tight beats, boisterous costuming and big brave pop sounds, NGAIIRE is a musical force of nature. Drawing on her experiences growing up in Papua New Guinea, NGAIIRE has a career that crosses genre and art form. Her work has seen her grace the stages of Glastonbury to Splendour in the Grass, national tours alongside Flume, Sufjan Stevens and Alicia Keys, compose music scores for dance companies and have her work performed at experimental art spaces including MOMA.