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In this series of four talks, deepen your understanding of the culture that produced the remarkable treasures in Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality.
Trace the evolution of ideas from ancient China to today, as our panel speakers debate why the exhibition’s themes are still relevant. Topics will range from symbolism and superstition in architecture, to how the Chinese and Māori customs that accompany death are adapting for a changing world.
Following each talk, explore the exhibition at your own pace at a special after-hours viewing.
Friends of Te Papa special price = $20, or all four talks for $60. Please ensure that you take your membership card with you to any sessions you book.
Talk 1: Symbolism in Architecture – Wed 6 March 2019, 6.30pm – 7.30pm – EVENT PASSED
From feng shui to contemporary Māori design, how does symbolism shape architecture today?
Symbolism ruled supreme in ancient Chinese architecture. Join our panelists to hear about its influence on design today – from feng shui to contemporary Māori architecture.
Talk 2: Presenting the Past – Tue 19 March 2019, 6.30pm – 7.30pm – EVENT CANCELLED
Hear curators and artists discuss strategies for bringing us closer to enigmatic objects.
Museum objects are laden with mystery, as well as history. Hear curators and artists discuss their strategies for bringing us closer to enigmatic objects.
Talk 3: How Long Is For Ever? – Tue 2 April 2019, 6.30pm – 7.30pm EVENT PASSED
How did the ancient Chinese understand time and immortality? How are our perceptions different?
The terracotta warriors were part of the First Emperor’s vision for an eternal resting place. What are the different ways we understand time and immortality now?
Talk 4: Modern Remembrance – Fri 12 April 2019, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
How are the cultures that accompany death and burial adapting to a changing world?
How do we remember our ancestors in China and Aotearoa? Join us to discuss how the cultures that accompany death and burial are adapting to a changing world.
A series of 4 talks 6 Mar, 19 Mar, 2 Apr & 12 Apr presented by Te Papa