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Terracotta Warriors v Jacob Epsteins Genesis is no match today!

Not so long ago the Bluecoat Arts Centre, School Lane, held an exhibition with the Jacob Epsteins sculpture ‘Genesis’ described by the Liverpool Echo at the time in 1931 as “one of the most beautiful sculptures in the world”.
55,00 people in 1931 visited the sculpture in just a few days. I passed the exhibition many times during its month long stay but seldom saw a visitor viewing the sculpture. How times have changed.

Today Liverpool World Museum has a magnificent exhibition that’s pushed that figure well over and still has a run till the 28th October for visitors to view the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors.

Showcasing objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, this unmissable exhibition spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history; from the conflicts and chaos of the Warring States period, to the achievements and legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasties.

I found the whole magical experience fascinating and informative, well worth viewing this once in a lifetime display. For over 2,000 years, this underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, until a chance discovery in 1974 unlocked the mysteries of a vanishing empire.

As you wander the exhibition, you are caught up in the magic of the times and intrigued by the versatile technology, art and beauty of the objects on display. The finale of the exhibition comes at the end when you are immersed in a screened electronic visual light show blending the past into the future right before your eyes. All praise goes to the curators of this high tech presentation and the managers who brought this to Liverpool.

Spending a lot of business time now in China so this has opened the door to a whole new world of education for me, all right here on my doorstep. Home from home, so I was pleased to browse the gallery shop with a range of gifts and toys inspired by the Terracotta Warriors collection and purchased several souvenirs from this unique experience.
Favourite purchase….. a teacup with a lid! It really keeps your cuppa hot!
Book tickets via liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/warriors and save some time.

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Japan Day Sat 20th August 10.30-5.30pm

Busy on Saturday 20th August?
Are you interested in Japan?
Its people?
Its culture?
Its language?
Looking for a very special holiday surprise for the children?
Look no further and your dreams will come true.
You can spend a very exciting day of Japanese culture courtesy of the co-organiser……. the Embassy of Japan.

Try this FREE admission day out at the Liverpool Guild of Students 160 Mount Pleasant.
Full details….. JapanDay.org.uk with performances on the main stage starting 10.30am.

The special festival of Japanese Culture will be a showcase showing both old and new Japanese culture and will be the birth of exciting new ventures in Liverpool, in the future.

On display will be martial arts demonstrations of Kyudo, Kendo, Aikido and Ju-Jutsu which will certainly excite the children and adults alike.

There will be exhibitions featuring Japanese swords and armour, Ikebana, origami, kimono, bonsai, railways, braiding, Go, calligraphy, crafts, kanzashi and exquisite embroidery.

Be entertained by Japanese folk songs, Koto and the deafening beats of the Taiko drumming which will get the hairs on the back of your head standing on end!

View and take part in the modern Japanese culture associations of Cosplay, Manga and the visual Anime.

Live entertainment on the main-stage with Diane Kichijitsu who will give a performance of “Rakugo” the traditional Japanese art of storytelling….10.55 Awa Odin dance……1.30 SOAS Min’yo Group performance and many more booked on the website for you to arrange and time your visit so that you will get the most out of this jam packed exciting cultural event.

Be early and you will not miss the delicious Japanese food sushi, obento and Oh!…… those sweets!!!!!

‘A Festival of Japanese Culture’

A feast of Bacon: Tate Until September 18

Love his art or loathe it; but the price it commands is phenomenal and for fans of Bacon, this is a worthy exposition to see. This acclaimed exhibition does however, shed some light on the techniques of this most mysterious and confounding of artists.

It’s a must for all budding artists in Liverpool.

‘Invisible Rooms’, the title Tate Liverpool give to the display, shows a stunning exhibition of the painters works with an extensive selection of sketches, many discovered on the floors and workstation of his South Kensington studio after his death in 1992.

This exhibition is a treasure trove of delight to meet the eyes, with sketches of boxers, wrestlers and crouching caged figures.
This is truly a working display of an artist which helps get you, to enter into the mind of Francis Bacon.

You see lists of his ideas hastily scrawled on bits of paper, covers of books, scraps of paper, all in almost illegible handwriting not unlike shopping lists, but these are the vital ingredients that give us today, a recipe for some of the greatest 20th century British figurative paintings we now know.

At first glance, these portraits look disturbing and vastly distorted but the artwork and compositions of distortion, take us beyond physical appearances and into a psychological interpretation.

Perhaps that’s why I and so many others are drawn into his world and to this exhibition that shows just how Bacon manipulated his source material, producing scenes most shocking and depraved but condensing the content, intensifying the figures and creating for them a new and unsettling platform.
Perhaps this is the mark of a genius and why so many are attracted to so much of his work.
The works make you want to look behind the canvas and interpret with your own feelings and emotions the truth that lies facing us in that portraiture which we stir wide eyed at for a few minutes. You are taken in. You are drawn into this exhibition like an addiction.

So many of the works on display give the impressions of cages around the central figures. ‘Study For A Portrait’ from 1949 gives the onlooker the idea of the Nuremberg trials, showing Nazi war criminals boxed behind glass. Emotion and high energy feelings at their highest seem to radiate from the works on display….. torture, violence, desperation, unhappiness, wretchedness all speak to the viewer as you try to unravel the mysteries and meanings behind the distortion the artist has created.

Did Bacon have a ‘heart of darkness’?
Take a trip to the Tate Liverpool and view ‘Invisible Rooms’, and see if you can unleash the answers to the stories hidden in the captured gaping mouths, silent screams of rage and grotesque distorted bodies on display in this wicked collection until September 18th.

Don’t miss viewing the popular, terrifying depiction of Velazquez’s ‘Portrait Of Pope Innocent X’, that’s if you can push to the front of the crowd of visitors who throng to see this subject sitting as if strapped to an electric chair, mouth wide open so that his scream is almost audible.

This is an extremely popular show with visitor tickets also permitting entry to Tate Liverpool’s exhibition of work by Austrian painter Maria Lassnig.

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