Qatar Museums Treasures of China MIA
As part of Qatar China Year of Culture 2016 programme, Qatar Museums presents Treasures of China exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art. Under the patronage of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the exhibition showcases treasures from China’s legendary civilisation and First Emperor’s Terracotta Army soldiers who guarded the hidden underground empire. The 116 pieces dating from the Neolithic period to the Qing Dynasty, spanning over 5,000 years of China’s history will be on display from 7 September 2016 to 7 January 2017.
Divided into three parts: “The Birth of Civilisation, Ceremonies and Kingdoms”, “Splendid Unification, Prosperity and the Silk Road” and “Porcelain, Imperial China and the Royal Arts,” the exhibition involves all major historical periods of ancient China and displays 116 pieces dating from the Neolithic period to the Qing Dynasty, taking audiences on an unforgettable journey through China’s past.
Vivid pottery, bronzes, jades, porcelain, gold, silver, enamel and many other exquisite Chinese treasures are on show, selected from five museums and heritage institutions from across China, providing the ideal showcase for Chinese creativity and craftsmanship. Aimed at reflecting the integration between the cultures of the East and the West, the exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to appreciate, embrace and discover the profundity and richness of Chinese culture and traditions from a number of perspectives.
Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud, Acting CEO at Qatar Museums and advisor to HE the Chairperson, said:
It is with great pride that we open this exciting exhibition to the public and we thank our counterparts the People’s Republic of China for their support in enabling us to bring such an incredible display to Qatar for the first time.’
‘This unique exhibition perfectly expresses the aims and ambitions of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture in promoting mutual understanding between both our countries. We hope that visitors will truly enjoy Treasures of China and leave with a deeper understanding that whilst Qatar and China are two countries that may be far apart, they have more in common than they realise, including shared values based on education, hospitality and cultural curiosity, strong economic ties and positive diplomatic relations that date back to the 1980s.’
The exhibition is on display in MIA’s Special Exhibitions Gallery where entry is free of charge, and will run from 7th September 2016 – 7th January 2017.
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Following the enormous success of internationally acclaimed New York based Chinese artist Cai Guo Qiang’s ‘What about the Art? Contemporary Art from China’ exhibition, and the ‘Silks from the Silk Road’ exhibition, Treasures of China is another major highlight of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture. The Years of Culture programme is a landmark initiative of exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events, developed to deepen understanding between nations and their people through mutual exchanges of arts, culture, heritage and sport.
In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a series of educational programmes and workshops on offer for students, families and schools to enjoy. In November, MIA will hold a four-part workshop, where children will create clay sculptures inspired by the Treasures of China exhibition, learning to use clay tools whilst sculpting miniature flowers and other decorations. Other workshops will also be held during the duration of the exhibition, where school children will sculpt soldiers out of clay, inspired by the famous Terracotta Army and learn about the Terracotta Army, its history and purpose.