Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 10, 2010: Toronto - Terracotta Warriors, Semi-New Bat Cave

With a free pass to the ROM in hand (courtesy of Toronto Public Library's Museum Arts Pass program) I went to see the Terracotta Warriors exhibition. Pretty good, although they missed out on the opportunity to convey the feeling of discovering all the thousands of warrior statues massed together, which is one of the most extraordinary things about the find. I can understand that they couldn't transport thousands of statues overseas, but why not include some sort of photographic imagery or multimedia display that would give that same feeling? Isolated individual statues just didn't have the same impact, as their quality isn't that high. The Crystal, as always, was an irritating space to visit - chopped up in weird angles, with dispiriting, confusing staircases to get anywhere. It's a building that doesn't like people. Or art.

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