The Bold. Art. exhibition traveled to Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province in North Central China, in the beginning of August. If there was just one location for our traveling exhibition, Xi’an probably would have made the cut.What better place than to hold our multiculturalism exhibition in this melting pot of cultures and religions? Xi’an is one of the oldest cities in China with more than 3,000 years of history. It is the home of many of mausoleums.
Xi’an gained particular international interest in 1974 when the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang was discovered in a field about 20 kilometers from the city center. Qin Shi Huang was considered the first emperor that united China.The 2,000 life-like terracotta warriors that have already been uncovered – it is rumored that there are 6,000 more – are considered the Eighth Wonder of the World and probably served as the Emperor’s protectors in the afterlife. In the excavation pits where they were discovered are also 100 chariots and over 30,000 weapons.Apart from the terracotta soldiers, Xi’an is also the starting point of the Silk Road, has the world largest still existing city wall (12 meters high and 18 meters wide and 13.7 kilometers long) and is near the Famen Temple.
However, the city is not just about history. It is an important economic, industrial and cultural center in the region and it is one of the mega-cities in the People’s Republic. Tourism is for obvious reasons an important industry.
As a mega-city Xi’an is of course quite modern and bustling. At least nineteen international Fortune 500 companies have established a presence including ABB Group, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Coca-Cola, and Boeing.Our Bold. Art. event was held at the Qu Jiang Bookstore near the South Gate of Tang Paradise. It is a great place to hold events, browse for books, have a nice cup of coffee and cool down with a scoop of ice cream. Similarly to the rest of the city, the bookstore offers even more. On the three floors, one can also find a DIY painting area and art and design supplies on sale.The 13 Bold. Art. sculptures from our artists from Asia Pacific and the Middle East fit in perfectly. Representing the interpretation of multiculturalism from different perspectives and angles reflected the cities sentiment of challenge and inspiration.