Presented in parallel, work by contemporary artist Cai Gu

oqiang gives visitors a glimpse of modern Chinese art. Created specially for this exhibition, hig

hlight pieces include the monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.

Spiraling over visitors’ heads, the birds create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing o

f the sacred Mount Lishan, the site of the ancient tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, and his warriors.

Cheng Jingye, Chinese ambassador to Australia, said at the preview ceremony that the exhib

tion represents another highlight in this year’s China-Australia cultural-and-arts exchange.

“I know that the Terracotta Warriors are very familiar with the

journey to Australia,” he says. “In 1982, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of d

iplomatic relations between China and Australia, Australia was chosen as the destinatio

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