In 2008, the year of the Olympic Games in China, the Drents Museum and the Groninger Museum are completely devoted to this developing world power. The project entitled Go China! Assen – Groningen, with five spectacular exhibitions of archaeology, avant-garde art and Chinese present-day art, displays the versatile and rich culture of China. The Drents Museum and the Groninger Museum are working in close co-operation to prepare the exhibitions, the promotion, the marketing, the recruitment of sponsors, and the educational aspects. The many extra activities that are being organized by both museums, as well as the many events that will be held in both Assen and Groningen, will ensure that the North Netherlands will be completely immersed in Chinese culture in 2008. Go China! Assen – Groningen begins on 2 February and ends on 11 November 2008.
From 2 February to 31 August 2008, the original and world-renowned soldiers from the Terracotta army of Xi’an were on show in the Drents Museum, along with other exceptional and precious findings from the tomb of the first Emperor of China. These items travel beyond the Chinese borders only on rare occasions, and the exhibition has been compiled especially for the Netherlands.
In Groningen, the whole of the Groninger Museum will be transformed into a ‘Small Chinese Empire’. The exhibitions with archaeological bronze objects from the Shanghai Museum, present-day Chinese art – including work by Ai Weiwei – and avant-garde art from the eighties and nineties will be displayed in various phases from 2 February to 23 November 2008.
The Go China! Assen – Groningen project, initiated by the Groninger Museum, will be recorded in attractive publications. Five editions are planned.
1. A publication on the Terracotta army.
2. A publication on the bronze objects from Shanghai:
3. A publication accompanying the exhibition Writing on the Wall,. Chinese New Realism and Avant-Garde in the Eighties and Nineties,
4. A publication on Ai Weiwei,
5. And a publication accompanying the exhibition New World Order. Contemporary Installation Art and Photography from China.
The Rabobank is the Presenting Partner of Go China! Assen-Groningen. As such, the Rabobank wishes to stimulate familiarity with the culture of China, and contribute to the economic and social development of the northern region. The Rabobank has been actively engaged as a sponsor of the cultural sector for many years, on the basis of the fact that the bank is actively involved in society and also invests in sustainable ventures.
The many extra activities and the extensive educational projects that are being organized by both museums, as well as the many events that will be held in both Assen and Groningen, will ensure that the North Netherlands will be completely immersed in Chinese culture in 2008.
Province of Drenthe, Municipality of Assen
Province of Groningen, Municipality of Groningen
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tickets and combi-tickets can be ordered online from the autumn of 2007 onward.
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For more information, please contact:
Drents Museum: Ellen ter Hofstede,
+31 (0)592-377 707, firstname.lastname@example.org
Groninger Museum: Josee Selbach,
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