GRONINGEN.- 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.
The original and world-renowned soldiers from the Terracotta army of Xian will be 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 until 23 November 2008.