Past exhibition

The exhibition

For the first time, an entire group of real terracotta figures from Qin Shi Huangdi's monumental imperial tomb will visit Switzerland and be presented to the public in Bern. Do not miss this unique opportunity to experience a face-to-face encounter with these life-sized and detailed figures.

The terracotta army of Qin Shi Huangdi (259–210 BC) was discovered by chance in 1974. This army of around 8000 terracotta warriors was one of the most famous archaeological discoveries of all time. It is part of a tomb complex, which, to date, has only partially been uncovered. Since 1987 it has been inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites and is often called the Eighth Wonder of the World.

The exhibition "Qin - The eternal emperor and his terracotta warriors" focuses on the formation of the Chinese Empire, the flamboyant personality of its First Emperor and his monumental tomb complex with the spectacular terracotta army, as well as the legacy of his reign in China. The terracotta figures will be presented together with around 220 other precious and fascinating artefacts pertaining to the early history of the Chinese Empire. The exhibition (with explanations in German, French and English) will introduce visitors to the "Middle Kingdom" by highlighting the history of its civilisation and its rich cultural heritage. An audio guide is available in German, French, English and Italian.

Such an extraordinary event is only possible with the support of a strong partner. Having previously supported "Tutanchamun" in the Antikenmuseum Basel (2004) and "Vincent van Gogh" in the Kunstmuseum Basel (2009), "Qin – The eternal emperor and his terracotta warriors" is another UBS cultural involvement project.

The lavishly illustrated companion volume to the exhibition
is available in the online shop.