The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1380 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3G 2T9
The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army exhibition features the largest collection of artifacts ever displayed in North America related to Qin Shihuangdi, the First Emperor of a unified China. Montreal is the final stop of an exclusive Canadian tour, which exceeds the size and scope of recent exhibitions of terracotta warriors previously organized in the USA and the UK.
The Warrior Emperor' begins 600 years before the birth of Emperor Qin and features national treasures and newly discovered artifacts dating as far back as 2,200 years. Encompassing a 1,000 year-old journey through the antecedents, life, afterlife, and legacy of the First Emperor, the exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is curated by Chen Shen, Ph.D., Senior Curator of East Asian Art and Archaeology, the Royal Ontario Museum, with the assistance of Laura Vigo, Ph.D., the MMFA’s first Curator of Asian Art.
Nearly one-third of the 240 remarkable objects on loan from 16 of the Shaanxi region’s most important archeological research institutions haven’t ever been before exhibited internationally. Terracotta warriors; funerary figurines; paintings and sculpture; architectural elements; arms and armor; ornaments in jade and gold, and earthenware objects excavated from the largest burial complex in China (and arguably the greatest archeological site in the 20th century since King Tut’s tomb) are among the outstanding objects on view illuminating the history behind a flourishing period of cultural and geopolitical unity that would have a profound effect on China to this day.