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Digital Dunhuang — Tales of Heaven and Earth

1/F Thematic Galleries 3, 4, 5 & Function Place
11 July 2018 – 22 October 2018

Jointly presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Dunhuang Academy
Jointly organised by Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Dunhuang Academy
Solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Supported by Friends of Dunhuang (Hong Kong)

With their vast repository of Buddhist art, the Dunhuang Caves have been acclaimed as an "Encyclopaedia of the Middle Ages". Following the great success of Dunhuang – Untold Tales, Untold Riches exhibition in 2014, Hong Kong Heritage Museum is delighted to join hands once again with Dunhuang Academy in presenting another exhibition on Dunhuang's grotto culture. This newly curated exhibition will highlight the achievements of digitisation projects of Dunhuang Academy, together with a presentation of unearthed artefacts, the grotto art of Dunhuang, and the latest multimedia technology, to allow visitors an opportunity to study Dunhuang culture up close and appreciate the stories of the Buddhist realm and the ordinary people.

Technology plays more and more important role in the cultural heritage conservation. Dunhuang Academy is a pioneer in the field among the cultural institutes in mainland China and has made substantial achievements in digitisation, 3D scanning and virtual reality representation of the Dunhuang relics, not to mention its accomplishments in promoting the cultural heritage of Dunhuang through internet and multimedia programmes. The exhibition will showcase 76 exhibits including a replica cave of Mogao Cave 285, virtual caves, a digitised monumental mural of Mogao Cave 61, Wutai Mountain, artefacts and archives, interactive multimedia installations and audio-video programmes, to offer a unique museum experience that allows visitors to learn about the history and art of the Dunhuang Caves.

To complement the exhibition, Hong Kong Heritage Museum will launch a series of programmes, which will include concerts, educational activities, talks, guided tours and outreach drama performances. During the exhibition period, a video show entitled Mogao Caves down the Millennia will be screened at the Museum and a mini display on Dunhuang music culture will be organised in the Function Place on the first floor of the Museum. For details, please refer to our upcoming newsletter #71 (July to September 2018) or visit our website in early July for the latest information.

 

Exhibit Highlights

Wutai Mountain (Detail)

Mogao Cave 61
Five Dynasties period

Wutai Mountain (Detail)

 

Mogao Cave 285

Mogao Cave 285

Western Wei period

 

Donor Portrait of Lady Wang from Taiyuan in Worship

Mogao Cave 130
High Tang Dynasty
Copy by Duan Wenjie

Donor Portrait of Lady Wang from Taiyuan in Worship