China's bronze art flourished in the Shang and Zhou (c.16th century - 256 BC) dynasties, a period spanning most of China's slavery society and the start of its feudal society. In this period, bronze forging became the most important handicraft manufacturing sector, when large numbers of imposing bronze wares were produced to cater to the need of aristocrats and slave owners for daily and ritual uses.
The Shanghai Oriental Art Center will be bringing together internationally acclaimed artists and groups in a new performance season, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Mariinksy Orchestra, soprano Angela Gheorghiu, pianist Li Yundi, the St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet and the Chinese Cloud Gate Dance Theater.
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