Germany’s fake Xian terracotta warriors – seems even the museums get duped sometimes

fake_terra_cotta_warrior Germany's fake Xian terracotta warriors - seems even the museums get duped sometimes

More than 10,000 visitors to an exhibition of terracotta warriors in Hamburg are to be offered refunds after organizers admitted the figures on display are fake. Germany’s art world was stunned by the scandal, which came to light when officials from Xian, the home of the 2,000-year-old clay army, said they were unaware that they had lent any of their figures to Germany and that those on display at Hamburg’s Museum of Ethnology could not possibly be real as the originals were all elsewhere.

Whoops! TV show assistant smashes 2,500-year-old Chinese bronze mirror

ancient_chinese-bronze-mirror_smashed Whoops! TV show assistant smashes 2,500-year-old Chinese bronze mirror

Here is one that seemed to miss me, despite having even been picked up by wired magazine. Ever get nervous watching people handle priceless porcelain or works of art? Worried they might drop it? Well how about this one (Anyone have the video of this?). TV show assistant smashes 2,500-year-old bronze mirror 2007-01-17 03:30:10 Xinhua […]

Dutch designer Maarten Baas in Shanghai: Interesting twists on Chinese traditional furniture designs

chinese-lawn-chair-side-in-wood Dutch designer Maarten Baas in Shanghai: Interesting twists on Chinese traditional furniture designs

I stumbled upon this rather amusing post on designaddict.com which talks about Maarten Baas‘s, recent Jully 2008 exhibition at Contrasts gallery in Shanghai. While participating in Contrasts’ residency program, which brings Western artists to China to study local artistic and cultural practices, Baas became fascinated with traditional Chinese woodcarving; this exhibition is dominated by the […]

Video: A Chinese twist on the popular TV show Antiques Roadshow.”

 Video: A Chinese twist on the popular TV show Antiques Roadshow."

There is a great show on on BTV (Beijing TV) called “World of Collecting (天下收藏)” which I happened to stumble upon late one evening while flipping though the Chinese channels. Normally I avoid the Chinese channels like the plague since about 90% of the time they are either a) boring b) lame c) boring and […]

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