La via della seta e la civiltà cinese (The Silk Road and Chinese Civilisation)
October 22, 2005 sees the unveiling of an ambitious project in the prestigious rooms of the Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso: a cycle of four biennial exhibitions on "The Silk Road and Chinese Civilisation", under the patronage of the Cassamarca Foundation of Treviso, in association with the Chinese Academy of International Culture, and with the assistance of the Italy-China Foundation of Milan
"The Birth of the Celestial Empire" is the title of the first exhibition, which will run until April 30 2006. Visitors will be able to admire over 200 archaeological exhibits of exceptionally high value, many of which are state treasures that, until now, have been stored in armoured vaults in museums in China. The archaeological artefacts cover a period stretching from the First Qin Emperor Shih Huangdi, builder of the Great Wall, to the decline of the Tang Dynasty, enabling the exhibition to cover the evolution of art and Chinese civilisation over a period of thirteen centuries, from the 3rd century BC to the 10th century AD. These artefacts trace the historic, artistic and environmental path of the "Silk Road".
The official National Council of Chinese State Museums has described the Treviso exhibition as "the most important project as the window of Chinese culture that has never opened before in Europe", and as an initiative which will see UniCredit as its main partner.
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