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The NGV has revealed the 2019 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces presentation: China’s ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a parallel display of new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang.

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Warriors, which, discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province, are regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century and widely described 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 art works inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions, including a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.

The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces presentation is the centerpiece of the NGV’s Autumn/Winter 2019 program, which also includes major exhibitions Heysen/Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art, which pairs father and daughter artists Hans and Nora Heysen, and Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, the first major Australian exhibition celebrating the work of the American modernist.

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