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NOVEMBER, 2009

TERRACOTTA SOLDIERS, TIFFANY AND MILES DAVIS AT MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

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Closeup of Terracotta Warrior face
Xian, China. Photo Credit: Greg Pedder, 2006

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New and exciting exhibitions are coming at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Perhaps the most interesting show is "China: The first emperors." A selection of 300 artefacts - terracotta soldiers, bronze vessels, ceramic figurines, jade ornaments, gold swords, architectural fittings and military accoutrements, from the Chou dynasty (1045-221 BC), the first Chin empire (221 BC- 206 BC) and the Western Han dynasty (206 BC-23 AD) - will be presented between February 11 and June 26, 2011. The exposition of fourteen terracotta soldiers of the first Chin Emperor's army, life-size horses and a large number of burial figurines from the imperial tombs of the Han emperors Gaozu and Jingdi, will make this show unique for North America.

The Museum will show for first time in Canada a collection of Louis C. Tiffany`s glass beauties. The exhibition focuses on Tiffany's outstanding contribution to design and the technology of glass. His blown vases, stained glasswindows and lamps will be showed between February 12 and May 2, 2010.

Next year (April 30 to August 29, 2010) the Museum also pays tribute to Miles Davis (1926-1991), one of the twentieth century's greatest musicians. Musical excerpts, film and documentary clips, drawings by Miles Davis; paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Mati Klarwein; photographs by Annie Leibovitz and Irving Penn; costumes, musical instruments and scores lent by the Davis family will highlight his life and career, including his memorable concerts in Montreal. With this exhibition, Museum continues its exploration of the connection between visual arts and music launched in 2009 with the shows "Warhol Live" and "Imagine".

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