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 play live in NGV’s Great Hall.
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality & Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality & Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, the 2019 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition is a dual presentation of Chinese art and culture past and present. The Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Warriors, discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province, are regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century. Presented in parallel, contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang creates all new artworks 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 Slum Sociable
Melbourne duo Slum Sociable are steeped in groove with their unique merging of electronica, synth and powerful lyrics, that has seen them playing overseas headline shows and sold‐out Australian shows plus Laneway and Splendour in the Grass. They’ve garnered global attention from the likes of NYLON, The 405, Clash Music, and Indie Shuffle and will be releasing a new EP L.I.F on 2 August