Shanghai gets a glimpse of rare treasures

( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-12-15 07:33:08

Shanghai gets a glimpse of rare treasures

The Buddha statue is among 165 sets of original works and artifacts on shown at Dunhuang-Song of Living Beings. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Dunhuang is a small town surrounded by the Gobi desert in Northwest China's Gansu province. It is a Mecca for Buddhist art for many.

From the 4th century to the 14th, artists and craftsmen made carvings inside mountain caves there and also created mural paintings, Buddha statues and other artworks. Today the caves are known as Dunhuang Grottoes, spanning more than 1,680 meters, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

An ongoing exhibition at the Himalayas Museum in Shanghai's Pudong area offers a glimpse into the great art and history of Dunhuang.

Dunhuang-Song of Living Beings is the first large-scale show of Dunhuang art in the city. The exhibits consist of 165 sets of original works and artifacts.

The museum refurbished its central exhibition hall to present eight replica caves that represent the highest artistic value of the Dunhuang Grottoes.

Also on show are 11 copies of painted stucco statues and 60 copies of murals, all made by artists and craftsmen from the Dunhuang Art Institute (the precursor of the Dunhuang Research Academy), who have worked on the restoration and protection of Dunhuang for decades.

The exhibition is co-curated by Wang Xudong, director of Dunhuang Research Academy, and Wong Shun-kit, advisor to the Himalayas Museum.

This is the first time the academy has joined hands with a private museum to present an exhibition, says Wang.

The exhibition also includes a number of contemporary artists' work from home and abroad, scattering them among the ancient paintings and sculptures.

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