The Year of Dunhuang, Online


Virtual tours of China Institute’s symbiotic exhibitions Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road and Inspired by Dunhuang: Recreation in Contemporary Chinese Art are available online.  Together, they form The Year of Dunhuang and serve as a thoughtful presentation of contemporary Chinese art’s link to its foundations in the past.  The virtual galleries (which look fantastic) are well worth a look, particularly if you are or were unable to visit the actual galleries at the China Institute. The first exhibition which ran from April 9 – October 16, 2013 presented artifacts and artwork from Dunhuang (敦煌), a town at the crossroads of various routes along the ancient Silk Road that became an important cultural hub because of the merchants, diplomats, monks, and pilgrims from different cultures who passed through.  Given the vast number of objects found at Dunhuang and nearby grottoes, the exhibition was but a glimpse of a thousand years of cultural exchanges, religious practices, commerce, and aesthetics. The second exhibition which runs through June 8, 2014, continues Dunhuang’s heritage and tradition of bringing together diverse influences together with works of mixed media and various forms from modern and contemporary artists: Chang Shana 常莎娜 Emily Cheng (成瑞娴 / 成瑞嫻) Gao Peng (高鹏 / 高鵬) Li Quhu (李驱虎 / 李驅虎) Liu Dan (刘丹 / 劉丹) Liu Jude (刘巨德 / 劉巨德) Lu Mei (陆楣 / 陸楣) Sun Xiuting (孙秀庭 孫秀庭) Tian Fangfang  (田芳芳) Wang Mansheng (王满晟 / 王滿晟) Yu Hong ( 喻红 / 喻紅) Yuan Yunsheng (袁运生 / 袁運生) Zhang Daqian (张大千 / 張大千) Zhang Hongtu (张宏图 / 張宏圖) Zhou Xiaolu (周晓陆 / 周曉陸) Whitewall Magazine has a review of the current exhibition. Image: Andrew Shiue, faux mural at China Institute vestibule