Tang – Treasures From The Silk Road Capital

The Art Gallery of New South Wales presents a fascinating celebration of Chinese art, history and culture.

By Benjamen Judd

Exhibiting until July 10, Tang – Treaures of the Silk Road Capital is stunning collection of items from China’s Golden Age, known as the Tang Dynasty. 

Golden statues, silverwork, glass and various sculptures will be on display, depicting a time of great artistic endeavour and scientific discovery occurring at a time when Europe was still suffering through the Dark Ages. 

Tang also explores daily life in Chang’an during the Tang Empire. Each artifact selected to be part of the exhibition carries a story from this extraordinary time – from the freedom and power of women (take a look at Wu Zetian, who took the reins between 690-705, and the only female in China's entire history to rule as Empress) to innovations in fashion and music, including the elevation of tea culture to religious tolerance and the rise and fall of Buddhism.



The exhibition also features Pure Land: inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang, an augmented-reality installation developed at City University Hong Kong in conjunction with the Dunhuang Academy. 

Pure Land transports you to an ancient Buddhist grotto within theUNESCO World Heritage listed ‘Caves of the Thousand Buddhas’– one of the world’s most remarkable, and now inaccessible, heritage sites along the Silk Road. 

During the month of June, the art gallery will also be hosting evening events every Wednesday as part of a special run of their Art After Hours program. 

An array of Chinese art-inspired talks and performances will take place in the Gallery, including exhibition talks from the curator and various other experts.

From 6.30pm, catch writer Benjamin Law talking to other prominent Chinese Australians — including SBS's Lee Lin Chin and chef Adam Liaw — about what it's like live in Australia as someone with Chinese heritage. 

Tang – Treaures of the Silk Road Capital is now showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until July 10.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 


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