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    High Hits Record-breaking Advance Ticket Sales for The First Emperor

    ATLANTA, October 9, 2008 – The High Museum of Art has over 50,000 advance ticket reservations for "The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army," which opens Sunday, November 16, 2008, and runs through April 18, 2009. This is the largest number ever of advance ticket reservations for the High. The exhibition was previously on view at the British Museum in London (September 13, 2007, through April 6, 2008) and sold out every time slot to over 850,000 visitors.

    The High will celebrate the opening of the exhibition on Sunday, November 16 from 12 to 5 p.m. with a special opening ceremony at "Ni Hao, Atlanta! A Celebration Fit for an Emperor." Visitors will enjoy traditional Chinese dance and musical performances, as well as art-making workshops to make a miniature terracotta warrior for a miniature army display. The celebration surrounding this exhibition will continue throughout the fall with the following programs:

    • Lecture: Chinese History & World History, Wednesday, October 15, 7 p.m., Hill Auditorium
    • Lecture: The First Emperor – Curator's Introduction, Saturday, November 15, 2 p.m., Rich Theatre
    • Go All Night! Friday, November 28, 9a.m. to 2 a.m.
    • Hands on for the Holidays and Holiday Music: December 26 – 31; 1 to 4 p.m.

    High Museum of Art members will be admitted to "The First Emperor" for free and will have special access to preview the exhibition before it opens to the public. Memberships may be purchased online at www.High.org or at the museum. Individual ticket prices are $18 for adults; $15 for students and seniors with ID; $11 for ages 6 to 17; and free for age 5 and under. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets will include admission to "The First Emperor," "Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Masterpiece," all other special exhibitions and the High's permanent collection. An audio guide including both "The First Emperor" and "The Louvre and the Masterpiece" will be available for purchase—$5 for general public; $3 for Members, complete group bookings, and ages 17 and under. The audio guide will be included for school group admission.

    The High will also partner with Arts & Exhibitions International, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Brand Atlanta for a special "Treasures Fit for Kings" combination ticket that will offer discounted admission to both "The First Emperor" and "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" (Nov. 15, 2008 – May 25, 2009, at the Atlanta Civic Center). The combination ticket is scheduled to be available in early October via www.atlanta.net. Discounted group tickets for both exhibitions can be reserved by calling 1.866.52GROUP.

    The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army "The First Emperor" was inspired by one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Featuring over 100 works, including 15 terracotta figures, the exhibition represents one of the largest groups of important works relating to the First Emperor ever to be loaned to the U.S. by the Museum of the Terracotta Army and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Shaanxi Province in Xi'an, China. With rarely seen and recently discovered objects from his famed tomb complex, the exhibition will provide insight into the legacy of China's First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, who reigned from 221–210 B.C.

    "The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army" is made possible by Lead Sponsor GE, Presenting Sponsor Portman and Official Global Delivery Partner UPS, Official Airline Partner Delta Air Lines, and Official Media Partner Turner Broadcasting. Generous support is provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support provided by The E. Rhodes and Leona Carpenter Foundation and The Blakemore Foundation. This exhibition is presented in association with the British Museum with support from Morgan Stanley.

    High Museum of Art
    The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High's Media Arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum's size, creating a vibrant "village for the arts" at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.High.org.

    The Woodruff Arts Center
    The Woodruff Arts Center is the largest arts center in the Southeast as well as one of the four largest in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines five visual and performing-arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, Young Audiences and the 14th Street Playhouse.

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