The First Emperor, Qin Shihuang (259-210 BCE) was all these things and more. His storied legacy is rich with enduring achievements, including the unification of China under centralized imperial rule, brilliant military systems and advanced engineering and assembly production. He is also remembered for burning scores of books, burying scholars alive and achieving widespread domination through devastating bloodshed.
The First Emperor conquered much in this life, but his driving purpose was even greater: He sought to conquer death. In order to achieve immortality, he built himself a tomb—a vast underground city guarded by a full-size terracotta army including warriors, infantrymen, horses, chariots and all their attendant armor and weaponry.
First unearthed in 1974, the underground tomb of the First Emperor is a revelation for the ages, an astonishing discovery on par with Egypt’s mummies and elaborate tombs. Contemporary observers continue to be enthralled by his legacy, and it is through this ongoing interest that the First Emperor did indeed achieve immortality. This exhibition includes ten figures—only a representative sample of the actual army, which (to date) includes over 8,000 excavated life-sized figures and over 10,000 weapons.
Opening Party with Special Guest CHERYL
San Franciscooooo! Come out to play-aayyy!
We're unveiling China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy with an ultra-high-energy event that's sure to shake the generals, cavalrymen, and archers in the Terracotta Army out of their 2,000 year slumber. How? With CHERYL, a zany artist collective that throws "the Big Apple's most outrageous party" (Time Out London). They've earned a worldwide cult following for their video art, museum installations, and "...massive, sweaty, costumed affairs..." (Paper Magazine).
Inspired by the Terracotta Warriors and '70s cult gang film The Warriors, CHERYL will lead revelers in turf war antics and a dance rumble. Come with your posse and claim your territory with insane moves until no one's left standing on the dance floor. Roll deep with the Extra Action Marching Band, drinks, bites, a photo booth, and more. DJ Hakobo (owner of SOM Bar) will hold court and spin the best jams. Take a breather from the party euphoria and step into the galleries to be the first to see China's Terracotta Warriors. We're the only West Coast venue to present this exhibition of astonishing archaeological wonders.