It was Sunday when Super Boy and I met up in the city so we could see the ‘Tang: Treasures from the Silk Road capital’ exhibit currently on at the Art Gallery of NSW. I’ve never been to the Art Gallery of NSW so was doubly-excited to go check it out.
From the exhibit: The ancient city of Chang’an — meaning ‘long-lasting peace’ — rose to be the capital of the powerful and influential Tang dynasty over 1400 years ago. Home to one million people, it was the biggest, most advanced city in the world. As the eastern terminal of the fabled trade routes known at the Silk Road, Chang’an (present day Xi’an) fostered great wealth as well as an outward-looking and tolerant society.
There are 135 artefacts in total on display. It was interesting to read bits and pieces about the Tang dynasty and to learn that some artefacts had only been excavated as recently as 2002, with one piece being discovered at a recycling centre! Apart from the artefacts, there’s an augmented-reality installation that gives you a glimpse inside an ancient Buddhist cave.
There were only two iPads so we had to wait our turn. It’s pretty amazing stuff, the glimpse into the cave and the technology for it. If you have time and money to spare, I would recommend a visit to the ‘Tang: Treasures from the Silk Road capital’ exhibit at the Art Gallery of NSW. We had spent a few hours checking out the exhibit, so Super Boy and I were peckish and grabbed a bite to eat at Chiswick at the Gallery.
After having re-fuelled and rested, we decided to do a bit more exploring of the art galleries and came across exhibits for the 20th Biennale of Sydney. “The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed” is this year’s theme and exhibitions are structured around a series of thematic clusters conceived as ’embassies’. The Art Gallery of NSW is the Embassy of Spirits, where works by artists examine the role of ritual, religion and spirituality in contemporary society. As they were soon closing, Super Boy and I quickly swept through the artworks.
Half a day wasn’t enough for Super Boy and I to explore the Art Gallery of NSW. We missed so much! Upon leaving, we promised ourselves we’ll come back soon to check out the rest.