MAGAO GROTTOES, DUNHUANG
An Exhibition of Buddhist Cave Paintings from China
|20th Dec1991 - 3rd Feb.1992|
These murals have been copied by great Chinese artists with patience, perseverence and rare fidelity. Prof. Duan Wenjie and Prof. Shi Weixiang, along with others, have been engaged in copying these mural paintings over the last 40 years. Today, these constitute a unique documentation of the original murals. The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is privileged to host this exhibition in collaboration with the Dunhuang Academy at the Mogao Grottoes.
The Exhibition comprises 55 copies of mural paintings. These have been divided into nine sections. The themes of the paintings range from Chinese version of the Jataka stories to the life of the Bodhisattvas specially Manjusri and Avalokitesvara and visual representations of other Chinese myths.
Stylistically, the murals reflect the affinities with the Indian and other Central Asian traditions as also some very distinctive Chinese features. Many motifs common to Asian traditions -- the Meru / Sumeru, the flying figures, the Nagas -- are in evidence. So also are the abstract designs of the Mandalas and geometrical patterns of the ceiling.
These copies will evoke associative memories of murals of the caves of India and the reminiscences of murals from Central Asia in the National Museum in New Delhi.
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