An exciting new exhibition, Treasures of China, launched at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) last month and we have the lowdown…

History and art fans now have the chance to get up close with legendary Chinese treasures such as the Terracotta Soldiers, who guarded a hidden underground empire, at the brand new Treasures of China  exhibition at the MIA. The worldfamous terracotta warriors from the First Emperor’s Terracotta Army will take visitors on a unique journey back in time to explore the glorious history and heritage of China spanning five thousand years. Presented under the patronage of Qatar Museums’ Chairperson, H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, visitors will get to experience a one of- a-kind insight into China’s celebrated civilization, right here in Doha. 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 voyage through China’s past.

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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 wisdom and richness of Chinese culture and traditions from a number of perspectives. 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.

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Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud, Acting CEO at Qatar Museums and advisor to H.E. the Chairperson, says: “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.” In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a series of educational programmes and workshops on offer for students, families and schools to enjoy as well. There’s something for everyone!

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GO: Treasures of China is on display in MIA’s Special Exhibitions Gallery where entry is free of charge. The exhibition will run until January 7, 2017. Visit www.qm.org.qa/en/treasures-of-china for reservations and more information