Exhibition of Tibetan wall paintings from the 13th to 15th centuries

An exhibition in Shanghai features replica murals from Sakya, Shalu and Palcho monasteries between the 13th and 15th centuries in the Xigaze region of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Sakya is one of the four major Buddhist schools in Tibet, and the monastery library is considered one of Tibet’s cultural treasures. Shalu is recognized as a center of scholarly learning and psychic training, and its wall paintings are considered to be the oldest and finest in Tibet. The main reason for Palcho’s popularity is the fusion of Han Buddhist, Tibetan and Nepalese architecture.

Wall paintings from the 13th to 15th centuries have rarely been found in Tibet. The wall paintings of Tibetan monasteries are well preserved with clear details. There are artistic elements from Nepal, reflecting a time when Buddhism spread to Tibet before intermingling with Chinese culture.

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The wall paintings of Tibetan monasteries are well preserved with clear details.

Following the timeline of the great revival of Buddhism in Tibet, visitors learn how Tibetan artists matured and developed a new approach to artistic creation through close communication with Han artisans.

Additionally, three interactive installations derived from the ancient murals are displayed on the second floor of the museum, providing a multi-dimensional way to look at and understand Tibetan culture.

There is also a workshop for those wishing to gain hands-on experience. The “520” mural, assembled from several sheets of paper to form a complete portrait of Bodhisattva Tara, resembles puzzles that invite speculation about their creation.

Exhibition of Tibetan wall paintings from the 13th to 15th centuries

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The “520” mural welcomes anyone who wants to try their hand at creating.

Exhibition Information

Date: until May 22 (closed on Mondays), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Venue: Xuhui Art Museum

徐汇艺术馆

Address: 1413 Huaihai Road M.

淮海中路1413号

Guided tours are available at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.