22 February – 8 April
An exhibition, the result of an important partnership between the Venetian University and two important Chinese institutions, is presenting the Italian public for the first time with art from the Buddhist religious complex at Dunhuang, an important site made up of 492 sanctuary-caves dug into the rock and decorated with over two thousand statues and 45,000 sqm of wall paintings.
Located in an oasis surrounded by high mountains, amongst the Gobi Desert sands, and characterised by enormously large grottoes, it is now part of the “Unesco World Heritage List”.
The exhibition also presents some wall paintings depicting scenes from everyday life in Chinese society during the 4th-14th centuries, in a place that has always been a crossroads for cultures on the commercial way known as the Silk Road, now enhanced and newly promoted by the Chinese government.
Curator, Lou Jie.