Tibetan History and Culture Exhibition on View at Capital Museum
A Tibetan history and culture exhibition opened recently at the Capital Museum in Beijing, co-hosted by the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality and the People’s Government of Tibet Autonomous Region, co-organized by Beijing Municipal Bureau of Cultural Heritage and the Bureau of Cultural Heritage of Tibet Autonomous Region, and co-undertaken by the Capital Museum and the Tibet Museum.
A total of 216 relics on loan from 21 cultural organizations in Beijing, Tibet, Hebei, Chongqing and Qinghai are on display, including the rarely seen Bunian Tu, one of China’s most celebrated surviving ancient paintings. 180-odd exhibits are borrowed from cultural organizations, key temples and religious sites in the Tibet autonomous region. Relics from 13 temples including Jokhang Temple, Tashilhunpo Monastery and Sakya Monastery are shown to the public for the first time.
Featured at the exhibition is Bunian Tu, also known as "Emperor Taizong Receiving the Tibetan Envoy", which depicts a meeting between the Tang Dynasty emperor and a delegation from Tibet, marking the first time the work is being shown outside the Palace Museum in decades. As one of China’s most celebrated surviving ancient paintings, Bunian Tu is generally believed to be painted by Tang Dynasty (618-907) artist Yan Liben. Since the painting is too old, it will be exhibited at the Capital Museum for only two months, for the sake of protecting the relic.
Time of the Exhibition: February 27, 2018—July 22
Place of the Exhibition: B Exhibition Hall, 1st floor of the Capital Museum
Location of the Museum: No.16 Fuxingmenwai St., Xicheng District, Beijing
Open Hours: 9：00—17：00 (closed on Monday)