Visitors to National Museum Cardiff in the New Year will have the exclusive opportunity to see a unique exhibition of ancient rock carvings from China - sculptures which have never before been seen outside China. From Steep Hillsides: Ancient Rock Carvings from Dazu, China will be exhibited from Wednesday 26 January to Sunday 3 April 2011.
The steep hillsides of the Dazu World Heritage site near Chongquing contain an exceptional series of rock carvings dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries. The carvings compromise some 50,000 figures in total, and are remarkable for their aesthetic quality, their rich diversity of subject matter, both secular and religious, and the light that they shed on everyday life in China during this period.
The exhibition contains superb examples that have become detached from their original setting, along with accurate replicas of some of the most important sculptures still in situ and dramatic large-scale images to give some idea of what it is like to visit these spectacular places. Dazu is a real treasure house of Chinese art history and an important expression of the ideas of Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism, as well as a fascinating insight into Chinese daily life.
For further information please contact Lleucu Cooke on 029 2057 3175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Catrin Mears on 029 2057 3185 or email email@example.com
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales administers seven National Museums across Wales. They are: -
National Museum Cardiff;
St Fagans National History Museum
National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon
Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon
National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre
National Slate Museum, Llanberis
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
Entry to each Museum is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government